Neil's Blog #65

on Friday, 16 December 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Ambleside, Andrew Birchall, Barrow, CancerCare, CancerCare Counts, Christmas, Joan Newby, Kendal, Lancaster, Lancaster Guardian, Mitchells Brewery, slynedales, Trustee Board

Good afternoon. I have been over in Kendal this morning to join in with the coffee morning, as I have not managed to go for a while. It's been really nice catching up with some of our regular attendees.

It was great to see us keeping the blog theme last week in my absence, with the lovely introduction of our new Chairman Andrew Birchall. New to his role but not to CancerCare. We are recruiting for more Trustees to join our board at the moment - full details can be found here. If you are aware of anybody who might be interested, with the right skill set then do please encourage them to apply or contact me for a chat.

In other news, it’s been a busy week, full of discussions and planning including the next stages of the Lancaster Guardian's fabulous CancerCare Counts campaign, which I'm sure you'll agree has been simply amazing for our work and profile.  We will be ending the year with a really great round up story that will move us into an emphasis on the importance of raising money and our aspirations for the teenage and young people’s service in 2017. Watch this space, or more accurately, next week's Guardian!

Neil Joan and Malcolm

On Monday I had the pleasure - along with Malcolm, our President - of joining Joan Newby and all the members of our Ambleside Drop in Group, for their Christmas lunch. We had a great meal, with plenty of chat and good company. It was lovely and topped off their 25th anniversary year in style.

Driving back it was great to talk to Malcolm who was reflecting on a year of great progress for the charity, so close to his heart. He told me to pass on this message: "All of you who are part of the organisation and have contributed to our efforts during 2016, thank you"

Rachel H

It was great to see our new Barrow Development Officer Rachel Minshull settling into her new role. She is pictured above outside our office space in Barrow, kindly provided by the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Hitting the ground running, is how I would describe Rachael’s approach at the moment. One of a number of exciting pieces of work that are taking shape, after lots of hard work by many.


I've previously talked about a recent conference which CancerCare jointly organised with Rosemere and CancerHelp for support groups operating across the patch. The feedback has been great and I was very proud to be part of this union of people, all trying to make a difference in difficult circumstances.

Phoenix Group Dec 2016

Talking of support groups, it was great to see members of the Phoenix Group (pictured) who met here at Slynedales earlier this week to reflect on their work and impact. They simply go from strength to strength!

Helen at Old Hall

I love this picture of Helen Hartin, our North Lancashire Community Fundraiser, who has completed her initial visits to the Mitchell’s Brewery managed pubs.

This collaboration as got off to a great start and we are looking forward to a fruitful two year partnership with them.

Well, the Christmas Office party is almost upon us and I'm looking forward to a good night out this evening with all of you who are going. It should be fun and thanks go to our retired but never forgotten organiser, Sue Tyson.

Enjoy! Neil