Neil's Blog #15

on Friday, 17 July 2015. Tags cancersupport, communitypayback, Lancaster, Morecambe, NHS, Sainsburys, shaungash, TheBorough, UMBT, voluntarysector, Westmorlandgeneral

Good afternoon all! Today I'm catching up with lots of bits and pieces and determined to finish my report about our Trustees, following a self-assessment exercise they have all completed. It’s been a busy and varied week, starting on Monday with a a great CancerCare Staff team meeting, full of energy and enthusiasm!

On Tuesday, we met with Simon, our Landscape Gardener, and we have agreed to work with  the local Probation Service by having a volunteerhere to support us. This is part of the Community Pay Back scheme and will be supervised. This will give much needed help to Simon and is a good example of a local charity working to help those within our community who are paying back following a low level offence.

On Wednesday I was up in Sedbergh at the The Morecambe Bay NHS Trust Cancer Strategic Group . It was good to hear very positive plaudits about CancerCare and many of our clients and support group members  who are working through us with the NHS to influence the development and improvement of cancer services across the area.

Shaun Gash and Helen Hartin together at local eventIn other news,  CancerCare is  proudly supporting a local man Shaun Gash who will be taking on an amazing challenge for us next year by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! A HUGE challenge and even more so when you are paralysed from the chest down.  Shaun has already started  fundraising  and has persuaded The Borough in Lancaster to help him out by donating 10 pence from every meal sold to go into his  fund. Here is Shaun pictured (right) with CancerCare Fundraiser Helen Hartin at a local event last week.

On Thursday I was invited to be part of a meeting with the CQC inspectors who are currently re-inspecting Westmorland General Hospital . A number of third sector organisations were asked to take part and feedback our experiences of working in partnership as we do. A good meeting and great profile for us within some pretty influencial circles.

sainsburysAnd finally, I am delighted to annouce that our local  Sainsbury's branch in Lancaster  have  chosen us to be their charity of the year. Plans are already underway for a range of events so watch this space! Thanks to all the guys and gals at the store!