What do you do?
Hope for Tomorrow brings cancer treatment closer to home through our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit Project in order to alleviate the stresses and strains of being treated at a main oncology centre at what is already a difficult time for patients and their families. We build state-of-the-art Mobile Chemotherapy Units and maintain them whilst they are operated by NHS oncology teams. A Mobile Chemotherapy Unit costs £260,000 to build and launch with the ongoing annual maintenance being a minimum of £15,000.
Who do you work with?
Hope for Tomorrow works in a unique partnership with NHS Trusts across the country. We provide and maintain the unit which enables the expert NHS teams to take cancer care out into the community and closer to the homes of patients and their families and carers. We currently work in partnership with 11 NHS Trusts across the UK: Gloucestershire, Somerset, Hampshire, North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire, Berkshire, East Kent, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, West Suffolk and East Essex with more in the pipeline.
Why do you do it?
Our Founder, Christine Mills MBE, supported her husband through cancer and experienced first-hand the challenges of travelling to treatment, parking difficulties and costs, long waiting times and busy main oncology centres. She knew that she wanted to do something about this and founded Hope for Tomorrow in 2003 to, ‘Bring cancer treatment closer to home’.
What have you achieved?
In 2007, Hope for Tomorrow launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit in partnership with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and since this, have launched 10 more units across the country. In 2016, The Charity was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Business Enterprise in the Innovation category. It has been an exciting year with Christine also being invited to attend the Good Housekeeping, ‘Woman of the Year’ lunch.
What is your goal?
The aim of Christine and of all of the team working at Hope for Tomorrow, is to launch Mobile Chemotherapy Units in every county across the UK in order to bring chemotherapy treatment closer to home for cancer patients and their families and carers where ever they are and in this way, to give them more time to live their lives outside of cancer.
2015 - The Mulberry Bush School
2016 - The Nelson Trust