Val Hennessy

Val Hennessy
Director

 

It is coming up to the end of 2021 and, although I will not be sorry to say goodbye to this year, I am delighted that the year is finishing on the up. We have weathered the pandemic and are seeing an upswing in business and there is a sense of excitement in the air. 

It has been another full-on year, with only a 2-day break in October for the Amsterdam half-marathon, but, as Christmas approaches, I feel more energised than I have since 2019.  Our lives, though not exactly normal, have a rhythm again and Marcel and I are running (spearately), dancing (together) and seeing friends whenever the opportunity presents itself. If we all learn only one thing from the last two years it should surely be that we cannot pass up a chance to spend time with those we love.

Saskia is now in her final year at York and looking for her next challenge, most likely in the form of a Masters course, probably in London.  Nick still has a ways to go at Keele but is thoroughly loving his time there. I am so glad that they have both had relatively normal univeristy years and we are once again planning a family holiday for 2022! My heart goes out to the younger generation. When you look at all they have forfeited and at the challenges that face them, the only consolation is that young people are amazing and if anybody can turn things around, they can.

I have learned a lot in the last two years. We cannot always control what happens to us or those we love. But we can control how we respond and in that response we show our true colours.

 

 

 

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