Walking in the Sunshine

on Friday, 28 July 2017. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, CancerCare, CancerCare Coffee Mornings, CancerCare Lottery, Health Walks, Kendal, Knocker Jotter, Lancaster, Mitchells Brewery

CancerCare CEO Neil's Weekly Blog

Good Morning! I am in Kendal at the Coffee Morning today. One of three (plus Barrow and Lancaster) each holding their monthly events simultaneously. They are always so welcoming and supported, long may they continue to flourish.

Monday started with a lively staff meeting, followed by our well-being “health” team walk, organised by our leader Tracey. The sun was shining and we all ventured out on a walk around parts of Lancaster I certainly had never been to before. It was really energising, thanks Tracey.

cancercare staff team on walk

On Tuesday it was really good to learn that the Phoenix Facebook Cancer Support Group reached 175 members - simply a brilliant achievement. The number of individuals affected by cancer who are supported via all of the different support groups and drop-in’s continues to grow and is for me, a key part of our extended outreach role to offer help and support.
 
This week we have been opening our pop up shop in St Nics. Arcade in Lancaster to promote and sell the Knocker Jotter. Thank you to the volunteers who are helping out with this.

Mrs Seward

I was lucky enough to be around on Wednesday to meet Mrs Carol Seward (from Lancaster), who is this year’s CancerCare Lottery summer prize draw winner. Mrs Seward has very generously donated her £500 prize back to CancerCare, which we are so grateful for. Like so many of our regular Lottery players, she very much views this as her way of donating regularly to what she describes as “a very special charity, helping local people”.

In any given week, I receive, like most, a large number of emails. One stood out this week which was sent to me by Gill Baynes, one of our Trustees who happened to be at a U3A meeting in Lancaster. A lady she did not know, came up to her and said: "CancerCare is a truly wonderful place” and “how grateful she was for the service she had received from such wonderful people”. Makes all our combined efforts so worthwhile.

Later today I am calling in to see the landlord of the Tithebarn in Garstang, one of the Mitchell's pubs who are fundraising for CancerCare. This particular pub is doing an amazing job and have got a huge display promoting our services and the events we have coming up.

mitchells logo

Whatever you are doing have a good weekend and hopefully dodge the rain showers.

Regards, Neil