Neil's Blog #63

on Friday, 25 November 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Aviva Community Fund, CancerCare, Christmas, Halton Haven Hospice, Joan Newby, Kendal, Lancaster, Santa Dash, slynedales, Thanks Giving

Good Morning! What a week it has been.

Monday was, for me, a packed day with a Management Team meeting, closely followed by the Income Generation subcommittee. We have almost completed our 2017 calendar of events - this will be made public next week to include one or two changes and some new events, all exciting, so watch this space for further information!

In other news, CancerCare have reached the finals in the Aviva Community Awards, so a big thank you to all of you who have voted for us. We are in the hands of the judging panel and will find out if we have been successful in January.

Santa Dash Thanks

The first of two Christmas events, I am pleased to report, went well. Sunday's Santa Dash benefited from a glorious day. well done Penny and all the volunteers who helped out, and, our friends in Ambleside raised a magnificent £2,150 at their Christmas Fair. As Joan Newby expressed on the phone to me, “not bad for a little village effort!”. Well done and thank you.

Wednesday was the day we said goodbye to Marketing Assistant Jo Ikin, who starts her maternity leave. I am sure you join me in wishing Jo, Daniel and the new Ikin a very happy and healthy future.  It was a special day for me too, as it was the day I retired from my Trustee position at the Halton Haven Hospice, after almost nine years. It has been a fantastic experience in my life to be able to contribute to the Hospice in this way and I will miss it.

sarahwillneilThursday was a great to welcome a large number of supporters to our “Thanks for Giving” celebration held this year in Lancaster. We welcomed nearly 50 guests, all supporting CancerCare in different ways. There was an emphasis this year on the amazing things that our young supporters achieve. Sarah Drake and one of her son’s Will, pictured below, spoke with real passion about what CancerCare means to them as a family. Their story was inspiring and heartfelt. The whole evening was delightful, with a palpable energy in the room from everyone present. The hard work from the whole of the CancerCare team throughout the year shone through. Thank you.

Today we will be welcoming the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Robert Redfern to our coffee morning here at Slynedales. I am sure he will receive the usual warm CancerCare welcome from those attending.

Whatever you are doing, have a great weekend.Regards