Celebration Day for CancerCare Volunteers!

on Friday, 12 June 2015.

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CancerCare held a special celebration event at their Slynedales Centre on Sunday to thank their dedicated team of volunteers for their support this year.

Over 50 volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of cream tea, live music and a recognition awards ceremony in the Slynedales garden in celebration of their efforts throughout the past year.

They were joined by CancerCare staff, therapists and Trustees who wanted to show their support to those who had given their time, skills and expertise to help hundreds of clients and families affected by cancer & other life limiting conditions.

Marian, Elisa and Barry

Marian, Elisa and Barry

CancerCare currently has over 150 registered volunteers who support the organisation in a variety of roles including driving clients to the Centres, working as Receptionists at either Slynedales or the Lakes Centre and supporting fundraising events.


Carol Partridge and Audra Mulholland

Carol and Audra

CancerCare Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Partridge who organised the event said:

“Our volunteers are amazing. Throughout the past year they have managed to clock up over 6,500 hours of their own time to support us which is incredible really. Volunteers are the foundation of our organisation and they are so valuable in many different ways. Without them, we simply wouldn’t be here! I can’t thank them enough!”


Carol and David Hammond with Debbie and Alice McEwan

David, Carol, Debbie and Alice

Joyce Harris from Kendal was presented a special award by CancerCare Chairman Robert Webb. Joyce has been involved with CancerCare for many years and together with her late husband, played an active role in setting up the charity over 30 years ago. She also set up the national ‘Glyn Harris Awards’ in his memory to recognise new writing and artwork about the experience of cancer. A dedicated fundraiser, Joyce has also hosted a local support group for cancer patients in Kendal and now volunteers as a receptionist at CancerCare’s Lakes Centre.

Joyce says: “It was such a surprise to receive this award. To think all those years ago CancerCare started from so little, now look what we have become. I am so proud.”


Joyce Harris Recieving Award from CancerCare Chairman Robert Webb

Joyce Harris Recieving Award from CancerCare Chairman Robert Webb


CancerCare Chief Executive Neil Townsend said:

“It’s the end of Volunteers Week and the sun is shining, today is the perfect day to celebrate our volunteers and thank them for everything they do for CancerCare. We simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do and provide a much needed service to those who need it without the dedicated support of these wonderful people.

I’d like to thank Sarah and the boys from Lancaster Royal Grammar School’s junior band for providing such fitting entertainment, Vintage Flare by Lynda Coleman for providing the beautiful decorations and Sugar and Spice of Bolton-le-Sands for donating delicious cakes.”


Lancaster Royal Grammar School junior band

Lancaster Royal Grammar School Junior Band


CancerCare Chairman Robert Webb added:

“It was truly an honour to attend the celebration and to meet so many of our inspiring volunteers. For over 30 years CancerCare has relied on volunteers, some of them have been with us since the beginning and others have more recently come on board. Each and every one of them is appreciated, we are extremely grateful for their support.”


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The Celebration Event was held at CancerCare's Slynedales Centre, Lancaster.

To find out more information about volunteering for CancerCare visit our Volunteering page.