Neil's Blog #53

on Friday, 02 September 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Bay Radio Summer of Difference, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, Lancaster Dementia Hub, Living With and Beyond Cancer

Good Morning at what comes at the end of a shorter week but as a friend of mine reminded me, the last bank holiday until Christmas!

I must confess, I enjoyed my short shift at Marks & Spencer’s in Lancaster last Saturday joining Penny and the very generous volunteers and staff at M & S who supported the bag pack. A total of £1,120 was raised, along with the opportunity to promote our wonderful charity. We have bag pack dates agreed at Christmas, but need volunteers to run them. If you can help, please contact Penny and she will include you on the rota.  

Neil bag back

On Tuesday, I met with Neil Wynne, Project Lead for the Living with and Beyond Cancer Project. He wanted to share his ideas with me about how volunteers could be used to work with newly diagnosed patients to help navigate their way around the barrage of information that is made available but not always easily understood. This is a common theme that Andrea and I pick up via our support group members. I liked his thinking and hopefully, when the Steering Group has considered the idea in detail, we can make some progress.


Later in the day Penny welcomed two representatives from the Inner Wheel, who paid a visit to see us and present a cheque for £500. Thank you from all of us. Here's me with Carol and Joan from the group.


I had an interesting catch up with Penny Foulds, a Professor from Lancaster University who is leading some cutting edge research into Dementia and is working with Dianne Smith, the NHS Dementia Nursing Lead on setting up Lancaster’s first Dementia Hub. The first meeting of the Hub is today at the Oaks Centre in St John’s Hospice. I think this is a great iniaitive and one that will hopefully be useful to CancerCare as a sign poster and generally beneficial in our community.

Last night, I spent the evening in the company of the Lunesdale Rotary Club at their meeting and meal held at the Castle Inn in Hornby. They made me very welcome and presented CancerCare with a donation of £110. They have, as a group in the past, raised a fair amount on our behalf and I felt that they really appreciated the talk I gave them and the chance to re-connect with us. I hope that in the future we can work together to raise funds and the profile of what we do, which of course reaches well up into the Lune Valley communities.

On Wednesday it was good to meet up with our team of Children's Therapists to give me the opportunity to ask them about our youth/teenage service ideas and how these thoughts are shaping up. Thanks guys for your contributions. It was timeley news as we found out that our bid made to the Bay Radio’s Summer of Difference Trust for £600 has been succesful. This will go towards the cost of some bespoke training that Alison is designing for out therapists and in partnership with Child Bereavement UK.

robert and gordon

As you know, I am continually amazed by the sprit of generosity shown to CancerCare from many different places. This week, we have more news from two young fundraisers, Robert Porter and Gordon Blackburn (pictured above) , from Ambleside and Burneside respectively, who have just completed a 4 day Hadrians Wall cycle challenge. Well done to these two amazing young men.

Whatever you are doing have a good weekend!