From Queens of the desert to the National Lottery People's Projects

on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Barrow in Furness, Blackpool, Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Granada TV, ITV, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, Peoples Projects, slynedales, southlakeland, Ulverston

Please vote for us to win £32,000 for Barrow and Furness

Good Morning! This week seems to have gone so fast. A big thank you to the “gang” who supported me last week as I took to the stage in Priscilla Queen of the Desert - we had an amazing week and the six standing ovations made all the hard work worthwhile. 


Neil (right) playing Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. 

Thank you also to everyone for being in the audience.

After a very lazy Sunday, work beckoned and Monday quickly got me back into my work space.

The day ended with our Trustee Meeting which was held in Kendal. The main focus of the agenda was to finally agree and sign of the 2018/19 budget and our updated reserves policy.

The new three year operational plan we have named “Helping now and looking to the future” as we feel this best describes its purpose, carrying on with the great work we are doing which will hopefully continue to lay solid foundations for our future.

The plan will be printed soon and made available and will of course be a pivotal baseline for staff appraisals which will be taking place next month.

The Trustee Board also spent some time considering our current vision and values, stopping to pause consider our mission, purpose and future aspirations. Work is continuing and the Senior Management Team(SMT) are keen to involve all staff, therapists and volunteers in a wider discussion about our mission, vision and values, so please start to have a think as we will be starting this conversation very soon.

On Tuesday I attended a really productive meeting in Ulverston with a group of cancer patients involved in different aspects of engagement activity across the Morecambe Bay area.

We are exploring ways in which we can join up ideas, thinking and energy to have the greatest impact and influence on the policy makers within the NHS locally and other third sector cancer support service providers working together.

On Wednesday I managed to catch up with the Fundraising team. Their weekly briefing sums up the excitement, hard work and energy that is coming from the team.

One of our events is a walk to Piel Island

With lots of events coming up, they are always keen to engage with anyone wishing to volunteer, so please just get in touch if you can help.

Of course, the big news is the Launch of our People’s Projects National Lottery campaign.

CancerCare has been shortlisted for the chance to receive £32,000 of National Lottery 'People's Projects' funding to provide creative and activity groups for families in Barrow and Furness affected by cancer.

We need your votes for our campaign ‘CancerCare - We'll Be There’ when voting opens at 9am on Monday, April 16, and closes at noon on Monday, April 30. Read more about this exciting opportunity for CancerCare on our website.

Please vote and spread the word!

On Thursday Alison Dixey, Fiona Weir and myself held our six monthly review with StarVale, our lottery providers.

The lottery continues to be well managed and a great reliable source of vital income. We have agreed some ambitious expansion plans for the lottery as we launch it fully in Barrow and Furness later in the spring.

Alan and I are hoping to spend some time in the garden tomorrow, then we will be out for a well-earned early dinner at Simply French, followed by Educating Rita at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, which is getting five star reviews. If you get chance, grab a ticket tonight or tomorrow before it embarks on a mini-tour.

Whatever you are doing have a great weekend.

Finally remember to tune in to Granada Report at 6pm on Monday 16th April to see our film, then get voting!



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer