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RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿ’ผ Foundation of Light are hosting a Jobs Fair at the Beacon of Light to showcase opportunities available across the cityโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Welcome aboard, Danny #HawayTheLads https://t.co/Hb40l0osj3

๐Ÿ”œ Check out our timetable of holiday courses for February half-term. โšฝ Perfect way to keep the kids entertained.โ€ฆ https://t.co/bvXflOlIqW

RT @SAFCFoL: ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ#FITBLACKCATS is a free health course to motivate #SAFC fans. ๐Ÿ‘Š 12 supporters lost an average of 5kg each over the 12 weโ€ฆ

โค๏ธ๐Ÿค ๐‘ถ๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’˜๐’ https://t.co/i1gzWyKXl2

๐ŸŒŸ A glowing endorsement of our #FITBLACKCATS course, courtesy of Craig. If youโ€™re interested in the free health anโ€ฆ https://t.co/sXarAJtAho

๐Ÿ’™ People experience mental health problems all year round, not just on #BlueMonday ๐Ÿง  Our #BeAGameChanger programmeโ€ฆ https://t.co/va9cpHKvSP

RT @MMC_Research: Such fantastic news for our friends at @SAFCFoL.

#๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™ช๐™š๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™– ๐™๐™–๐™จ๐™๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ Mental health can affect ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ one on ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ day Letโ€™s remind ourselves of the positiveโ€ฆ https://t.co/1AZFz1bkU5

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ#FITBLACKCATS is a free health course to motivate #SAFC fans. ๐Ÿ‘Š 12 supporters lost an average of 5kg each oveโ€ฆ https://t.co/q7UOkuYcOq

๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ก! ๐Ÿ”œ Our timetable of holiday courses for February half-term is the perfect way to keep the kids enterโ€ฆ https://t.co/mTR352oFex

RT @farooqhakim68: Privileged to attend @BeaconofLight and see @sunderland_cc grant @SunderlandAFC FA Cup squad of 1973 the Freedom of theโ€ฆ

โšฝ๏ธ Our #ManvFat league returns! If you've not given it a go before, come along and give it a try... https://t.co/yOU8w3ZMDq

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ Hereโ€™s Mollie with a quick introduction to our free FIT BLACK CATS health and fitness programme. ๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธโ€ฆ https://t.co/ZormBG9UhA

1๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃ years ago today a last-gasp Asamoah Gyan equaliser saved #SAFCโ€™s derby day blushes at the @StadiumOfLightโ€ฆ https://t.co/R3LhKBmCW9

โค๏ธ Hแด‡สŸแด˜ แดœs แดแด€แด‹แด‡ แด€ แด…ษชา“า“แด‡ส€แด‡ษดแด„แด‡... Join us in 2022, we have a number of job opportunities available ๐Ÿ‘‰โ€ฆ https://t.co/Rc50NZZYC5

๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ Itโ€™s matchday! Weโ€™re not at the SoL today, so thereโ€™ll be no ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” lottery. ๐Ÿป You can still lend yoโ€ฆ https://t.co/K54SnxbfRu

๐Ÿ’š Jแดษชษด แดแดœส€ แดแด€แด›แด„สœแด…แด€ส แด›แด‡แด€แด We're looking for people to support our matchday lottery: โ–ช๏ธ sell tickets to #SAFC fansโ€ฆ https://t.co/5r5Bb5DnmA

๐Ÿ  Part time role available at our @BeaconofLight home - yes, weโ€™re biased, but itโ€™s an amazing place to work โคต๏ธ https://t.co/xJrda2A44Q

Open letter from Sir Bob Murray

2020 has been an extremely challenging year for everyone and one we may remember for many of the wrong reasons.

Pandemic is not a word many of us used before this year. None of us could have ever imagined the personal losses so may have suffered, the economic hardship that thousands in our region now face, as well as the isolation and mental anguish so many are now feeling. This is a historic period in all our lifetimes and is definitely one that none of us will ever forget.

But out of the darkness comes light and there have been some things that we will hold dear as we move into 2021 – a revised sense of community spirit; a desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves; and an enormous pride in the commitment and dedication of our frontline and key workers.

Some of the most memorable stories to emerge this year, are those of the NHS heroes gallantly leading the fight against COVID-19.

This year we, as a Foundation, have been proud to play our part in supporting this incredible institution protect the health of our communities. In February, we welcomed the NHS Northern Gambling Addiction Clinic โ€“ operated by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – to the Beacon, whilst in March we provided defibrillators to local hospitals, and since the summer we have been encouraging football fans to stop smoking through the Northumbria NHS Quit for COVID-19 campaign.

As a nation we owe a huge debt of thanks to the NHS. As a Foundation, we will continue to work closely with this with incredible institution on a number of different projects in 2021 to help to positively improve the physical and mental health of the region.

This year, the Foundation of Light staff have shown immense commitment to their work, often pulling together in difficult circumstances to ensure we continue to support and help those in our communities who need our help.

I am in awe of the difference they make every day – to supporting over 1,000 socially-isolated older people with telephone befriending services, care packages or online activities through to supporting the unemployed and furloughed re-train and learn new skills, as well as providing dedicated support for young people and low-income families across the North East.

Finally, as we move into 2021, now is the time for us to continue that rekindled community spirit, be kind to one another and continue to help those who need it most through the darker days. I have no doubt that although the road ahead is still rocky, we will re-emerge stronger and be able to positively look forward to the future once again.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported the Foundation this year. Your support means the world to the us, our participants, donors and communities.

As we move into our 20th birthday year, I hope you and your loved ones had the best Christmas possible and I wish you a healthy 2021.

Sir Bob Murray CBE
Chair of Trustees

How You Can Help
The Foundation of Light is currently aiming to raise ยฃ10,000 to support those who are social isolated across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham stay connected. We have reached the half way point, with Sunderland AFC fans raising over ยฃ5,000 before Christmas.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have supported over 1,000 people. We want to continue that support until at least March 2021. By donating ยฃ5, you will provide an older person with access to telephone befriending, online activities and garden-gate visits to help them stay mentally and physically healthy in their homes.

Help us, help them today. Donate online viaย justgiving.com/campaign/quid

Written By Sir Bob Murray CBE

28 December 2020

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