CancerCare Appoint new Chief Executive

on Friday, 06 March 2015.

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 CancerCare has announced the appointment of their new Chief Executive. Neil Townsend -  formerly Divisional Director of Riverside, a charitable Housing Association in Merseyside - took up post last month.

During his time at Riverside Neil was instrumental in the successful regeneration of a number of local housing neighbourhoods, working in partnership with local residents, developers and other key agencies. Neil was also a Trustee of Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn Cheshire and became its non-executive Chairman in 2012.

Neil joins CancerCare at a time where a strong focus is currently being placed on the growing demand for public health & NHS cancer services across the UK. Recent research also reveals that 1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our lifetime.

Neil says: “Like many other people, my life has been touched by cancer. I lost my father and sister in very close succession and at the time there was no credible support available to me and my family in the area where I lived.”

“The work CancerCare offers is totally holistic and is freely available to all. I wish there had been a CancerCare type service when I needed it most.”

Following his recent re-location to Lancaster Neil is delighted to join CancerCare at a pivotal time in its long and successful history.

CancerCare has been helping local families affected by cancer & life limiting conditions for over 30 years from their two dedicated centres based in Kendal (The Lakes Centre, Blackhall Road) and in Lancaster (Slynedales, Slyne Road)

The local charity offers a wide range of free professional support services including Counselling and a specialist Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.   All CancerCare’s services are provided free of charge and funded almost entirely through charitable donations and community fundraising.

Neil continues: “CancerCare is such a unique organisation and I’m so excited to join their experienced team. I am very much looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees, staff, and team of dedicated volunteers to ensure the continued development and growth of CancerCare across North Lancashire and South Lakeland.”

“Although CancerCare has been delivering services in the local community for over 30 years it’s very clear to me that the need for what we do is more important than ever.”

“CancerCare offer such an important lifeline to hundreds of local families affected by cancer & life limiting conditions so it’s vital they can continue to access free professional help and support whenever they need it.”

 “We already have strong foundations on which to build but there is still a significant job to do if we are to ensure a sustainable future for our services.”

“It will only be through working in partnership with our supporters, local businesses, funding partners, other providers and the communities that we serve that we will be able to maximise the impact of our work and reach out to more local families in need of our support..”

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