Neil's Blog #48

on Friday, 22 July 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, M & S, Trustees

Good afternoon! Another week gone in the blink of an eye.

On Monday, the Leadership team welcomed a systems 'guru' called Nicky Wilkins from a company called Bluqube. I met Nicky at the recent Charity Times Conference and he offered to come up and visit us and offer some, what turned out to be, helpful insight into some of our finance and administration systems. Next steps after the summer will be to engage with you on some system mapping, so watch this space!


On Tuesday, the Leadership team met to agree our next steps for the Barrow project, which we will be feeding back to you at our staff meeting on Monday before taking a report to Trustees in August. Talking of Trustees, I spent some valuable time with Fiona our Finance Trustee (and star!) who is working on our reserves policy. More on this later but suffice to say a key piece of work for the charity. I also spent time with Chair elect Andrew Birchall, looking forward to the many challenges that we face, but with passion and energy. The theme continued when we held our bi-monthly Management Team meeting on Thursday, chaired by retiring Chair Robert Webb. We had a packed agenda with lots of key issues to discuss, as always expertly led by our chair, who has a great skill of ensuring debate but keeping us all on track. Thank you Robert.


I have been making lots of contact with local schools and other organisations who work with teenagers in the area. I am really pleased with the response I have had so far with an eagerness to help us engage with a 'young person’s voice' regarding our aspirations for an expanded service for teenagers. I hope that over the course of the coming months we will be able to gather some interesting and useful 'youth” opinion'. I was also delighted to meet members of the Priory Youth Group (pictured above) this week who presented us with a cheque for £467.  A fantastic effort!

You will be aware that both of our local Marks & Spencer branches (Lancaster and Kendal) have chosen CancerCare to be the staff charity of the year. We have a bag packing weekend agreed with the Lancaster branch on Friday 26th August and Saturday 27th August. This is the bank holiday weekend and is expected to be a busy shopping day. We urgently need some extra volunteers (a big thank you to those who have offered so far) to offer some time as part of a rota to help out. If you can spare an hour or two on either day and can help can you please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give her a ring. Any help would be really appreciated, thank you.

Later today I am attending the AGM of the North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau in Morecambe. Always a good chance to network with lots of local organisations.

Whatever you are all doing have a good weekend.

Regards, Neil