Variety is the spice of life

on Wednesday, 01 November 2017. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow

CancerCare CEO Neil's Weekly Blog

Good Morning. Well,  what can I say? Another week in the life of CancerCare seems to have passed by very quickly - and talk about variety!


Despite the stormy weather, our StarWalk and StarFest in Kendal went well, with lots of very positive feedback from those taking part. I would like to thank everyone who took part and all those volunteers who helped on the night. 

Last Friday I could not resist taking this picture (please see above) of Charmaine Rothwell who is leading our teenage cancer service development work. We were in Manchester at Media City on what was a very useful planning day held by BBC Children in Need for charities receiving funding. It was an amazing building to be in.

After a mad dash back to Lancaster,  I joined Andrew, Sue and Chris the Hospice Chair at the Presidential Dinner held by the Chamber of Commerce. We had a really enjoyable evening and it was a great opportunity for our two respective chairmen to meet properly and have a good discussion over dinner.

Monday was a busy day, meeting up with the SMT for the first time as a full group, because of holidays, etc.  I am grateful to the “can do” attitude demonstrated by the Fundraising team as they work with me and both Alisons to make sure that our efforts over the busy run up to Christmas go smoothly. I am sure all if you will offer support to them as we look forward.
Talking of looking forward, it was an absolute pleasure to attend the therapist meeting on Wednesday evening here at Slynedales. It was a warm, productive and energising meeting and I thank everyone for the contributions they make each day and, importantly for me, to the future direction of CancerCare as we consider our next three year plan.

On Thursday I was amongst a number of guest speakers at the major conference organised by the University of the Third Age. This was an excellent event which was well organised by our very own Gill Baynes - one of our trustees. Pam and Tracey were on hand at lunchtime to help host our display, we received lots of interest, were given some small donations, sold six Knocker Jotter books and picked up a potential new volunteer for the Lakes Centre in Kendal.

Fingers crossed that contracts exchange today on our house move, we are due to physically move next Thursday, so the weekend is dominated with final packing and cleaning. We are both very excited but it is true what they say moving is definitely in the top three most stressful things you ever do. As I am hoping to be on leave for a couple of days next week, blogging will resume on Friday 10th November.
Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.
Neil Townsend
Chief Executive Officer