At this time of the year we see a little more light in the days as we approach February and we are thankful for that the bleakest days of winter will emerge into a beautiful springtime.

At the Hospice we would usually be in full-swing organising the annual Snowdrop fundraising appeal with lots of volunteer supporters out in the communities offering snowdrop pin badges in return for a donation. It's always an exciting time as it signals the start of our fundraising calendar for the year where we still rely on voluntary income of £12,900 every day to provide specialist palliative care at a time and place of need.

Of course it's disappointing for us not to be able to run the appeal this year but it's worth remembering that the snowdrops will still come through the cold ground and the significance of these beautiful little flowers.

Snowdrop flowers hold deep meaning as it is seen as a symbol of rebirth and the ability to overcome challenges in life. They can also show sympathy for someone struggling and serve as a symbol of hope.

Perhaps this year, more than ever, we need to look out for the snowdrops around us and remember their special meaning.