On her Majesty’s 90th birthday, Stirling and Susie are proud to announce that the charity Hope for Tomorrow, which was conceived and is run by their friend Christine Mills and of which they are Patrons, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

The charity, which launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) in 2007, has won the UK’s highest accolade for business success. It was made in recognition of Hope for Tomorrow’s achievements since its founder, Christine Mills, MBE, set up the charity with a single aim: to bring cancer care closer to patients. Today 10 Units have been launched successfully and are in operation in partnership with NHS Trusts around the country. They bring vital cancer treatments to patients, reducing travel, waiting times and the stresses and strains of busy hospitals.

The Queen’s Awards are made annually by Her Majesty The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

Christine Mills said: “Without our very special team, including staff, supporters, patrons, trustees, the nursing teams and our partners in the NHS, we wouldn’t be here today. Our simple and innovative business model has enabled the public sector to adopt our Mobile Chemotherapy Units, easing pressure on Oncology Units, staff and – most importantly – patients.

“Hope for Tomorrow is delighted and honoured to have won the Queen’s Award and to be recognised for our work. We hope the Award will help us achieve our aim of having at least one Unit in every county, bringing cancer care closer to patients.”

Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was instrumental in helping Hope for Tomorrow set up the first MCU in Cheltenham in 2007. On hearing of the Award, he said: “I’m delighted to hear that Hope for Tomorrow has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, of which it is thoroughly deserving. The charity has achieved a huge amount through its dedication, efficiency and focus on patient centred care, increasing both capacity and flexibility of service for the NHS Trusts it partners. I look forward to seeing more Hope for Tomorrow Units reaching more cancer patients around the country.”

For further information
www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk

About the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise


• 249 Queen’s Awards (QA) have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners of the Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace.
• QA winners can also use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success.
• The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.