How do you describe a week in which thousands of Londoners pulled together and donated to the London Food Bank in numbers we hadn’t seen before? Jane and I thought it might be best to let some of our volunteers speak for themselves, their wishes and Christmas and their compassion for those who feel marginalized. What they describe is what we all feel, especially in troubled economic times.

To all of you, a deep and abiding Christmas spirit all the year through. Thank you for your friendship and support, and above all for your belief in this country and what citizens can do.