Neil's Blog #64

on Friday, 02 December 2016. Posted in Blog Tags CancerCare, Christmas, Lancaster, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, Leighton Hall, Sainsburys Local, slynedales

Good afternoon - it feels to me like Christmas is getting much closer, especially since Wednesday, when we held our annual Christmas Fair at Leighton Hall.

It was a super day, made possible by lots of hard work, led by Helen, the generosity of our host Suzie Reynolds and the team effort of all our volunteers.

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My week started with our new formatted monthly Senior Management Team, which seemed to work well and enabled us to concentrate on a number of key issues. We welcomed 'IT' Chris to our meeting and have started to plan the next phase of investment into our database systems.


On the way home, I stopped off at Sainsbury’s Local Lancaster to meet David the Manager to collect £2,577 raised by their fantastic staff team (and, 600 free mince pies for the Christmas Fair!) What a super effort by all of their staff and customers.

Thank you!

On Tuesday, I had a useful catch up with Vicky Lofthouse the Manager of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, who has recently returned from maternity leave. Vicky is keen to support our work to engage with local employers and businesses about our services.

At lunchtime, I was invited back to school(!) to Lancaster Grammar, to meet up with a really engaging group of sixth form pupils and their Head Teacher, to have a lively debate about Cancer, and service design for teenagers. Alison Dixey and I have been invited back in the new year to take an assembly and set up a piece of group work for the pupils to work on, all of which will contribute to our research for our teenage services project.

Christmas enews volsTalking of support, this an urgent appeal for help going out to all volunteers, staff and counsellors who can possibly spare an hour or two to help out at our supermarket bag packs in Kendal and Lancaster in the run up to Christmas. We have a bumper number planned and they do bring in a very good level of income, but we cannot run them without your help. If you can, and I appreciate it’s a busy time of year, can you please volunteer your time to the fundraising team please. There is an old saying “Money doesn’t grow on trees”! This is our charity, so please help if you can.


We welcome this week,  our newest member of the team, Rachael Minshull, who joins us as our Barrow & Furness Development Officer.  I am sure we will all extend to her our welcome and help show her the ropes over the next month or so. We are all very excited about this exciting extension to our work, with many of you contributing to getting the idea this far, so, thank you!

Have a great weekend. Regards, Neil