I’m always inspired by the words of Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, at 9.20am every day it’s a moment to park your pressures and think of the bigger picture. No matter what your faith or belief, ‘Pause for Thought’ is a great chance to stop, take time and think… can you do more, be more, be better or be very very grateful and count your blessings. So, this week’s cracker from Harry Baker could not have been better timed for me, listening from my car whilst dropping off a hamper to a local food bank. ‘A Pause for Thought’ is exactly what we as a consumer PR agency did.
Harry’s debut ‘Pause for Thought’ focused on Christmas through the eyes of a child…
“In a year that has felt complicated and confusing, let’s learn from children who experience the unashamed joy of Christmas.”
Simply put, simple things, bring joy.
But how comfortable is it to celebrate joy, knowing that so many will find it difficult to find a reason to smile this Christmas?
With this in mind, at spottydog we started our Christmas celebrations with our own ‘Paws for Thought’ a few weeks ago with every team member adopting a good cause to support over Christmas. Through our combined efforts, this Christmas we’ve helped Birmingham Dog’s Home, Red Gate Farm Animal Sanctuary, Shelter, the Salvation Army shoe box appeal, Lingen Davies Centre, Mind, Rainbows Hospice Loughborough, Stroke Association, Alzheimers Society, St Barnabas Hospice Grantham, SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality), Free Radio’s Mission Christmas Birmingham Mail’s #BrumWish campaign and Ministry at Work. It’s not too late for you to help them too, if you’d like to join our ‘Paws for Thought’ just click on the links to all these great charities here.
Another way we’re also going to be sharing the joy over Christmas is getting behind the Twixtmas campaign to bring together five days of kindness and flood social media with happy thoughts. Sharing is caring, so we’re making a pledge to share an extra boost of #TwixtmasKindness from 27 – 31 December – why not visit the Twixtmas site and get involved?
So now we’ve delivered our gifts and donations over to these wonderful causes our Christmas giving is all wrapped up and I’ve got one last job to do, taking a ‘paws’ to say thank you to my own spottydog pups as we start our online Christmas party. It’s going to be a no-frills affair, but 2020 has shown that the gift of giving can be as simple as saying thank you and showing that you care.
Wishing that you all find joy, when you can take your own moment to ‘paws for thought’ this Christmas and on behalf of the spottydog pack we wish you peace, joy and happiness for 2021.