Ideas come to fruition as CancerCare annual report is prepared

on Friday, 10 August 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Good Morning! Friday again - but I did have a shorter working week as I was on leave on Monday.

I have been made aware of a large list of ideas that many of our staff members generated at our recent 'away days' at Forrest Hills in Lancaster.

Now I am looking forward to hearing more about the three projects that our staff have chosen to work on between now and the staff meeting in October.

This which sounds a while off but will no doubt be here sooner than we think.

The other ideas our team members have generated will revisited in due course.

This week I have taken some time to review our annual report which we have been working on and our Communications and Marketing Officer, Ingrid Kent, has been weaving her magic.

The report, which will be ready in September, is in many ways a reflection of our work over the past year, much of which started life a set of 'ideas' and then grew and developed into lots of amazing achievements.

The annual report will be presented at our Annual General Meeting (a date for your diary: Monday 1st October at 5pm here at Slynedales in Lancaster and all staff, counsellors, volunteers and supporters are welcome to attend).

Please come and meet our trustees, ask questions and share in our success and look forward to the challenges we have set ourselves for the future.

The theme of ideas continued when I spent a morning with our newest member of staff, Emma Athersmith, in Barrow on Wednesday.

We welcome Emma as our new Community Fundraiser for Barrow and Furness who comes to us with loads of experience, many contacts and bags of energy. Welcome Emma!

I am pleased to say that after a number of months of preparation we will soon be making changes to our website, improving the home page, making it much easier to donate to CancerCare, dedicating a page to our fantastic corporate supporters and hopefully following on designing specific pages for teenage clients and the services we offer.

It’s been really good to meet briefly with some of the young people who are taking part in our Summer Programme which is taking place on Fridays at different locations.


This is part of a Children and Young People's project that Youth Worker, Charmaine Rothwell, is leading. Charmaine has been engaging and working with a group of younger clients to find out more about their thoughts and needs in terms of support.

Another example of an 'idea' becoming a real piece of work. Brilliant!

We have some great events coming up in August and September and we still need more volunteers to help out.

If you spare and hour or two at anything we have coming up and in any capacity please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We particularly need more help at the Rock On Kendal Status Quo event on Monday 27th August (the Bank Holiday), so if you are a Quo or rock fan this could be for you.

This weekend Alan and I are going over to our friends in Wycoller near Colne for dinner and the local country show.

Whatever you are doing, have a great weekend.



Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer