Neil's Blog #26

on Tuesday, 08 December 2015. Tags Barrow, CancerCare, Christmas, KateBentley, KendalGatewayPartnership, Leightonhall, localcharity, NorthLancashire, SouthLakeland

Good Morning. I have just got back from Kendal following a meeting with Hugh Tomlinson, the Deputy Chief Officer of Age UK South Lakeland

Help at Christmas Web headerWe have been working on a report for Trustees of all the nine charities who form the Kendal Gateway Partnership regarding the future of the collaboration. We are determined to continue to work as a strong charitable sector voice across South Lakeland and hope to agree a three year work plan early in the new year. I also popped in with Richard to Kendal Parish Church to see our huge CancerCare Christmas Tree as part of their annual tree festival. It looks super, photos of the totally decorated article next week!#

The header to my blog this week is taken from our 'Help at Christmas' campaign and the launch of our new look 'Friends of CancerCare' regular giving scheme. This is really exciting and builds on the scheme that was launched a year ago. If you love CancerCare please 'becoming a friend' and set up a monthly donation - whatever individuals can afford goes such a long way to help us deliver our vital services. Find out more at here.

Leighton Hall Thank YouOn Wednesday we held our annual Christmas Fair at Leighton Hall. I was told what a great event this was and how famous it was amongst Christmas Fairs! A very successful day was had by all who helped (massive thank you!) and by the 500 or so visitors we welcomed. Not sure I can face the sight of another mince pie, just yet but I think Christmas has well and truly started. The total raised is close to £4,000 - well done!
 
Last night I attended the preview evening of 'Homeland' by Kate Bentley, a local artist who is giving an exhibition hosted by a long-time supporter of CancerCare John Entwistle at his home in Crook. A percentage of the proceeds of all sales is being donated to CancerCare. It was particularly nice for me to be able to be accompany to the preview our Life President Malcolm McIllmurray (below) and his wife Geraldine. I was also able to give him a birthday card and a small gift in advance of his special birthday on the 7th December.  Happy Birthday Malcolm from all of us at CancerCare!

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Happy Birthday Malcolm!

I am pleased to report that our bid to the Sir John Fisher Foundation for £10,000 has been successful and we are progressing the research project for service development in Barrow in Furness. As you know this is one of the key development areas identified in our three year plan. I am really excited about what potential this project has and I am looking forward to the research starting in the New Year.