CancerCare celebrates successes at annual meeting

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Charity expands in North Lancashire and South Cumbria

The successful expansion of CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria was celebrated at the charity’s annual general meeting.

Andrew Birchall, chair of the trustees, said CancerCare’s mission had remained strong over the last 35 years and the future looked bright.

The AGM at CancerCare’s Slynedales Centre on Slyne Road in Lancaster was well attended by people of all ages including a group from the ‘Refresh’ project run by the charity’s Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS).

Andrew said: “The last 12 months have been incredibly busy.

“Our efforts have been focused on a number of key areas to ensure that CancerCare remains in control of its development.

“The specific areas we have looked at have been numerous and we have been developing a strategy for the future.

“We have been ensuring that we are effective with regard to fundraising and we have developed our financial practices.

“We have also developed robust operational systems as this will be key to our future growth.

“In terms of staff development and staff wellbeing, we have been proactive and, as a team, we have made a firm commitment to good governance led by the management team with excellent support from staff, trustees and volunteers.”

Auditors, Waters and Atkinson, gave their view of CancerCare’s accounts and reported that the charity was in good financial shape, partly thanks to generous legacy donations. The accounts were accepted by CancerCare’s vice president, Robert Webb.

The AGM saw the end of a six-year relationship with Waters and Atkinson. Andrew thanked the firm for the services it had provided. As a result of a tendering process, the new auditors of CancerCare will be Moore and Smalley.

Neil Townsend, chief executive of CancerCare, said it was great to see so many trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters at the meeting.

He said: “Our annual report is very important to us and is a key document.

“It’s the story that sits within the annual report that really brings out what CancerCare is all about and how special it is as a charity.

“It has been an incredible year for CancerCare on so many fronts. It’s difficult to pick out the highlights. We’ve also had a few lowlights but it wouldn’t be life if we didn’t have them.

“Our year has been dominated by so many good things.

“My first highlight is that we have seen the continued expansion of CancerCare’s services.

“The reach of our service across Morecambe Bay goes on unabated.

“My second highlight is the continued development of our services in Barrow and Furness.

“Three years ago Barrow was just an idea. Now we have our own centre which is running to capacity as well as fundraising events taking off. There is lots of support but, more importantly, we are reaching out to people in that area who need support.

“This goes back to what the early pioneers of CancerCare were doing 35 years ago.”

Neil said his third highlight was the work the charity has been doing with young people.

He explained: “The work we have done over the last 12 months - funded by BBC Children in Need – has turned a new idea into something very real. This work has an exciting future!

“My fourth and final highlight is that we have participated in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index and have achieved a Gold Award.

“It’s a real honour to be recognised as one of the few small charities in the UK to carry out pioneering work on the wellbeing and mental health of staff. Alison Stainthorpe and our Wellbeing Group have done this important work. The wellbeing of our staff is paramount.”

Neil said the hard work of trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters was continuing. He urged everyone to read the annual report as it also contained a series of case studies featuring clients of CancerCare.

He thanked Alison Dixey for her work as head of therapies, Andrew for his work as chair of the trustees and Fiona Weir for her work as treasurer, everyone who had contributed and stressed that teamwork had got the charity to where it is today.

The meeting closed with a lively presentation by three young people from the Refresh group. They spoke about how they had worked with CancerCare on issues of consent for young people, peer support, safeguarding and outreach activities.

Alex Lewis, Jasmine Lewis and Jamie Crookall spoke with confidence about CancerCare’s Summer Programme for young people and said they had enjoyed being part of the development of the service.

Over the next year Alex, Jasmine, Jamie and other young people will continue to influence decisions made about the CYPS at CancerCare.

Neil added: “The annual report goes on to signal future developments and our direction of travel as a charity.

“I feel very excited that CancerCare has grown and that our scope is bigger. I’m very proud of that. I look forward to the next 12 months.”

CancerCare’s annual report can be viewed at:


Notes for editors:

CancerCare is an independent charity dedicated to helping families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Delivered by qualified and highly experienced staff, CancerCare’s wide range of free professional therapy services are designed to help individuals and their families come to terms with and manage the challenges of a serious health condition.

Therapies include counselling, hypnotherapy, the Alexander Technique, aromatherapy massage, group activities, support groups and a Children and Young People’s Service.

With 35 years of experience, CancerCare has helped more than 30,000 local people affected by cancer and other potentially life-limiting conditions. The charity has three dedicated centres based in Kendal, Barrow and Lancaster.

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