Partnerships are the name of the game

on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Barrow in Furness, Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lakes Centre, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Good Morning. Today I am writing my blog from our Lakes Centre in Kendal and our 'Drop-In' is about to take place.

My week can be summed up in one word: “partnerships”.

I say this as I have been involved in a number of key meetings with various partners. For example, the Cancer Network Group, which met yesterday to talk about our Morecambe Bay-wide plan to improve all aspects of the cancer service, or earlier in the week when I attended a partners event at Global Radio - formerly the Bay - as they start to build relationships with key organisations in the area.

We have to trust each other, internally and externally and when we do it’s amazing what a difference we can make, even when the going gets a bit hard or challenging.

I saw this first hand on Tuesday when I attended a network training event with a number of leaders from various charities. The theme of which was how to network effectively. I learned a lot about myself and others and hopefully can use this learning in future networking scenarios.

I would like to take the opportunity of the Easter Holiday to say thank you to all of you for your continued hard work and commitment to CancerCare. Whether you are a staff member, a counsellor or a therapist or a volunteer, you all part of a team that is valued by me and so many others.


It’s hard to believe we are a quarter of the way into 2018 already.

Have a lovely and restful Easter, whatever you are doing.

I am busy with final rehearsals for Priscilla Queen of the Desert but Alan and I will find time for some rest and relaxation as well.


I am on leave next week, so blogging will resume on Friday 13th April.

My very best wishes to you all.


Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer