Women in Journalism took a moment at our Christmas party to remember colleagues around the world who have been imprisoned or lost their lives this year. In a tribute to Burmese reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, our 200 hundred guests did a thumbs up and held mini posters for a photo for the campaigning organisation Reporters Without Borders .

The mood of the evening was far from sombre however as we celebrated a year in which WIJ has gone from strength to strength with our expanding mentoring scheme, a new ‘In Conversation series’ launched with Laura Kuenssberg, as well as our regular training seminars, the fourth year of our Georgina Henry Award for Innovation and our fabulous parties.

This one took place on 11 December on the 17th floor of our kind hosts News UK, with its panoramic views of London. We hosted journalists at all stages of their career, from students starting out to senior editors, leading writers and well-established freelancers, as well as the sponsors and organisations who have so generously supported us throughout the year. A special treat for 2018 was a seemingly endless supply of Green & Black’s chocolate distributed throughout the evening.

Our chair, Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times and editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, spoke about some of the great work female journalists have produced this year as well as touching upon the impact of the #MeToo movement and how it can improve the experience of female journalists in the workplace.

Guests went home with a generous goody bag, filled with a luxury pen and notepad from AB Ports, nail varnish and lipstick provided by L’Oreal, and even more Green & Black’s – but you can never have too much of that.

As well as huge thanks to these generous donors, we are also very grateful to Cision, the Journalists’ Charity, The Academy London, the Daily Mail, Dr Heffs, City University and GMG for their support. Rosewood London, where we will launch our Mentoring Scheme in 2019, kindly hosted us as did Wiggin LLP, at their office in Tottenham Court Road.

Finally, we would like to thank The Girls’ Network, a charity which provides mentors to young girls needing support to pursue the career and life that they want, for sponsoring our speed mentoring event, which will take place in the new year.

For now, we wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

We will be back in 2019 with our first event on 22 January, In Conversation with Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, followed by our How to Write a Perfect Pitch workshop on 2 February.

Keep an eye on all our upcoming events on our events page or by following us on Twitter @WIJ_UK. And find out more about how to join here.