Neil's Blog #54

on Friday, 09 September 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow Disability Association, cancer, CancerCare, Chairman's Challenge, Kendal, Lancaster, Living With and Beyond Cancer, Westmorland General

Good Morning from Lancaster. I am just about to commence a morning of key meetings, the first with Starvale, our Lottery Managers, to review progress with the CancerCare Lottery.

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We work hard to maintain the level of regular players and to ensure that the vital income we receive is constant.

Monday felt like I was on a grand tour of the boundary of our work. Setting off in Barrow to pay a long over-due visit to the Barrow Disability Centre, where we will be holding the interviews for our Barrow Development Officer post, which is currently being advertised. I was given a tour of this great centre by the driving force behind it, Mrs Margaret Burrow MBE, who is so supportive of the work we are trying to establish in her “home” town.

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I then paid a visit to the Oncology Unit at Westmorland General. It was great to see the lovely room that is used by CancerCare to deliver its on-site service and to have a coffee and a chat to Aromatherapist Linda Coleman.

I then took the scenic route, just about avoiding the tour of Britain cyclists to drop into the Ambleside Group who meet in the Kelsick centre every Monday. The centre has just been re-decorated and is looking really smart.

On Tuesday Helen and I played host to Jonathan Barker and Alison Loveland from Mitchells Brewery. We are hoping that they will choose to partner with CancerCare and help both with fundraising and general awareness of CancerCare. We discussed a lot of great ideas on what was a very pleasant visit. As a company, they have huge heritage and presence in our area and have got a good record of supporting local charities. More details to follow once any agreement is confirmed.

Before attending the Living with and Beyond Cancer Steering Group in Lancaster, I had the pleasant job of contacting our latest Lottery rollover winner. A supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, but having said that delighted to have won the £5,000 prize. So, thank you Mrs X from South Lakes area.

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I have finally got round to setting up, with help for Anna my Just Giving page for our “Drop the Boss” skydive event on October 9th. If you are inclined to make a small donation to see your boss chucked out of a plane then please do. I am hopeful that my friends, family and operatic pals will dig deep.

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And finally, this weekend of course we have our Chairman’s Abseil Challenge on Sunday afternoon which I am sure will be great. Robert has already raised a considerable amount of money for the charity with more coming in. I am looking forward to seeing many of you and our loyal volunteers in the park to cheer him on and enjoy afternoon tea afterwards. Have a great weekend.