CancerCare Trustees Away Day is a huge success

on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, South Cumbria, southlakeland, Ulverston

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello, By the time you read this I am hoping to be on a train to London with Alan to enjoy a long weekend in our capital. 

Although my week has been shorter, with a packed weekend last week, it’s not felt short. 

Firstly, we had a brilliant time on Saturday at our Trustee Board 'away day' in Lancaster. Then on Sunday we had a similarly wonderful time joining in with the fun and success of our annual Santa Dash.


The away day was facilitated by Maggie Shannon and Sally Watson and we were able to focus on some key strategic issues as well as reflect on how we have grown and how we work very effectively together.

All of our trustees give their time and expertise freely and I know I speak for everyone when I say a massive thank you for their support and guidance.

Sunday's Santa Dash was, I believe, the best yet, both in terms of numbers and visibility alongside the Lancaster BID Christmas Lights Switch On. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and, of course, to the 205 Santas of all ages who took part.

Some Santa Dash facts:
• Ethan Howes, 6, from Heysham was the child who raised the most sponsorship – an impressive total of £400 – and won the opportunity to switch on the Christmas lights.
• Jak Newby, 23, a Law student at Lancaster University, won the Festive 5K race.
• Ben Eaton, 17, from Lancaster came second in the 5K and Ben’s dad, David Eaton, one of our Trustees, came third.

Below is a photo of me and Susan Rutherford from Holdens Solicitors, one of the sponsors and Chair of Lancaster BID (the antlers are not real!)

On Monday I was pleased to take part, along with other agencies and especially the Bay Prostate Group, in a special open afternoon held for current patients and their partners and carers. It was very successful and made it much easier for patients to navigate their way around and talk to lots of different agencies in one room who can hopefully support them through their treatment journey.

I have also attended a meeting of the People’s Voice being established by NHS colleagues. The meeting held in Preston focused on end of life and support care in the area. I was keen to ensure that as a major provider of support we were represented.

We are beginning to decorate our centres for Christmas and make them warm and festive. If you can help, please do. 

I must finally comment on the continuing and amazing presence we are getting on social media. We all contribute to this but a big thumbs up to Ingrid Kent and Thea Bibby for their work on this.

This picture made me smile with the latest logo appearing on a SCS logistics van. They are renewing this across their fleet and Sandra Cottam-Shea, the owner and long-time CancerCare supporter, has promised me I can drive a HGV in the New Year once the re-brand is complete!

Next week, of course, is our legendary Christmas Fair at the home of life-long supporter Suzie Reynolds at Leighton Hall. Wednesday 5th December - an event not to missed.

I am also really pleased to report that a Christmas fair is being run by the Kendal drop in, coffee morning group and woodwork group on Friday 30th of November at the Lakes centre. I am sorry to miss it but I am sure it will be a great success.

Have a great weekend - London is calling!



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 01524 381820
Mob: 07966 502034