Although the snow that brought news crews out to isolated crossroads in villages in their thousands (There can hardly have been a village without its own news team) thanfully recedes, its impact lingers on.
When people tackled the elements - and bands of stranded reporters, sound and cameramen - they understandably tended to purchase essential items. This left our open charity shops - only about 4% closed - short of both customers and stock donations. Scant reward for a sterling effort from shop staff and volunteers.
All of this means that my attention this week will be tuned to getting people to donate their good-quality unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac direct to their local Scope shop: http://www.scope.org.uk/shop/shopsmap.php
Before a dose a seasonal flu that is doing the rounds in Scope towers I was contacted by a magazine looking to speak someone who has been awarded a facilities grant, but their landlord refused to have the work done. If you'd like to tell your story to a journalist please contact me at email@example.com or on 020 7619 7702.