Neil's Blog #47

on Friday, 15 July 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Ambleside Drop In, Brewery Arts Centre, Cancer Support, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, Macmillan, Slynedales

Good Morning! We're at the end of another busy week so I'll start with a few feedback comments which are included amongst many in the two latest quality returns that we have just completed to our two partnering Clinical Commissioning Groups.

"From the moment you get inside and receptionist welcomes you- to everyone who smiles and greets you- to wonderful therapist who helped me so much- I cannot praise them enough. Special people - Thank you."

"I was doubtful it would be of any help initially, I wanted someone to tell me what to do to feel better. With my counsellor help I found I could face and talk through my fears. If I ever felt the need in future I wouldn't hesitate to have counselling again."

"Words really are not enough to express our thanks to you over the past few months. You have not only helped our son but all of us as a family to get through our grief. Not being able to take away our son’s pain on top of our own was so difficult, but just knowing our son could come each week to talk to you took away a huge pressure. You have always greeted us with a smile and made us feel so comfortable and welcome. “Thank you “for helping our son and being part of his life, which we will never forget."

They say it all and I hope like me keep you grounded in whatever role you play at CancerCare.

On Monday it was my pleasure to go along to the Slynedales Receptionist meeting which was well attended with lots to talk about and new volunteers to meet. The value all of you bring at both centres in this front line role is very special so thank you and keep up the good work.

I then paid a visit to the Ambleside Drop in Group and took Ann Mayo, one of our newest Trustees who lives in the area to meet the group. As you can imagine it was a very lively and worthwhile visit.

patientOn Wednesday we paid host to the regular Morecambe Bay Cancer Patients Network group. This was the best meeting yet with a really great discussion taking place with the MacMillan 'Living with Beyond Cancer' team. There was no holding back on the criticism but in a positive way about how follow up support after treatment is, at best, 'patchy'. This debate was a good prelude into the afternoon when I attended the project Steering Group for the work. I can assure all our clients that I will continue and always will fly the flag for you and express your views as fairly as I am able. It is really positive that CancerCare is part of this exciting project and I hope our efforts will make a difference.

On Thursday my day commenced with a meeting with the Artistic Director and Marketing Manager of the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. They have asked us to support a unique pop-up theatre experience taking place in October in Kendal which is very exciting.

Have a great weekend  everyone! Neil.