Neil's Blog #41

on Friday, 29 April 2016. Posted in Blog Tags CancerCare, JohnCrouch, Kendal, Lakeland, LakelandRadio, StarWalk

Good Morning! Today is the day of our annual plant sales taking place at both of our centres and running alongside our monthly coffee mornings. What better way to spend an hour or so, coffee, cake and purchasing some high quality plants for our gardens - despite this blast of winter we are having!

It’s also another week closer to our 10th Anniversary StarWalk event and this week Richard popped in to have a chat and an interview with John Pye of Lakeland Radio for 'The Home Run' show to promote it. 


It was also great to see the pictures of CancerCare volunteer Tom’s Zip Wire challenge which took place on Monday afternoon, joined by the Mayor of Lancaster and our very own trustee Fiona Weir. Well done all for a super fundraiser, but especially Tom. With Gift Aid Tom has now raised £500.  It’s not too late if you want to sponsor him here.

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On Tuesday evening I was able to welcome celebrity chef John Crouch (below) to CancerCare, leaving him in the capable hands of Andrea and Alison as he led what I understand was a really successful cookery demonstration for a group of clients. We are taking forward some more bespoke sessions and will evaluate before considering future option’s.


Julia Manning Neil Pip MerrimanWednesday was the day I got to meet local Silversmith Julia Manning (pictured with me on the left), who has recently retired and decided to donate aconsiderable amount of equipment to us for use by our groups, a gesture most gratefully received. Thank you.

Thursday was dominated by a 'Better Care Together' event hosted by the North Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and held in Lancaster. It was useful seminar aimed at involving third sector organisation’s in the design and implementation of the better care plan for Morecambe Bay. Against a background of severe spending restraint and some of the worst health statistic’s in the country this is not going to be easy, but what was evident was a huge commitment from the third sector movement to work better together and do our very best.

Have a great bank holiday weekend, whatever you are doing!