Neil's Blog #39

on Friday, 08 April 2016. Posted in Blog Tags BarrowinFurness, CancerCare, charitycommision, SingingGroup, SusieBates

Good Morning from Kendal! I am here today with Alison, Kim and some of our wonderful volunteers as we do a bit of a spring clean of the centre in advance of some decorating works that will be completed in the near future.

This week saw our monthly Trustee meeting. Highlights included final approval of our operating budget for 2016/17, agreement to introduce and develop MYCAW as a system of capturing client experience and feedback and a fascinating look at the implication on charity trustees of the Charity Commission's draft guidance for Trustees. Put simply we must :

  • - Plan effectively

  • - Comply with fundraising law

  • - Follow recognised standards

  • - Supervise our fundraisers

  • - Protect our reputation and assets

  • - Be open and accountable

On Wednesday, Cheryl Simming–Binning who is leading our research work in Barrow came in for a review of the first months’ work with Alison and myself. Cheryl has made some excellent progress and is already beginning to see a positive pattern of evidence emerging, more to do as we move into the second month of three months activity.

This week it was interesting to read an article about how there is real evidence that singing in a choir can boost your health. Our choir in Kendal continues to meet most Wednesdays and is always open to new members.


A team of fundraisers led by Susie Bates made headlines this week as they smashed their 'Three Lakes Challenge' target and so far have raised almost £4,000 for CancerCare by rowing 38km along the three longest lakes in the Lake District in under 12 hours. Simply amazing and thank you to all of you and the people who have donated.

Read more about Susie's Challenge in the  Westmorland Gazette here.