Every year on the last working day before the Christmas holiday we hold a Christmas Party for women at the project. This party begins at 12 noon and continues until midnight. During the day we cook a full Christmas lunch which we serve individually to women as they come in. Staff and volunteers dress in fancy dress, we give out a bag of Christmas presents to each woman and young person and we play party games. A member of staff dresses as Santa and we take photos of women receiving their gifts. We try to make the day as special as possible as we know for many women this will be their only celebration. Many of the women we support find Christmas to be a particularly difficult time, especially if they are estranged from their families or have lost custody of children. It is usually both the happiest and the most poignant day of the year for all present.