Christmas campaign is launched during busy week for CancerCare

on Friday, 01 December 2017. Posted in Blog Tags appeal, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland

CEO Neil's weekly blog: Campaign highlights need over festivities

Good Morning, what a beautiful crisp winter day, heralding the 1st of December. 

It’s been another busy week across CancerCare and, as always, variety is well and truly the order of day.

This week saw the launch of our CancerCare Christmas Appeal. Our sinmple message is that 'Cancer won't stop for Christmas and neither will we'. We will be here for anyone who needs us to pop in for a brew and a chat. Full details of the opening times and contact details are on our website and Facebook page.

On Monday Alison, Hazel and I who act as the pension administrators for the company scheme, met with our advisor from Bellpenny the company who manage the Aviva scheme for CancerCare.

Since auto enrolment in 2015 we conduct an annual review of how the pension fund is working. The overall position as it stands is positive and we are satisfied that the management of the scheme is being carried out professionally and the charges associated with it are competitive within the market place.

The review as also concluded that the internal operation of the scheme through payroll is run well. 

I held a useful review of current work priorities with Andrew, our Chairman, on Tuesday. Along with the rest of the trustees, he offers CancerCare a huge amount of free help and guidance.


Later in the evening I attended a Lancaster BID meeting, with much praise from local businesses about the success of the Santa Dash, which was excellent, despite the rain (please see our Facebook page for a selection of wonderful photos and videos of the event).

Talking of rain, this did not dampen the spirits of team Barrow who, when Alan and I arrived last Saturday, were having a great time at the Ulverston Victorian Christmas weekend. It was super and another way of raising our profile. Pity I am not due to direct 'Oliver' as I would have them on stage in an instant!

On Wednesday the SMT had a really useful meeting with all of the fundraising team. The aim was to engage in useful dialogue about the team, its functions, what works well, what could be better or different and how might they be best supported in the future. The meeting was really helpful and has given everyone lots to think about and consider before any final decisions are made after Christmas. Thank you to the team membrers for their contributions.

On Thursday I held my regular catch up with Malcolm McIllmurray, our President. We chatted over the great progress that the charity has made and continues to make. Malcolm reminding me as he does so well, that it is a journey and reflecting back on how things have moved so well is both sobering and encouraging.

On Thursday I was invited to the opening of 1725 in Lancaster, which has been refurbished and is back in the management of Mitchells, who have been supporting us as one of our Corporate Supporters. It was a lovely evening and I was able to meet a number of local business associates known to us as well as catch up with Jonathan Barker, the MD of Mitchells. Their support continues and they are keen to do more with us in 2018, which is great.

Our Phoenix Group is simply amazing and is going from strength to strength. It was the second birthday of Phoenix this week so congratulations to everyone who has made it such a success.

Tonight Alan and I are going to the press night of Aladdin at the Dukes, where we are also launching the new Spring Season of productions and other activities. If you have not yet booked to see Aladdin as a family Christmas treat, I would urge you to. Tickets are selling out and I have heard excellent reports about it already.


Fundraising events continue in the countdown to Christmas, with the Clubbercise 'Clubbing for Cancer' tomorrow at 10.30am at The Forum in Barrow and our annual Christmas Fair being held at Leighton Hall next week on Wednesday 6th December - two not to be missed!

Whatever you are doing this weekend, enjoy!