Hope for Tomorrow

Going the extra mile to treat cancer

splash-large-1Hope for Tomorrow is a national charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment to rural areas. Mobile Chemotherapy Units bring vital chemotherapy treatment closer to patient’s homes, reducing long distances of travel, waiting times and help avoid the stresses and strains of busy Oncology Centres.

The charity was launched in 2003 by Christine Mills, who lost her husband David to cancer. By 2007 it had launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit in a unique partnership with the NHS. Provided and maintained by the charity and operated by highly trained NHS staff, these well- equipped units allow cancer patients to receive treatment in a restful environment closer to home.

Mobile Chemotherapy Units can travel five days a week throughout their counties of operation to five set locations and have the capacity to treat up to 20 patients a day. Currently four Mobile Chemotherapy Units are operating in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and East Kent. The sixth and seventh units will be allocated to Berkshire and Lincolnshire NHS Foundation Trusts. At the end of 2013, 6,000 treatments had been given and 240,000 miles of travel saved.

FIAG-brochure-final-draft-4Patient Valerie Hughes from Shaftesbury in Dorset says “It was wonderful to only have to go five minutes to the local doctors’ car park rather than the journey of 45 minutes to the hospital. Instead of being away from home more than half a day I was home in less than two hours. It was good to meet other local people going through treatment and the staff were wonderful – it was stress free. The biggest saving is time, and time is so precious when you feel unwell. This is a wonderful project and very exciting for the future.”

Hope for Tomorrow’s mission

The charity’s mission is to deliver quality of treatment, which is locally available, with dignity for patients during their treatment, to give them hope for tomorrow.

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Contact information

Fleet Industry Advisory Group
The Old Coach House
Pickwick Park
Park Lane
Corsham SN13 0HN

Phone: 07895 016 908 Email: ian@fiag.co.uk