There is no denying 2020 will go down as quite the memorable year.

And while much of it won't exactly raise a smile, there has been plenty to give hope. And we want to celebrate all your reasons to be cheerful.

At the start of the year, people across the world came together to help Australia in the fight against devastating wildfires.

Ten-year-old Dylan Valentine, from Shotton, helped his mum Nicky to make koala bear pin badges to raise funds for firefighters and a koala hospital, and many schools across Wrexham and Flintshire held fundraisers.

Then as the grip of the coronavirus pandemic took hold, communities rallied more than ever.

There were groups sewing PPE for hospital and care workers, thousands signed up for a national volunteer scheme, and neighbours looked out for each other.

People had their special occasions in new ways, including lockdown births and birthdays.

And it's these very moments we want to celebrate - your reasons to smile.

Whether it's from the early days of lockdown, recently or something you're looking forward to, share it with us and spread the cheer.

You can send your reasons to be cheerful here or email

Here are two such moments from Leader readers, that are simply joyful...

The Leader:

Debra Buckley, from Gwersyllt, sent us this photo of a special hug with her mum, Sheila Buckley, on their joint birthday.

The garden celebration came after months of keeping in touch from a distance.

She said: "I celebrated my 50th birthday on September 27, which happens to also be my mum's birthday (76). We just thought the photo summed up the year, to bring some love and positivity, not to take our life for granted."

The Leader:

Alice Bennett and Patrick Kidd welcomed to the world their baby, Cooper Owen Bennett.

Cooper arrived at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, weighing 8lb 4oz, on August 11.

Mum Alice, 21, from Deeside, said: "My due date was July 31 but my little boy was stubborn and came 11 days later. I was induced at 7am on August 10. That night was the worst thunderstorm I had ever witnessed. The storm had woken all the new babies on the ward. I gave birth the next day at 7.14pm to my beautiful baby boy. We went home two days later to be reunited with his daddy. I'm glad I had my little boy keeping me company in the hospital without my partner. We announced his name when he was a week old as Cooper. I am so happy with my experience and so proud to have my little boy and to be his mum."