Neil's Blog #62

on Wednesday, 23 November 2016. Posted in Blog Tags CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, Leighton Hall, Santa Dash, Shaun Gash, slynedales, Trustees

We are well and truly in pre-Christmas events season, with all members of the Income Generation Team working hard, supported by other staff and volunteers to make all our planned events go with a swing including our Santa Dash and the legendary Ambleside Christmas Fair.

I am already dusting off my apron to work alongside Wendy and our other incredible team on the refreshment counter at the Christmas Fair at Leighton Hall taking place on the 30th November, always a busy and a fantastic day.


Earlier last week, we received a number of pieces of good news, starting with an amazing donation from the efforts of Shaun Gash, a truly inspirational individual, who raised £10,000 for CancerCare.  Our bid to a local trust fund to support our planned IT upgrades (£10,000) and I got a really warm letter from the Grange-Over-Sands Rotary club thanking me for coming to talk to them about the amazing work you all do, alongside a donation of £500.

Finally, we received confirmation that our North Lancs CCG contract funding would continue into 2017/18. Securing income of all types is vital to the sustainability of CancerCare if we are to be able to continue to deliver existing and any new services.

Last Wednesday I went to the pub with Helen, the William Mitchell to be precise, in Morecambe. Helen has been working her way around all of their managed pubs in the area, speaking to Managers and staff about CancerCare and encouraging them in their fundraising efforts, following the adoption by Mitchells Brewery of CancerCare as their chosen charity.

The Trustees held their away day last weekend, which was a truly inspired day. It was so good to see each Trustee, alongside our Management Team, working as one, reflecting on progress and planning in a realistic way priorities as we move forward. One of our Trustees, Gary Rycroft, has decided to retire. Gary is a great supporter of CancerCare and will continue to be a great advocate for us.
Finally I am really pleased to report that following their recent CQC inspection, St John’s Hospice has received the following ratings, outstanding in caring, well led and responsive, and good in safe and effective. As two organisations with a massive combined history and good working relationships, ensuring we deliver the very best services to the communities of North Lancashire and South Lakeland, this is great news.

Well done to Sue and all the SJH team!