CancerCare keeps good company

on Friday, 17 November 2017. Posted in Blog Tags cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland

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It has been a busy week with an appearance on BBC Children in Need, the launch of our new business initiative, 'Keeping Good Company',  numeous meetings, a new drop-in with Tim Farron MP in Kendal, a Christmas Fair in Ambleside and much more.

I was at the Living with and Beyond Cancer steering group on Wednesday. The members of this group are looking at ways of ensuring that some of the work that has been achieved will be sustained beyond the life of the project which will end in 2018.

We held our twice yearly review with our Lottery providers, Starvale, on Thursday. This is a key and regular income stream but one that requires consistent monitoring and management. However, I am pleased to report good steady growth and very high levels of retention. In the words of the lottery managers: "One of the best in the country". I believe this says something about our brand and the uniquely local nature of the support we deliver.

Later on Thursday evening our Head of Operations, Alison Stainthorpe, our Vice-President, Robert Webb and our new Marketing and Communications Officer, Ingrid Kent and I hosted a small reception here for Lancaster and Lancashire business contacts as we launched our 'Keeping Good Company' scheme. This is basically a formal offer of what we would ask companies of all sizes to do for us by way of support and equally as important what we can do to help them. We will be holding a similar launch for Kendal and Cumbria businesses in the New Year. If you you would like to know more, please get in touch!

CancerCare and the Sanderson family were featured on BBC Children in Need on Friday morning. I was delighted that the Sandersons, who have all used our services, told their CancerCare story. We are hugely grateful to Children in Need for supporting us.

Tonight (Friday), along with members of the fundraising and other teams, we are holding a follow up training day on the new 'ThankQ' CRM (a content management system), which is at last operational and fit to use. It’s been a long haul but I do think that the new system will be hugely beneficial to us all once we are familiar with it.

Tonight Tim Farron MP,  Kim Keith, our Centre Administrator at the Lakes Centre in Kendal and I are hosting a drop-in surgery for cancer patients and their families from 5pm to 7pm. I am very pleased to support Tim with this, which can only been good for our own charity profile and spreading the word about what support we can offer people.

Talking of Christmas, best wishes to Joan and the Ambleside drop-in group volunteers who are holding their annual Christmas fair tomorrow; always a great event! Thank you team Ambleside for all you do.

I am now looking forward to our staff meeting on Monday morning where we will be launching an exciting new Christmas campaign in partnership with a local business. I'll keep you guessing for now...

Alan and I are expecting our first guests, our nephew, his wife and two children on Saturday evening, so it should be a fun evening.

Have a good weekend!