Charity boss walks the walk for people facing cancer

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Coniston to Barrow Walk with raise CancerCare funds

The chief executive of a cancer charity is calling on people to join him and his partner for an epic 21-mile sponsored walk between Coniston and Barrow.

Neil Townsend, who has worked for CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria for three years, said: “The Keswick (K2B) and Coniston to Barrow (C2B) walks are rather famous in these parts but for some reason my partner Alan Disley and I have never taken part, despite the fact that we’re keen walkers.

“We’ve had some fantastic donations from the Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Committee in recent years and this year I’d really like to put together a team of CancerCare staff, volunteers and supporters to complete the Coniston to Barrow Walk.”

Team CancerCare’s participation in this year’s walk will mark 35 years since CancerCare was founded in Lancaster by Professor Malcolm McIllmurray whose vision was to provide free, emotional support for families in the local community who had been affected by cancer.

The charity now helps more than 1,500 local people each year across North Lancashire and South Cumbria and the C2B Walk will see participants cross the finish line just streets away from CancerCare’s newly-launched cancer support centre at the Furness Centre in Trinity Church on Warwick Street in Barrow.

The team will be collecting sponsorship to tackle the C2B challenge with money they raise supporting CancerCare as well as other local causes.

Neil added:  “Any funds raised would help us to continue to provide much needed services to anyone in our community impacted by cancer.

“It would ensure that we can help everyone who turns to us for support. I’m really looking forward to the walk through the breath-taking scenery of our region and, come rain or shine, we’ll be raising funds and raising smiles!”

To join #TeamCancerCare for the Coniston to Barrow Walk, please contact CanxcerCare’s Fundraising Team via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01524 381820.

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

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 and Main grants between £5,001 and £75,000.

  • Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the GrantScape website .