Hope for Tomorrow, delivering vital cancer treatment to patients who need it most.
As such, since 2007 we have and continue to develop, build and maintain world-class facilities through these Units to support patients who are going through cancer treatment. By having their treatment aboard one of our Units, the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments is reduced, along with reducing hospital waiting times for patients. Also, vital friendships and support systems are often built with other local patients.
We receive no government funding and rely solely on voluntary donations.
Working in partnership with NHS Trusts, the 13 Hope for Tomorrow Units have continued to provide chemotherapy and other treatments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and our Chairman, says: “For cancer patients who already have weakened immune systems, there is understandably increased level of anxiety at the prospect of hospital treatment.”
“Our Units have shown that it is possible to deliver cancer care in a safe way without having to enter hospital buildings, often closer to a patient’s home. This has obviously been, and continues to be, hugely important during the ongoing pandemic as cancer patients look for reassurance.”
“We’ve been working hard in conjunction with our NHS Trust partners over the years to continue to provide vital care. We know that this model of delivering cancer care services is something our patients have appreciated in times of increased stress, and it will continue to be something that offers greater peace of mind.”
Each unit costs £198 each day to run and maintain. £198 ensures we continue to go the distance and deliver cancer care to people who need it most. In an average day, just one of our Unit’s will help and treat approximately 20 people. Your support would enable us to keep the wheels turning and support 240+ cancer patients each day across the country spend more time with their loved ones.
On Friday 5th November, Hope for Tomorrow launched their next generation state-of-the-art fully mobile medical cancer care unit, a ‘world first’ in healthcare innovation, designed to change the way care is delivered.
The unit is named “Christine” after Founder Christine Mills MBE who lost her life to cancer in 2018.
Christine was a long standing member of the Women’s Motor Racing Associate Club (The Doghouse). We are proud to support Hope for Tomorrow as one of our chosen charities.
The MCCUs and NSVs work in partnership with the following 12 NHS Trusts:
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean, Stroud and Cirencester
- East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust – Halstead, Tiptree, Stanway and Clacton
- East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust – Herne Bay, Ashford, Deal, Dover and Whistable
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – Louth, Grantham, Skegness, Boston and Spalding
- The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust – Crystal Palace, Croydon and Epsom
- Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust – Chard, Minehead, West Mendip and Bridgwater
- Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust – Fordingbridge, Gillingham and Westbury
- Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foundation Trust – Beccles, Fakenham, Dereham
- West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – Stowmarket, Newmarket, Sudbury, and Thetford
- Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – Ilkley, Settle, Harden, and Boundary Mills
- University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (NSV only) – Hospices in Southampton
MCCUs are timetabled to visit a number of sites; sometimes in the car park of a hospital, but more often in locations in towns and villages nearer to patients’ homes, including supermarket car parks