A very happy Christmas to you all…

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We would like to wish all of our clients, associates and website friends a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thanks to everyone for making 2011 such an archaeological treat.

As we approach the end of a busy year, it seems an opportune time to tell you about the charity that we will be supporting, not only this Christmas, but into the future. The charity we have chosen is Never Give Up, a foundation that was set up by my sister-in-law, Pamela McConnell, in honour of her daughter and my niece, Abbi. Abbi passed away in 2010, aged just 17, after a valiant battle against cancer.

In the last months of her short life, Abbi turned her thoughts, not to her own struggle, but to her family, friends and the numerous medical professionals who supported her tirelessly. She recognised that in many cases, those looking after a loved one with a terminal illness need support too and Never Give Up was founded to serve that principle.

Brickfield Offices in the snow...

Our small contribution to the memory of Abbi is to raise money at various public events in the Context One calendar. This year it included a collection during two Open Days that we held at our Maperton Offices as part of the Festival of  British Archaeology and a donation instead of sending out corporate Christmas cards. Personally, I also spent an exciting and yet poignant two weeks with my brother, Jeremy (Abbi’s Dad), back in May as he cycled the length of the country from John O’Groats to Lands End on his 30 year old bike! Not bad for someone who isn’t a cyclist! He raised nearly £5,000 and I was honoured to support him. We kept a daily blog and it’s well worth a read for all the ups and downs of this mammoth journey.

A new challenge is being planned for 2012 and we will be bringing you all the news as our plans are refined. In the meantime, if you attend any of our public events, then you will see us with collecting bucket in hand!

We look forward to working with all our partners in 2012.

Richard McConnell on behalf of all at Context One.

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