Neil's Blog #61

on Friday, 11 November 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Ambleside Drop In, CancerCare, Kendal, Keswick to Barrow, Lakes Centre, Lancaster, Morecambe Bay, slynedales, Trustee Week

Good Morning on this beautiful cold, but crisp autumn day.

I have had the privilege this week of being able to talk about CancerCare to a range of audiences. This started last Saturday at the Ambleside Drop In (pictured below) – its 25th Birthday party, which was a super afternoon, a proper party but also a time to reflect on the achievements of this group and indeed the wider charity over that time. Over 100 people joined in with the celebration and, for me, it was such a pleasant surprise to be re-acquainted with my old science teacher, who retired to Ambleside whom I have not seen since 1980! Scary! But proves it’s such a small world.

ambleside anniversary

On Tuesday evening, The Bay Prostate Group invited me along to their packed meeting to talk to them about CancerCare, its past, the present and our future direction. They were such a brilliant audience, engaged and clearly motivated by the work you are all contributing to. The work that all of our Support Groups and Drop –in’s do, to me, are an essential part of our DNA and the network of support that is offered in the community.

On Wednesday, I was in Kendal to attend the Morecambe Bay Cancer Patients group. Another good meeting with agreement to re-focus its purpose as we go into 2017. It was lovely to see the progress of the internal decorating works at the Lakes Centre, which is looking really smart and much more inviting for clients and staff.

Tuesday afternoon was devoted largely to final preparations for the Trustee Away Day, which is taking place tomorrow here at Slynedales. It’s a useful coincidence that this week it is National Trustee Week, which is celebrating the value that all trustees of charities bring, with an emphasis on stronger charities through Good Leadership. We are really fortunate in having a diverse group of trustees who all support the work we do in a fantastic way, bringing challenge, insight, creativity and a sense of team and humour to the table. Thank you. We will be shortly advertising for at least one more new trustee to join the board. We are specifically hoping to recruit someone with a commercial, fundraising, and entrepreneurial background, to help with the delivery of our Income Generation Strategy. Details will appear soon on our website but if any member of staff, volunteer knows of anyone who might be interested, please contact me.
On Thursday evening, I attended the Keswick to Barrow Walk awards evening. This major event raises over £300k for local Charites, with CancerCare receiving a small donation like many other organisations. Next years walk on May 6th is being planned, with registration open from February 2017.

Finally, I am pleased to say that as of today, we have received over 1,070 votes for our Aviva Community Fund project. There is still time for people to vote, so a final push to family and friends will no doubt be a huge boost.

Have a good weekend, Neil.