Please donate to CancerCare Christmas Appeal and help people with cancer

on Friday, 16 November 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, blog, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, South Cumbria, southlakeland, ulverston

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello, Firstly I would like to mention to you our Christmas Appeal which we have just launched.


Stacy Woodhouse and hundreds like her are why we are here.

We have a simple ask of the community - to make a donation to support local families facing cancer or life-limiting conditions at Christmas and all year round.

Find out more and read why CancerCare’s support was the best Christmas present Stacy could have asked for by going to:

Please consider supporting this and spreading our Christmas Appeal as far and wide as you can.

It’s been another hectic and exhilarating week. We had a very special visitor to our Slynedales centre in Lancaster on Tuesday in the shape of a certain Pudsey Bear, with members of our peer support group being filmed for the BBC 6.30pm news as part of 'Plod for Pudsey'.


The adult staff team who met Pudsey were as excited as the young people. I thought at one point that Jen Knowles from our admin team was not going to let Pudsey go!

On Wednesday, along with Alison Dixey and Samreen Khan, I spent the day at the sixth Annual Cancer Conference organised for health professionals working across Morecambe Bay. It was a great day, with some great speakers, covering such fascinating topics as Genomics for the future, introducing risk stratified follow-ups for prostate cancer patients as well as an amazing patient story.

It was very pleasing to see how many times CancerCare and its supporting role was viewed as an essential part of the local cancer service. Instead of our usual display, with the help of art tutor Karen Slinger and members of the art group, I took along a display of artwork by a number of our client. It certainly got lots of attention from the 100-plus people at the conference. Thank you art group members.

On Thursday I managed to pop into our Kendal Drop In at the Lakes Centre which was packed and a hive of activity; great to see. I then had a farewell lunch with Penny Pullinger the retiring CEO of Age UK South Cumbria who is not only retiring but moving away to be closer to her family in Lincoln.

I have worked with Penny on a number of projects within the Kendal Gateway and will miss her. She has been a great ambassador for the charity sector in the area. Best wishes Penny.

Later in the evening I attended a meeting of the Dukes Theatre Board which had a packed agenda. It was so helpful for me to sit on the other side of the governance table.

Today, having been out and about a lot this week, I am catching up with a number of tasks and preparing for next week with a key management team meeting on Monday afternoon.

We'll also have 'Thanks for Giving' events and a special meeting of charity organisations who are members of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce taking place at our Slynedales centre in Lancaster next Thursday evening.

Tonight I am cooking for friends who will be arriving for dinner and a stay-over. Alan is on bar duty! We hope tomorrow afternoon to walk the length of Blackpool promenade. You never know, we may spot a Strictly star as the show arrives at the Tower Ballroom!

Whatever you are doing, have a great weekend and massive shout out to those involved in any kind of fundraising activity this weekend for CancerCare.



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer