This year Christmas at school is a happy occasion. Tom is taking part in the Christmas festivities at school, he attends Hillside Specialist School for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Longridge Preston and he is a different little boy to a year ago all because of this wonderful school.
The distress when a single child goes missing is enormous for the families involved. Imagine the scale of upset, then, given the suggestion by one charity that more than 130,000 children go missing in the UK each year. The figures quoted by Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) are staggering, beyond many people's comprehension.
A bottle of wine shared after a particularly trying day at work is far more relaxing than a bottle of wine binged upon while trawling deeper and deeper through the annals of Facebook, the stream of which seems to be filled exclusively with evidence that my exes are all coping with single life far better than I am.