Neil's Blog #58

on Friday, 21 October 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Andrew Birchall, Bake Off, CancerCare, Cumbria Youth Services, Kendal, Lancaster, Mitchells Brewery

Hello, it's been a varied and interesting week here at CancerCare!

Monday kicked off with our last staff meeting of 2016 - and what a high octane meeting we had! Thank you all for throwing yourselves into the discussions about our current annual plan, what we still need to do and celebrating the great strides made over the past 18 months. Andrew Birchall

It was a pleasure to also welcome Andrew Birchall (pictured), our new chairman to the meeting.

Later on Tuesday, I was in Kendal and met up with Lynn Murray who works for the Cumbria Youth Service across Furness. She is really keen to help us gather the views and opinions of young people and teenagers regarding the potential development of our services. Lynn is one of many contacts I am making and I hope, over time it well help me compile some good evidence, as we shape any development ideas.

A reminder for as many of you who can to take part in the CancerCare Bake Off taking place next Friday in both centres. We should have a fun morning as we combine this with our regular coffee mornings.

Today, I am attending an NHS listening event at the Forum. This is a great networking opportunity and keeps us in the conversation about the creation of the Integrated care community, which our work will be very much part of.

Later, we are meeting a small group of students from Ripley College who have completed a survey about youth services for teenage cancer sufferers and their families, so all interesting work.

Helen and Waterwitch

Finally, this week I am pleased to announce that we have agreed a partnership with Mitchells Brewery (you will have read about this a few blogs ago when Helen and I welcomed a visit from their Chief Executive). Mitchells will be fundraising for us and donating a contribution to CancerCare for every coffee and sweet it sells in its pubs. We will also be helping them carry out some health awareness and general training for their managers and staff about our support services. Watch this space!

Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.Regards, Neil