Lancashire evening is a tonic and exciting times lie ahead for CancerCare

on Friday, 09 November 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Fundraising, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, South Cumbria, southlakeland, Ulverston

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Good Morning, Another week with so much going on across CancerCare - it’s a busy time for all teams.

I must say what a great night we had last Friday at the Night of Lancashire Comedy and Song organised by two of our super supporters, Edith and Freda. I call them by their first names because they were the perfect double act.

Thank you both and to all the people who came along to a packed event. A good laugh, a good sing and a hot pot supper. Entertainment does not get much better than that! Our fundraising update this week is packed to the rafters with so much going on and amazing efforts from so many people. Thank you!

A great night was had by all..

On Monday our Communications Officer, Ingrid Kent, and I were guests of Heart FM at a launch of their Power Up Your Brand campaign in Morecambe. It was interesting to hear how forms of advertising for businesses and charities are changing and gave us food for thought as we start to plan communications and marketing activity for 2019.

Linked to the work of Heart and Smooth now part of Global radio, we have been asked to submit again to the Global 'Make Some Noise' charity fund. We received good feedback last year and hopefully we can learn from this and strengthen our submission which our bids and grants fundraiser, Penny Swann, is working on. It will be centred on our work with young people.

So proud of this award.

Speaking of young people, you may have read in the past about the 'Investing in Children Award' that our Refresh peer support group received.

I was delighted to read the report from the assessor which is, to be honest, a 'wow, wow' read, full of super feedback and comments. I will share a few comments with you that to me sum up how the members of this group feel about the impact they are making:

"I think the changes that have been made are good and will have a positive impact on the young people who attend CancerCare.”

“It’s awesome that we have been given such a high level of trust.”

“I think that we are slowly making a difference and that we are helping other young people make their experience better. I love the trust we are given to help make these decisions.”

“I think that the group has made a positive impact.”

“I think the changes needed to be made. The changes will positively affect young people.” 


On Tuesday it was a pleasure to take a large group of our Trustee Board members to Barrow for a visit. We were able to call in at the centre and hear from both Rachel Minshull and Emma Athersmith about how things are progressing.

We met a potential corporate supporter who was so enthusiastic about our work locally and then finally visited the property on Duke Street which is under serious consideration to become our new and permanent home in Barrow, subject to final due diligence and such like. A great visit with lots of positive feedback from people on the journey back.

On Thursday I spent a productive and interesting day at the AGM of Cumbria CVS which we are a member of. As well as a chance to network with lots of other organisations and individuals who both know and support our work, part of the day was given over to some excellent workshops covering issues like Governance, Trustee roles and Finance.

I am on leave this afternoon once I have tidied up a few loose ends as Alan and I are off to Southport to support friends in a production of 'White Christmas'. The weekend will, I hope, be a leisurely one.

Whatever you are doing have a good one.

A final plug for any theatre fans is the simply brilliant production of 'Beautiful Thing' at the Dukes which I saw last night and is playing until Saturday. A stellar cast, fantastic acting, compelling story. Try and go if you can.



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer