New Faces at CancerCare

on Friday, 07 April 2017. Posted in Blog Tags Bark in the Park, cancer, cancer support, CancerCare, Cross Bay Challenge Walk, Joan Newby, Lancaster, Robert Webb, Trustees, volunteers, Windermere

CancerCare CEO Neil's Weekly Blog

Good Morning, is it really Friday again…..already?

On Monday evening the Trustee Board met in Kendal and what a lively and engaging meeting we had. We welcomed our three new trustees, Norah, Kate and Peter. I am sure you will be seeing them around as they commence their respective inductions.

The agenda, amongst many items, included the headline feedback from the MIND staff well-being index, where we were recently presented with a Bronze Award. A big congratulations was made to all our staff from the Trustees on achieving this recognition. We also considered an excellent report on Safeguarding, demonstrating very clearly how our policies and procedures are working effectively.

On Tuesday afternoon, I went along to the Quality and Improvement Committee of the Clinical Commissioning Group to present to them about our work and the difference we clearly make to people’s lives every day. I was delighted to have with me Nicola Kerfoot one of our clients, who amazingly told her own story. Nic was fabulous and put my words, facts and figures into the world of “reality." Thank you Nic.

I am pleased to say that next week, Pam Parsons, one of our volunteers, is launching, with some support from Andrea, Richard and Joan Newby, a new drop in group for Windermere. In the past, a group existed and was very successful. After some discussion with a number of people, we felt the time was right to start a new one, to reach out to this beautiful but remote community. The first meeting takes place on Wednesday in the town and we wish them every success.

BIP group front

Places for our Cross Bay Walk on June 4th are selling like hot cakes, so if you, a family member or friend are planning on taking part I would urge you to register as places are limited. Another super fun event just around the corner is Bark In Park, so for any doggy lovers this is your chance to shine, take part and help us raise some money and have a great day.rob

Finally, this afternoon a group of us (staff and trustees) along with  Lady Anne Shuttleworth, our Patron and Malcolm McIllmurray, our Life President, are attending the Installation Ceremony of Robert Webb as High Sheriff of Lancashire at County Hall in Preston. As a bit of history fan, I am really looking forward to this event, one that is steeped in hundreds of years of history. We are all very proud of Robert and wish him and wife Carol a great year in office.