CancerCare volunteers make the difference to people with cancer

on Friday, 02 November 2018. Posted in Blog Tags barrow, blog, cancer, CancerCare, fundraising, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, south cumbria, southlakeland

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello! I have just been reading through this week’s Fundraising Update...such a great deal of exciting things going on and lots of activities planned.

As our Fundraising Team Coordinator Anna Webster says, we owe a huge thank you to all of our volunteers (such as our volunteer driver, David Pickering, pictured above with oe of our clients at Slynedales in Lancaster) and supporters for all they do in so many amazing and ingenious ways. Thank you all!

On Monday, almost six months from the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), our task and finish group met to review our work plan.

We are continuing to look at the most effective ways we can archive old data held on our systems and we are all working to support Alison Dixey and David Haworth with this year’s Information Governance Return which we complete every year. By working together we are making good progress towards the March deadline.

Later on Monday I met up with our Furness area fundraiser Emma Athersmith in Ulverston for a smashing catch up, discussing the fundraising plan for Barrow and the wider engagement of key partners, supporters and businesses.

Next stop was an equally energetic lady called Joan Newby, who belies her 96 years and, along with the rest of the Ambleside Drop In and their supporters, are busy putting the finishing touches to their Christmas Fair.


Every time I call in its someone’s birthday so I enjoyed yet another home baked delight!

On Tuesday I continued with my round of work reviews, all positive stuff and great to check in with individuals. Wednesday was the Cancer Support Groups' annual conference held in Preston and hosted by CancerHelp, ourselves and Rosemere, who fund the event.

More than 110 people attended. It was the best yet with some amazing speakers with a theme of research and innovations that are having a positive impact on cancer treatment and patient care.

It was a great day with really super feedback. Andrea Partridge, as ever, did a great job at dealing with all the background booking arrangements. Not an easy task, thank you Andrea.

On Thursday I had my own work review and a chance to catch up with our chairman, Andrew Birchall. We had a really productive session, thinking ahead and particularly planning the Trustee away day which takes place later this month.

Later in the day Alison, Fiona and I held our six monthly review meeting with StarVale our lottery managers. Progress with our Barrow and Furness growth is excellent as well as the day to day maintenance of the existing scheme, which has been running since 2002.

We are expecting to go above 7,500 weekly draw lines for the first time in recent history. We have been here once before but have worked hard over the past three years to recover from a low of around 6,500. Please keep promoting the lottery to friends and family.

We also have our special Christmas lottery gift vouchers, where you can buy a relative or a friend six months or 12 months play…a perfect present for those people who have everything and better than a dodgy gift that someone does not really want!

I am just about to attend a meeting at Heysham Power Station Visitor centre, which I have been invited to and is all about community outreach and sharing. I hope this will be a useful meeting and chance to network.

Later this evening, I’ll be in Heysham for a special evening of Lancashire themed entertainment, arranged by supporters Edith Farrar and Freda Addison.

There’ll be live music and a traditional hot pot supper at this sold-out event, really looking forward to a great night. Tomorrow Alan and I have my cousin Susan and her husband David down from Millom for an evening of Indian food. Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer

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