Happy New Year and farewell to my friends at CancerCare

on Friday, 04 January 2019. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Blog, cancer, CancerCare, CEO, cumbria, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, south cumbria, southlakeland, Ulverston

CEO of CancerCare Neil Townsend set to retire

Hello and a Happy New Year to you all. It’s been a short week back in the office, catching up on all those jobs you never get finished before Christmas.

May I say a big 'thank you' to the CancerCare staff, volunteers and therapists who worked during the holiday.

Although it was fairly quiet, we supported a number of clients and held a very lively coffee morning in Lancaster as well as doing some of the traditional filing and tidying up.

As many of you will already know, I announced my decision and intention to take early retirement at the end of March 2019.

This is an extract from the email I send internally to all my colleagues:

"I have some news to tell you, something very personal to me and an email message seems the best way to do this, so here goes. After careful consideration I have decided to take early retirement. This is part of what Alan and I have been thinking about as we consider the next chapters in our lives. I will therefore retire from my role as the Chief Executive of CancerCare at the end of March 2019. I am very excited about the prospect of my retirement but I am also sad to be leaving such a great charity. The past four and a bit years have, for me, been amazing and I am personally very proud of the all the things CancerCare has achieved, the culture that has been established, our future plans and the direction of this great organisation.

"Until I retire its business as usual for me, with so much to plan and deliver over the coming months including our revised operational plan, budget and the recommendations of the recent fundraising strategy, not to mention progression of our new centre in Barrow.

"I have been overwhelmed by the many kind messages of support I have already had from both inside and outside the CancerCare family. Thank you so very much."

As I have said there is loads to do and that is what I will be pushing on with over the coming weeks.

Later today I am attending, on CancerCare’ s behalf, the funeral of Richard Gillow Reynolds, the late husband of Suzie Reynolds from Leighton Hall, who is one of CancerCare’s long-standing supporters. Richard had been ill for some time. We offer of sincere condolences to Suzie and her family at this difficult time.

Alan and I are entertaining friends tonight for dinner, with hopefully some good walking planned over the weekend if the weather holds up.

Whatever you are doing, have a great weekend and full blog service will resume next week!



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer