My wife and I were so deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the dreadful loss of life and devastation caused by the recent  flooding and mudslide in Freetown and we wanted you to know just how much our hearts go out to all those who have been so cruelly bereaved or injured, or whose homes have been destroyed.

However inadequate this may be, I can only assure you that Sierra Leone is very much in our thoughts and prayers.