What a difference a bit of sunshine makes! We all seem brighter and bubblier. The winter coats and umbrellas have been ditched for florals and smiles and, despite the recession, everyone seems more positive.
It's put a 'Spring' in our steps, but I never forget that whilst we can leave work and relax over a glass of wine in the garden before the sun goes down, many of our patients are battling some dark times. Our job is to make sure they get better to embrace that wonderful sunshine as well.
And we've had a bright start to our new financial year which is all about improving outcomes for cancer patients. We achieved all our objectives for 2008/09 and are forging ahead with a strong plan for the next 12 months. This will be the year of 'implementation' as our new ambitious developments are built and services for cancer patients are transformed.
I visited the sunny Lake District yesterday. I try to get up to my home town of Kendal as often as I can, but this particular visit was to meet up with one of our fundraisers, Don Taylor. Don is an amazing man who at age of 80 is touring the UK in his caravan to raise £1 million for our charity. He started the 3,500 mile, six-month trek just over a week ago in memory of his wife who was treated here, and when I heard Don was in the beautiful lakes I felt a visit was a fitting way to show our huge gratitude.
Whilst Don travels the length and breath of the country in his trusty caravan, many of our other fundraisers will be travelling down to London in early May to deliver the petition to Downing Street which calls for the government to help our charity get its £6.5 million back.
The passion and determination of our supporters never ceases to amaze me, and let's hope the sun will be shining on Don's caravan throughout his tour and the petition carriers when they march up to Number 10.