Neil's Blog #21

on Friday, 18 September 2015. Tags CancerCare, CancerCareNorthLancashire&SouthLakeland, CancerRecoveryPackage, CharityTrustees, legacies, localcharity, Morecambe, NHSEngland, NorthlancashireCCG, RememberaCharity, VintageByTheSeaFestival, volunteering

Good morning at the end of what feels to have been a very busy week. Maybe it’s the return for so many of us after the main holiday period.

CancerCare Volunteers having lunch together at Slynedales in LancasterOn Monday it was great to be invited along to the Slynedales volunteer receptionist meeting where I had the chance to listen to the views of the team, answer questions about the direction of CancerCare and enjoy a spot of lunch. We were joined by members of the fundraising team who spoke about their roles.  One of our clients recently said to me that the reception staff and indeed all our volunteers are “ warm, friendly and approachable and want nothing more than to help people and make their lives a little more tolerable”.  I could not agree more.

The lunch set me up for a very productive meeting with the North Lancashire Clinical Commisioning Group where we have supported a bid made to MacMillan and a second bid to the Health Innovation Fund.These are both aimed at delivering the NHS England agenda regarding the Cancer Recovery Package. It will be a number of weeks before we learn of any success but I am pleased that we are part of the partnership that is pushing this vital agenda forward across our area of operation.

Press coverage of CancerCare North Lancashire & South Lakeland Sep 2015Wednesday was full of surprises - firstly, it was good to see all the positive local newspaper coverage ranging from our Pooch Parade event at the Vintage by the Sea Festival weekend in Morecambe, to donated cheques, promotion of our services and an advert to recruit new CancerCare Trustees. Secondly, The Morecambe Bay Cancer Network Group held its second meeting ( following a bit of a refresh.) The meeting was stimulating, inspiring and above else positive, looking at how patients can influence all providers of cancer related services to do more and better.

Written Quote from someone who wants to leave a gift in their will to CancerCareThis week is national Remember a Charity in your Will week.

Did you know that legacies provide a huge source of income to UK charities? Around £2 billion pounds a year! 

Despite this, around 30 million people do not have a Will and 10% of people without a will believe wrongly that their estate will automatically go to the right people once they die.

We have a simple aim locally to highlight the importance of making a Will and we will be embarking on a specific awareness campaign over the coming months.  Gifts in wills are of vital importance to CancerCare. We hope that any kind of legacy gift leaves a legacy of hope and renewal, enabling us to deliver support to others in the future.

Have a good weekend, whatever you are doing.

Regards, Neil.