Mark Raeburn: 4 minute read

A Big Thank You to Everyone

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult year. You do not need us to say this. It has been a challenge for the entire human race but through this, we have pulled together. We have shown that we are stronger together and from all this strife, we will emerge.

2021 will still be challenging, we have no doubt about that, but day by day, we will move forward. We will weave Brexit into the narrative of our lives and ensure that the most vulnerable are protected. We will continue to push forward with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and build for the future.

A Big Thank You

Health and Social Care have been referred to as being on the frontline. Whilst this is not entirely accurate as they are not in a war, they are our first line of defence.

The NHS has been stretched and those that feed into the NHS have also been stretched. A new manner of working has been adopted. Distanced care has been what this year has been about. We have been forced to ditch our instincts and restrain ourselves from offering a hug.

Throughout all of this, those that offer care services have kept calm and carried on. They have adapted the way they provide support for those who are vulnerable. They have thought of those that need help, even when that meant putting themselves in harm’s way and we thank them.

Thank you for everything that you have done and will do moving forward.


Brexit has returned like the unwelcome, long lost relative that we all try to forget.

In less than one month the United Kingdom will leave Europe. Whether that is with a deal or without, is still to be decided and is hanging around like Ian Beale in an EastEnders Christmas Eve cliff hanger! The fact that we will leave in some form has been decided. It is the will of the majority and whilst we may have our personal feelings on the situation, you need to respect the vote.

We hope that the UK that remains behind, following on from the final version of this Brexit is one that continues to care. This is a great nation and one in which we are proud to support. We want to ensure that no matter what the final Brexit is, whether that be hard or soft, it is one that we can all stand behind.

The true measure of this nation following on from Brexit will be how we support the vulnerable. Will we plug the gaps in finances that have been caused by the pandemic and Brexit by cutting public services, or by banding together? Will we place the people first and work together for a better tomorrow?

…Mrs von der Leyen said: "Despite the exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations, despite the fact that deadlines have been missed over and over, we think it is responsible at this point to go the extra mile."

…Mr Johnson later said "where there is life, there is hope", and that the UK "certainly won't be walking away from the talks".
Brexit trade talks: UK and EU to 'go the extra mile' in effort to agree deal

We Can Do It

The extraordinary outpouring of support that has been seen in 2020 should be logged. If anyone says that the world is full of hate, then all we need to look at is the extraordinary response to the government’s appeal for NHS volunteers in March of this year.

‘In the space of a few weeks of coronavirus lockdown, England has acquired a million-strong network of social volunteers – surpassing demand and prompting speculation: is this a new sign of social solidarity, and can the newly acquired community spirit survive?’
A million volunteer to help NHS and others during Covid-19 outbreak, The Guardian

Time has moved on from there, but you simply need to scan the internet for a few seconds and you will see stories of good.

Of course, we all realise that the world is not perfect but this year has proven that we do have a social conscience. We do want to give back and ensure that those who are vulnerable receive the support that they deserve. If this was not true, then why would we have created the NHS in the first place?

We can move beyond the pandemic, beyond Brexit and beyond the divisions that have sprung up to create a new tomorrow. We can ensure that the future is bright.

Continuing to Support Everyone That Cares

Birthdays are important. They provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our lives and look forward to the next year of life. For us at OLM, 2021, will mark our 30th year in operation and we will be celebrating these 30 years.

Not through cakes and presents but through continuing to do what we do best and that is to make a difference. We will utilise our extensive skill set to help organisations that care find their place. We want to help them continue to create efficiencies and to continue caring for those that are in need.

We pride ourselves on not only keeping the lights on but also helping them talk to each other. We work with clients, with our focus being and to always be to make a difference. We are an organisation that cares about what it does and looks to always give back.

We may raise a glass in 2021 but that will only be with our clients and when we can see them live and enjoying the benefits that only Cloud Native tech can provide.

A Festive Final Thought

We would like to end 2020 by wishing everyone that cares for others a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will be thinking of you next Friday and as we move into the New Year. You are the beating heart of this nation and we offer our thanks, today, tomorrow, and with every day moving forward.

Thank you for everything that you have done this year and every year that has come before. We thank you for what you will do next year and in all the others that follow.

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.