Neil's Blog #67

on Friday, 13 January 2017. Posted in Blog Tags Aviva Community Fund, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Living With and Beyond Cancer, Morecambe Bay, New year, slynedales

Good Morning, after a pretty windswept and stormy evening!

The week started for me with the first formal meeting of the Senior Management Team of the New Year. We were able to regroup and consider key priorities across CancerCare.

Later in the day we finally got to celebrate the CancerCare Strictly Come Dancing champion of 2016, a little late but well done Georgina Whittle who wo the highly sought after 'glitter ball! Thanks to all the staff who took part and the money raised donated to our Children & Young People's service.

On Tuesday, we received the news from the Aviva Community Fund that our bid, although successfully through to the final stages, had not been chosen. Penny was clearly gutted but she has done a great job in steering the bid to this stage and a £500 reward for our efforts was a welcome bonus. As they say, you cannot win them all.

Heather HiltonWednesday for me, was a day of varied and useful meetings, firstly, welcoming our newest team member Heather Hilton (pictured), who joins the Income Generation team in a pivotal role of Corporate & Events Fundraiser. I am sure we will all give Heather the usual warm CancerCare welcome.

Later in the day, it was good to see the meeting room full to capacity, with the first meeting of the year of the Morecambe Bay Cancer Patients Network Group. Although some staff changes within the NHS have affected some progress, the meeting was really positive and a clear direction was agreed to ensure its future, which has so many benefits in helping feedback comments regarding Cancer Services in Morecambe Bay, to a host of different organisations.

My last meeting was with the Living with and Beyond Cancer Partnership Group. Progress in two main areas, training and support to medical teams and consultation and listening events with Cancer patients are developing well. Three open space events are planned in Barrow, Morecambe and Kendal, all of which we will be supporting.

Thursday I called in to the Kendal Drop in Group, as I have not managed to get to see them for a while. The group is thriving and have gained a number of new members, helped I hope, by their successful move to the Lakes Centre. I really enjoyed talking to a group of familiar and new faces. It is clear from the comments I pick up what a difference you make to these individuals.

Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.