Neil's Blog #22

on Tuesday, 27 October 2015. Tags CancerCare, CancerCareNorthLancashire&SouthLakeland, clientfeedback, LancasterBID, localcharity

Good Morning, today is part two of our Slynedales Centre clean up! Thanks to all the team for mucking in!

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Clean up day part two!

On Monday following our weekly leadership team meeting, I caught up with Sue McGraw the CEO of St. John’s Hospice. We had a general catch up and have agreed to do a speaker swap at our next respective staff meetings, so I will be off to the Hospice to talk about our work and aspirations and Sue will be coming to one of our future  meetings to do the same. We hope that by hearing a message about the work of both charities including the complimentary nature of what we do will help spread a positive message about two excellent organisations.

Later in the day I came back into the Lancaster Business Improvement District meeting, where we were putting the final touches to the open public meeting which was held the following evening to launch the ballot to extend the BID next year and hopefully bring at least £1.2 million  of investment into the city centre. As the charity representative, it’s good to be in the thick of this and to be able to connect with a range of key partners in the city.

I must end with reference to a letter one of our clients sent into the Westmorland Gazette, see below. I don’t need to say anymore!

 “I wanted to write this just to let ANYONE who is affected by cancer, know of, or be reminded of,  this rather wonderful local charity.   I would dearly love for other people to benefit from its services, as I have done.  Of course, when first given the diagnosis that you have cancer, or indeed when a cherished family member gives you the awful news that they have this horrible disease, the emotions that erupt are so incredibly overwhelming.  I can only speak for myself, when I tell you that the incredible support I have had, throughout my treatment so far, the outpouring of love and wishes from so many, has been an absolutely vital factor in my initial recovery.  I know this support will never, ever cease.    CancerCare is there for you, and for your family, at one of the most difficult times of your life. This caring, local charity provides a huge array of therapeutic interventions; aromatherapy massage, hypnotherapy, counselling, arts classes, woodwork classes, singing groups……..and more, so much more.  Or simply come along to one of the Drop-Ins, or coffee mornings for a chat, amongst people who all go to make the atmosphere so welcoming!

I have benefited hugely by being a member of this special family.  There are times in our lives when we need all the extra love and support that is possible to give!  Being told you have cancer is certainly one of those times!

Remember – CancerCare is a safe and understanding haven for anyone going through this tumultuous time!  You never, ever need to feel you are going through this alone!”

- written by Suzie Bates in Troutbeck