Our CancerCare fundraisers have it all sewn up!

on Friday, 01 February 2019. Posted in Blog

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello, I'm starting this week’s blog with a little reflective look at last week.


At last Friday’s Lancaster coffee morning it was our privilege to make a little presentation to Margaret Goodridge to thank her for her years of fundraising efforts.

For those who do not know, Margaret has quietly raised hundreds of pounds through her passion and creativity by making things to sell. All our individual fundraisers out and about in each of our communities are very special individuals. Thank you.

Due to my absence last week, I missed a working day with a group of students who had agreed to work on some specific marketing challenges for CancerCare.

I understand from our Communications and Marketing Officer, Ingrid Kent, that it was a privilege to work with the students and to hear their ideas for marketing CancerCare’s services.

The teams came up with many inspirational suggestions that we will be able to incorporate into our marketing plans for 2019.


The students seemed genuinely interested in CancerCare’s work and hopefully the ‘away day’ gave them a deeper insight into our work locally.

Last Friday was our mystery night, organised by two of our regular coffee morning volunteers, Wendy Lyth and Patsie Bagot.


With a packed house, a great troop of actors, good food and plenty of fun we were all assured of a good night. Thank you to everyone who made it possible. 

So to this week... Well, on Monday I spent some time catching with our Chair Andrew Birchall who was just back from a trip to the Virgin Islands to see his son. We caught up on lots of positive things and made plans for the Trustees' meeting which is next week.

On Tuesday I was at Lancaster BID, who have asked me to stay on the board after my retirement from CancerCare, which I am happy to do.

There is so much in the pipeline in terms of economic regeneration across the city, Morecambe and wider. It’s an exciting time and one thing is certain, the local population will grow. This will potentially result in more clients who need support and new people who may wish to engage and support CancerCare and other charities in the area.

The Lancaster University theme continued on Wednesday where I was invited to speak to a large audience of health, planning and city officials about our work and the real impact we have on people and place.

It was a presentation that was really well received and struck a chord with many alongside the bigger picture plans to create prosperous and healthy neighbourhoods, which was the theme of the morning meeting at the University.

It was great to celebrate with Andrea the news that she has been discharged from hospital after many years of treatment. Andrea who, as we know, is an ambassador in every way possible for CancerCare, has always shared the highs and lows of her personal journey. A day to celebrate!

On Thursday I finally got to spend some time at the Kendal Drop In - my first visit this year, as always a warm welcome and good to see how much activity they have planned for the year.

Today we are involved in the recruitment of a new Head of Fundraising so hopefully we can make a successful appointment to join the team.

Tonight, snow permitting, I have my Southport girlfriends over, three lovely ladies who I have known for a long time through amateur theatre.

We are lovingly known as 'The Witches of Eastwick', so we are out to dinner and they are staying the night - poor Alan!

I have promised him a restful weekend after they leave after breakfast on Saturday. Whatever you are doing, have a good weekend.



Neil Townsend
Chief Executive Officer