Winds of change blow in at CancerCare

on Friday, 15 February 2019. Posted in Blog Tags Blog

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello! This week has been a bit of a turning point for me and CancerCare in as much I am pleased to say the charity has appointed a new Chief Executive.

We are just finalising the written offer and so will make a wider public announcement in due course.

I can say that we have appointed a really exceptional individual who I am sure will continue to work with all the staff and our volunteers in ensuring CancerCare’s continued success.

On Monday it was a well overdue visit for me to the Ambleside Drop In where I was surprised to see Joan Newby, who despite not being too well, was present and participating. Great to see Joan looking so well and another birthday approaching very soon. This 97-year-old lady is a true CancerCare legend.

Joan and I, laughing and smiling

Team CancerCare, who were involved in different ways on Tuesday with the recruitment of our new CEO, did what they do so well and that was to unite, be welcoming and work as one. Thank you to everyone who contributed to what turned out to be a unanimous decision.

In between the hectic schedule of interviews, I caught up with Steve Cody. You may well have read about his unique Cha Cha Slide Plank Challenge. The idea is going strong with lots of groups and organisations from across the region getting involved and donating in support of Steve’s year-long fundraising efforts. Check out Steve’s latest videos on our Facebook page here:

If you’d like Steve to visit your workplace/clubhouse/local pub and show you how to do the Cha Cha Slide Plank, drop a line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Wednesday I spent time at a really productive meeting of the Kendal Gateway. We agreed our forward plan for 2019 -2021 and have recognised the need for third sector workers to be more engaged across the area, something the Gateway will be trying to push forward working with Cumbria CVS soon.

My office was used again for interviews only this time for youth worker Charmaine Rothwell’s replacement. We will soon be saying who go the job but what I was thrilled about was the fact that some of Refresh peer support group members were involved in the selection, a first I think for CancerCare and such a positive outcome form their engagement with our charity. From all accounts they did a great job, so well done to them.

On Thursday I attended a meeting with Vicky Lofthouse from Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Yak Patel from CVS so we could consider the next steps following our recent meeting with a group of third sector organisations working in Lancaster district. We are holding a follow up meeting in March to take forward some of the practical ideas that were put forward.

Today I am continuing to add to my ever increasing list of handover notes and I keep trying to sort out my files!

I am on leave this afternoon as Alan and I get an early get away to drive to Criccieth to see our friends Maureen and Jack. Back on Sunday as, no doubt, another week will beckon quickly. Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer