Our mission

on Friday, 08 March 2019.

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Our mission

Read all about what Neil has been up to in his blog! 

Good morning, back this week with a bang! Starting on Monday with our staff meeting. One of the main items was agreeing final sign off to our values, following the consultation with staff and volunteers. Thanks for all the suggestions. Andrew our chair has done a great job in pulling this together and a final version will be signed off at the Trustee meeting on the 25th March. In what will be my last blog that week I will tell you more, but please look out for them on signs around our centres soon? This, of course, follows the work and agreement already reached on our vision and mission.

A reminder of our vision: To improve the quality of life for everyone affected by cancer within our communities and our mission: Providing therapies, help and support free to people of all ages affected by cancer throughout North Lancashire & South Cumbria.

Vision, Mission and Values to guide and safeguard our organisational culture. We also had a great presentation from Georgina, who took us on her journey through Cambodia, thanks Georgina it was excellent and gave us an appreciation of the place, people and culture.

I have this week commenced appraisals with the SMT, so they have a clear direction to work to beyond my retirement and along with our three-year plan objectives can agree appraisal objectives and celebrate the past years success with all of you through the appraisal process.
It was good to see our Information Governance return finally submitted, thanks to David, Chris, Alison S and Alison D for ensuring we all did our bit. This is a key document for us and hopefully, we will be fine, I am sure we will have a few questions to answer, but a great piece of work by all involved.

£2000 raised by Freda and Edith
On Wednesday it was a pleasure to welcome two of our supporters Freda and Edith from Morecambe, who with their group raise money and awareness about CancerCare. They are two very special ladies and so glad they in their words “they feel so much part of our family here at CancerCare”. Thank you.

I also met up the same day with Sue at St John’s Hospice for our regular catch up, she says she will miss our chats, I will too, she is a great leader of a first-class Hospice.

On Thursday I spent some time, firstly in Ulverston, catching up with the St Mary’s Hospice team and Val the CEO and then it was on to the Kendal reception meeting, who had laid on a lovely buffet and little farewell party for me, so kind and thank you to a group of special people, like all our volunteers you are exceptional.

Today we are interviewing for a new Communications and Marketing Officer, we have five excellent candidates so fingers crossed, interviews have also been underway for the new fundraising administrator post, so we will no doubt be welcoming more new faces to the CancerCare team soon.

This weekend Alan and I have friends around for dinner on Saturday, so the apron will be on and the cookbooks out! Have a good weekend.