Neil's Blog #56

on Friday, 07 October 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Cancer Alliance Group, CancerCare, Great Brittish Bake Off, Growth, Kendal, Lakeland, Lancaster, MP Cat Smith, Robert Webb, Roundabout Theatre, Skydive Challenge

Good Morning! By the time you read this, I will be up in Barrow, as today we are holding interviews for our new Development Officer Post - all rather exciting!

With the first week in October flying past, it does well and truly feel like autumn but with a buzz in the air as we look forward to all the good things going on in CancerCare.

Monday started with a Leadership meeting and a first chance in a few weeks because of holidays for the team to re-group and focus on key priorities for all teams over the coming months. In the evening, we held our AGM, which was well attended and where we received universal praise for our Annual Review. Sincere thanks were recorded for the efforts of all staff, counsellors and volunteers for a truly great year of work across CancerCare. Thank you!

The AGM was followed by a special surprise farewell party for David Elliot (pictured below 2nd from left) and Robert Webb (pictured centre) who have retired after a combined service of 50 plus years. Simply remarkable, it was therefore utterly our pleasure to mark this very special moment in our history.

Andrew David Robert Neil Malcolm

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural meeting in Preston of what is hoped will become the new Cancer Alliance Group for Lancashire and South Cumbria. If successfu, this will be the key group of professionals drawn from a number of organisations who together, will help deliver in our geography, the NHS England's ambitious Cancer Strategy, over the next five years and beyond. Andrea and I have been busy working on the Cancer Conference, jointly  run by CancerHelp, Rosemere and ourselves, in December.  This will be a chance for patients to come together to discuss issues that matter to them and how the health community can do things better.neil at roundabout

On Thursday evening Andrea and I had the pleasure of watching a play in Kendal, called “Growth” - part of a professional tour hosted by the Brewery Arts Centre. The play was a touching and funny account of one young man’s account of testicular cancer. As well as watching the play, we had an information stand about our services for members of the audience.

Looking ahead, we are planning our extra special October coffee mornings at both centres, to be held on Friday 28th October, with our very own “Great British Bake Off” theme. I hope that as many supporters will come along and join in the fun and of course, get baking! We are delighted to have two special guests who will be judging: firstly in Kendal we will welcome Lesley Metcalfe, who is HR Manager at Lakeland;  and in Lancaster we will be welcoming our MP Cat Smith, who will be on hand to chat to people about any local issue, as well as judging the cakes. A date for your diary.

This weekend of course is my skydive, I hope I live to tell you what it’s like in next week’s blog, but wish me luck! You can still sponsor me if you can, I hope to get past my £1,000 target! Thank you.

Whatever you are doing, have a great weekend - we have a house full of visitors keen to see me “Jump” ! Regards, Neil