CancerCare and Lakeland work together for benefit of all

on Friday, 19 October 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Blog, cancer, CancerCare, CEO, Kendal, Lakeland, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, South Cumbria, South Lakeland, southlakeland

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello, The weeks are just going by too quickly! Monday started with a quick catch up between the Senior Management Team and we could only draw breath, check in with each other and our diaries for this week. However, we are planning a longer meeting next week to catch up on a number of important items.

Andrea Partridge, Suzzanne Allen, me,  Alison Locker and Lesley Metcalfe at Lakeland

Andrea Partridge, Ingrid Kent and I spent a great morning at Lakeland in Windermere on Wednesday talking to a number of staff about our work and expressing our appreciation for more than 27 years of support they have given to CancerCare.

We are planning a 'Cancer Hub' workshop with them next spring, which is really exciting. We'll also be sharing some stories on our links with Lakeland in the coming weeks. A special relationship to celebrate. Thank you Lakeland.

The Recovery Package

Later in the same day I attended the Living With and Beyond Cancer project group; a partnership group that I have always supported.

Our aim is to ensure that the essence of the Macmillan recovery package is embedded into clinical pathways and our own work in a supporting capacity.

So much has been achieved and there is more to do, however, the partners around the table continue to work together towards a common goal, supported by the many cancer patients who help, guide and influence the development of services.

All things money!

On Thursday I accompanied our treasurer, Fiona Weir, to a seminar aimed at charity trustees held at the auction mart at Crooklands near Kendal. It was a very informative day and timely, given that the trustees are commencing a review of our investment and reserves policy, so keeping up with good practice and ideas is very helpful. As you can imagine, this whole arena can be a scary place but I think we both came away with reassurance and some ideas to explore.

Today I am going to my last Integrated Care Community meeting, this time at Carnforth medical centre to talk about out work. 

This weekend starts for me tonight with dinner with an am dram pal of mine in town. Alan is away with a housing association board he sits on until tomorrow. Sunday is audition day for Hello Dolly in Blackpool - we have a full day of auditions planned. I can't wait to put the cast together. Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.

P.S. If you are a Shakespeare fan, go and see Henry 5th at the Dukes, on until tomorrow night; a compelling and imaginative take on a classic story! I went last night and it was superb.



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer