I'm so proud of what we have achieved in Barrow

on Friday, 04 May 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Barrow in Furness, Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland, ulverston

Campaign paves way for future success on Furness Peninsula

Hello, I am sure, like me, you are thrilled and immensely proud of our achievement for CancerCare Barrow.

A huge amount of thanks is owed to all of our wonderful supporters who voted for us and to the CancerCare team who have worked to get Barrow to where it is today.

I received this message to us all from our Chairman, Andrew Birchall, last night: I couldn’t agree more. Thank you

Congratulations and what amazing news. Just seen Rachel accepting our award on the TV - a fantastic boost for our Barrow services and well done to everyone for helping present our organisation so professionally and for securing so many votes.

A great way to start the holiday weekend!

It’s largely been a week of catching up for me, including devoting some time to preparing for my appraisal later today with Andrew.

Our revised operational plan “Helping now and looking to the future” will be available very soon and I am sure you will recognise much of its content following the wide ranging consultation that has helped us shape this document. Our Barrow progress proves that when you plan and go for it, anything is possible.

Hopefully our finished article will really mean what it says and be memorable.

Our Trustee Board has recently begun a conversation concerning our current vision and values, which have been around since 2012 and have never been reviewed, despite a changing landscape and a charity that feels like to me, as moved on so positively, with its sight set on continued success.

This discussion continued this week when I attended the therapists meeting - a really great energised meeting with our team and a big thank you to those of your present for your contributions to the vision, values and mission statement debate.

At our staff meeting on May 14th, we will have an opportunity to widen the discussion with more staff before all the feedback is channelled back to the Trustees.

Finally, as you may know, my partner Alan and I, along with a few other CancerCare supporters, are taking part in the Coniston to Barrow Walks on Saturday 12th May. If anyone would like to make a small donation I would be really grateful, you can do this via this link https://keswick2barrow.co.uk/donate/145607?cid2=145607

Thank you.

The bank holiday weekend beckons so I am hoping that my toothache will ease and I can enjoy the planned catch up on Saturday with our neighbours in Pilling and then for me (Alan prefers to stay at home…I wonder why?) the annual NW amateur theatre awards on Sunday in Manchester.

We have a clutch of nominations for Preston’s Priscilla including best director for me. Here’s hoping I might bring a gong home.

Whatever you are doing, enjoy the promised sunshine.



Neil Townsend

Chief Executive Officer