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IT’S such an honour to say thank you to the tens of thousands of people in the United kingdom who took part in this year’s CSV Make a Difference Day at the end of October.

Although we are still doing the number crunching, it looks like we’ve beaten the 70,000 who took past last year to strengthen communities and share their skills and passions to benefit others.

Activities large and small included litter picking in parks, rivers and streets and talking about sexual health to young people through to the world’s biggest magic show and packing shoe boxes filled with presents for children.

Elsewhere more than 100 MPs and MSPs showed support, many inspiring volunteers in their own constituencies or volunteering at local charity shops.

If you’ve caught the volunteering bug and want to continue benefiting others then there are lots of other ideas for people of all ages to volunteer all year round at www.csv.org.uk/difference.

Hopefully we’ll be welcoming you to the 18th Make a Difference Day next year!

Pete Waterman

CSV Make a Difference Day