A Week to Reflect

on Friday, 26 May 2017. Posted in Blog Tags Ambleside, Better Care Together, cancer, Cancer Help Preston, CancerCare, Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, Lancaster University Colour Dash, Stella Duffy, The Bay Cycle Way

CancerCare CEO Neil's Weekly Blog

Good Morning, at the end of a week which has shook every day human beings to the core. Our response has been reflective, to look after each other and to do what we can to look forward and carry on as “normal".

However for some people, normal is something really hard to define. In my own reflection, it has brought into focus the work that we all contribute to all year round, which is our way I suppose of trying to re-establish “normal” for people who need help and support. So my week, I suspect, like yours, has been one of two halves.


Monday was dominated for me by a planning meeting with the management team, followed by lunch with the Ambleside Drop in, who are very much looking forward to their Summer Coffee Morning events and continuing to extend a warm hand of support and friendship in their Lakeland community.  


In the evening I attended my first Board meeting at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. I am really pleased to have been appointed as a Trustee, able I hope to bring some of my own experience of governance and organisational development and my love of the theatre into this voluntary role.

On Tuesday I attended The Vanguard event up at the University, which was useful and a way of the third sector working with colleagues from different parts of the Health Service in the review of the effectiveness of “Better Care Together” with a particular emphasis on the contribution third sector organisations like ours, make to the health of local communities. It is fair to say that we don’t always get the correct level of recognition but  I think this is changing slowly.

On Thursday I had a really good catch up with Jeannette Smalley the CEO of Cancer Help in Preston. We are jointly supporting the emerging Cancer Alliance for Lancashire and Cumbria and always seem to have something useful to share with each other.

Today of course, our monthly Coffee Mornings will be in full swing at both centres. Please continue to spread the word about these, as one supporter described them “the best place for a coffee, nice cake and a supportive chat”.

Good luck to our Colour Dash participants, our first event in conjunction with the University, and Alanna Fest, a fantastic community event organised by supporter Stella Duffy & family.
 Alison S and Tommy Bay Cycle Way 1

And lastly, a massive congratulations to our very own “Bradley Alison Stainthorpe Wiggins” who along with Tommy completed the Bay Cycle Way Challenge last week.  Together they have raised over £1000 which is brilliant.

Have a great weekend.