Talking with pride about CancerCare

on Friday, 28 September 2018. Tags Blog, CEO

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello, I have just been to the AGM of Citizens Advice, North Lancashire. I have always attended their meetings as way of understanding their work and meeting other partners who attend. It was a pleasure to hear from them and to be able to talk with pride about our work here at CancerCare.


Just a gentle reminder that our AGM is this Monday, October 1st, from 5pm until about 6pm at our Slynedales centre in Lancaster. All are welcome to come along so please join us if you are able to.

Monday was a day of movement for me across North Lancashire, starting in Lancaster with our usual senior management team catch up, then a quick dash to visit the Chamber of Commerce North Lancashire Expo - a celebration and showcase of our wonderful county and the bright future that both Lancashire and Cumbria have, despite some challenges.

I then headed to Preston for a meeting of the Cancer Assembly, along with Alison Dixey, our Head of Therapies. It was a highly informative and energised meeting of cancer workers from all sectors as well as patients. We are working together to improve all aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

On Tuesday I vacated my office which was being used by Gary Rycroft who very kindly ran a free wills advice clinic which was well supported. Our new Will Writing Service will be launched very soon so please watch out for more information about this service which will be available to all clients, staff and volunteers.

Earlier this year we received notification about a substantial legacy from the estate of the late Mr James Hammond Morphet. This particular estate was large and complex with a number of beneficiaries including ourselves, it was very humbling to receive a payment of £285,000 this week, with a further amount yet to be paid. The moral of the story is not about the amount, which is amazing in itself, but the fact that this individual had thought through his affairs fully. This is so important, irrespective of the value of the estate anyone may leave. We are extremely grateful for his kind and caring gesture. It will enable us to support many more people with cancer.



Losing my office gave me a chance to spend some time in the Therapy Services office (spare desk) and work away alongside Tracey MacBride and David Haworth.

In the evening I attend a meeting of Lancaster BID. One of the agenda items was 'Christmas' including, of course, our Santa Dash and Festive 5K fun run through Lancaster... more details coming soon for the biggest and hopefully the best one yet.

On Wednesday afternoon the Senior Management Team made time, along with Maggie and Sally, our retained development coaches, to stop, reflect, be self-critical and prepare ourselves for continuing to lead and develop CancerCare as well as working with all staff, counsellors, volunteers and our trustees. We had a very useful and productive afternoon. It’s not easy to make time but sometimes just a moment to think can make all the difference.

On Thursday I spent the morning in Kendal, catching up with CancerCare's South Lakes fundraiser, Richard Cogger, Communications and Marketing Officer, Ingrid Kent and Mary Holland, one of our trustees, as well as a moment or two in the drop in, which continues to grow and grow.

Today (Friday) our centre coffee mornings were in full swing. They seem to attract more visitors, especially as the autumn months arrive, so please spread the work and encourage people to support them. 

Alan and I have a quiet weekend planned although I am sure we will end up finding odd jobs to do around the house and, I hope, a nice autumn walk.

Whatever you are doing, have a good time.



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer