Celebrating a successful fundraising year as Christmas approaches

on Monday, 18 December 2017. Posted in Blog Tags cancer, CancerCare, Christmas, fundraising, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland

Chief Executive Neil's Weekly Blog

Good Morning. Well I don’t know about you but it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Pictured above: One of our fundraisers, Helen Hartin (right), with Alison Bargh of CityBlock, who has raised more than £7,000 for CancerCare

I must firstly echo the words of the recent fundraising team update, sent by Anna Webster on behalf of our team.

It has been a very busy time for them all and I am so pleased with how they have worked together and, with the help of our wonderful volunteers, have organised and supported many great events.

I also want to mention our backroom finance and admin colleagues who do a sterling job in ensuring that the money raised and all the associated paperwork is sorted and banked - no mean feat! So thank you, all of you.

Monday was an early and cold start with a live radio broadcast at 8am on Radio Cumbria. Along with one of our Barrow clients, Caroline Smith, we both spoke about the quest to bring radiology services closer to home and to save patients the difficult journey they have to make to Preston. It was also an opportunity to promote CancerCare.


Later I was delighted to join the Ambleside Drop In members for their Christmas Lunch (pictured, above). We had a smashing time and reflected back on another amazing year of fundraising, awareness raising and support in Ambleside and in Windermere.  The group have secured some additional funding to support the continuation of the Windermere drop in next year which we will continue to promote with health care professionals.

On Tuesday I was able to catch up over coffee in my office with Sam Rayner (pictured, above). Sam is the Chairman of Lakeland, a company which has supported CancerCare for many years. It was great to talk to Sam about our achievements and to look forward discussing some of the emerging ideas we want to deliver in our next Three Year Plan.

On Wednesday the Senior Management Team held a half-day support session with our leadership development coaches, Maggie Shannon and Sally Watson. This completes two really useful days we have had this year. We looked back at the achievements of CancerCare and how culture and strategy has made huge strides, but as always, more to do and remembering the old saying “you are never too old to learn new things”.

Thursday was time for another party, this time in Kendal, where I popped in to the Kendal Drop In Christmas do (pictured, above)! It’s so nice to see that since they took up “home” at the Lakes Centre they have really flourished. Thanks to them as always for the warm welcome.

Last week the long awaited edition of Woman’s Own magazine featuring our very own Andrea Partridge and “The Scarletts” finally hitting the news stands. The two-page article, if you have not seen it, is brilliant and brings to a fantastic climax a year of pioneering work, bravery, guts and determination by a special group of ladies. To say I am proud would be an understatement! The full story is on our website and Facebook page and the magazine is in the shops.

I have paid two visits this week to The Tithe Barn in Garstang to see Gary the landlord and the memory tree. One visit was social, see the picture below complete with pint, and the other was to drop off more items for them and to collect some cash. The team effort is brilliant. I'm pictured raising a glass to my sister, mum and dad.

On Friday, amongst a number of 'catch up items', I was reflecting on a really productive meeting Alison Dixey and our Clinical Commissioners. We discussed the future shape and scope of our current contract and how we can ensure, in challenging times for the NHS, that this is protected and how as a third sector charity we continue to add value to the local NHS service and economy.

We also had our Christmas party on Friday at Lancaster Brewery and it was a great evening. Thanks to Kate for sorting us all out.

Over the weekend Alan and I welcomed our friends from Criccieth to our new home, joining up with another group of friends for our 'Christmas Weekend'. This is something we have done for many years and it is always such a lovely time. The house was full until Monday.

Whatever you are doing over the next few days have a good time!

Neil Townsend, Chief Executive