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Happy New Year everyone… and welcome back!

The mornings are still dark, the days still short and the temperature still very wintery… but the Rays team are back in the office and working hard to spread some sunshine. We have an incredibly busy year ahead and all departments are heading into the new year at full steam!

2018 will see the first year of our exciting partnership with Deutsch Bank. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this globally renowned company and our corporate partnerships team are busy planning lots of events and activities to make it a brilliant year for our new friends.

Our fundraising team have already sent us a busy calendar of events, with the promise of even more to be added! One of our most challenging and rewarding events each year is the London Marathon – it’s on 22nd April and places are limited so, if you’ve set a new year’s resolution to do something amazing this year, don’t miss the chance to sign up here:  https://raysofsunshine.org.uk/events/virgin-london-marathon-2018/

There also promises to be some great family fundraising events, where everyone can get involved and help to raise money while having lots of fun along the way. The wish team always look forward to these events as they give us the chance to meet more of our lovely wish families and fundraisers.

Speaking of the wish team; the wishes are already coming in thick and fast, with all of us diving straight back in after the break…researching, planning and – probably our favourite part – getting to know new wish families!

Our brilliant hospital activity days promise to be just as busy, fun and entertaining as ever in 2018! As I write this I can hear our hospital liaison manager scheduling everyone in for various dates while our volunteer activity co-ordinator plans all of the fabulous activities for the children to enjoy.

As for Days@Rays well, in 2018 we’re planning to be even bigger, better and brighter than last year! We’ll have more events coverage, more spotlights on wishes, more Feedback Fridays and lots more from behind the scenes at Rays of Sunshine! Look out for our new monthly ‘Getting To Know…’ feature where we’ll be introducing the team and finding out what makes them tick.

With everything that’s happening, it’s going to be a truly amazing year for us and we can’t wait to share every minute of it with you, our wonderful Rays of Sunshine family.