Saying thank you is a simple yet vitally important act

on Friday, 23 November 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Blog, cancer, CEO, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, South Cumbria, southlakeland

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello! By the time you read this we will have celebrated #ThanksForGiving day in Lancaster and Kendal, with a further thank you event in Barrow in December.


Saying thank you is a simple yet vitally important act.

On behalf of the entire CancerCare team, I’d like to take the opportunity to say a huge 'THANK YOU' to all of you for all the wonderful ways in which you support our charity throughout the year.

The highlight, apart from meeting so many of our supporters, was the sharing of some film clips of our clients expressing how grateful they are for the services and support they receive and what you help make possible through your fundraising generosity.

It appears that this time of year is dominated with forward planning and at our Management Team meeting on Monday a big part of it was devoted to the emerging fundraising plan for next year and beyond. There was also an earlier meeting between myself and our treasurer Fiona in which we considered all aspects of the revised business plan that we will be preparing and agreeing with Trustees after Christmas. The numbers, our approach to reserves and risk at times seem like dry topics but they are essential foundations to our financial health.

Our financial health is important

On Wednesday the Morecambe Bay Cancer Patients Network Group met and it was good to listen to the updates from all the cancer support groups. Sharing information is paying off with the 'SOS' group talking at the last meeting about accessing a grant, only to find at this meeting the Prostate Group have also applied, sharing and learning! Fingers crossed for double success.

After the #ThanksForGiving event, Vicki Lofthouse, the CEO of Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and I hosted a special meeting of chamber third sector members. The aim was to try and encourage greater levels of engagement and support. We had a really productive meeting and hopefully this will lead to some bespoke support and development in 2019.



This week it’s been good to hear from our Therapy Coordinator and Hypnotherapist, Georgina Whittle, who is back from her trekking adventure in Cambodia. Welcome home Georgina and thank you for your fundraising efforts. I can't wait, like all of us, to hear more about what sounds like an amazing trip.

This weekend is a busy one, not only with various fundraising activities and, of course, this year’s Santa Dash on Sunday which is shaping up to be better than ever and tomorrow (Saturday) our superb Trustee Board will be meeting here all day with the Senior Management Team for our annual away day. I am sure lots of useful thinking, reflection and planning will abound.

Have a good weekend

Regards, Neil

Neil Townsend
Chief Executive Officer