Caring Tree marks special milestone for Furness CancerCare clients

on Wednesday, 03 January 2018. Tags Barrow, cancer, Cancer Support, CancerCare, Furness, Kendal, Lancaster, North Lancashire, Slynedales

Fingerprints symbolise care and progression

CancerCare clients in Furness are leaving their fingerprints on a special 'Caring Tree' to mark the end of their therapy with the charity.

Rachel Minshull, Barrow and Furness Development Officer at the Furness Centre at Trinity Church Centre on Warwick Street in Barrow, said: "The idea for the Caring Tree came from a tree that my mum painted a few years ago for a friend.

 "He was having a joint birthday party with his dad (40 and 80) and wanted a way to remember the day. We came across a tree with fingerprints as leaves and the idea grew from there.

Above: Rachel Minshull, Barrow and Furness Development Officer

"I thought back to that tree when I was decorating the Furness Centre and thought it would be a nice thing to have in the new centre.

"Clients place a fingerprint on the tree when they have completed therapy with us. Over time, the tree will fill with the fingerprint leaves of the people we have cared for and helped.

"I think green, leaf covered trees are comforting to look at. They have a sense of peace and tranquillity. A healthy tree is a mass of leaves; the more people we help the more leaves on the tree.

"The two intertwined trunks are titled “care” and “comfort”. I think these are the main two things we offer people.

"The idea for the name came from my mum as she sees CancerCare as a caring charity."

CancerCare would like to thank Ørsted for a grant through their Walney Extension Community Fund which supports our work in Barrow in Furness.

If you are affected by cancer, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call CancerCare’s Furness Centre at Trinity Church in Barrow on 01229 384 084 or go to

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Editors’ Notes:

About Ørsted

Ørsted (Nasdaq OMX: ORSTED) is one of Northern Europe’s leading energy groups and is headquartered in Denmark. Around 5,600 ambitious employees, including over 900 in the UK, develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, generate power and heat from our power stations as well as supply and trade in energy to wholesale, business and residential customers. The Group generated revenue in 2016 of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion). For further information, see or follow us @OrstedUK on Twitter.

About GrantScape

GrantScape is a grant-making charity committed to enhancing the environment and strengthening local communities through its grant programmes. GrantScape’s experience stretches back to 1997 and it has awarded grants totalling over £80 million to deserving projects over this time.

GrantScape manages a range of community and environmental grant programmes on behalf of corporate and local authority clients. These are tailored to their individual requirements, which is the charity’s speciality. In addition, GrantScape offers a professional project management and grant process review service to groups requiring support with these activities.

For further information, please see or follow us @GrantScape1 on Twitter.

About Walney Extension

The Walney Extension offshore wind farm will be located next to the existing Walney Offshore Wind Farm, off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. The extension will comprise of 87 turbines and have a total capacity of 659MW. The project is owned by Ørsted (50%), PKA (25%) and PFA (25%).

For further information, please see:

About Walney Extension Community Fund

The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the Cumbria and Lancashire coast, within a defined area. Approximately £600,000 is available each year (£100,000 of this is ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’). The Fund is split equally between two annual funding rounds. There are two levels of grants available 

  • Small grants between £500 and £5,000
  • Main grants between £5,001 and £75,000
  • Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the GrantScape website .