Crikey, it’s here — 2018. It feels like just yesterday that I was presenting live to 100,000 people with the Volunteer Live Team on the attack at the Reina Nightclub in Istanbul. Looking back, 2017 has been, frankly, a bloody shit year.
2016 was the year when many of our favourite celebrities died. It feels like, in 2017, the rest have turned out to be paedophiles. I’m honestly not sure if I want to look toward 2018, because the years seem to progressively get worse.
From 5 terrorist attacks in the UK this year1 to many issues of my own, including the breakdown of my relationship, being bullied online and much more, this year has been more difficult than any ever.
On the other hand, the kindness of humanity has shone on through. From the One Love Manchester concert after the awful bombing at the Manchester Arena, to the response to the bullying of Keaton Jones, this year has shown the best sides of us all.
I’d also like to offer my thanks to those who I worked with when we set up the first website for the victims of the fire at Grenfell Tower, the day after the fire. To HM, CP, FK, and many more, you really all are the best.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you and your loved ones all the best for the year ahead. May 2018 be a year of celebration, love and joy for you all.
1 Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge, Finsbury Park, Parsons Green