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A highly respected role model for both young and old alike, Sir Stirling Moss carries 60 years of the highest regard amongst professional sportsmen, business and charity.
Hope for Tomorrow
Hope for Tomorrow was founded by Christine Mills in December 2003 after she lost her husband David to cancer. One of the many stresses the couple endured was travelling from their home to the Oncology Centre – a journey of nearly 60 miles. Many patients need to travel considerably longer harrowing distances and have to rely on friends – or public transport.
Christine wanted the Charity to focus in a practical way, to alleviate the additional anxieties of travelling. She met Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and discovered that he had a vision to bring chemotherapy closer to the patient.
This inspired her to make the dream into a reality and the Charity raised £150,000 to build the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit. In a unique partnership the Charity owns and maintains the vehicle which they provide to the Oncology Centre in Cheltenham. It is operated by their highly trained staff.
The peripatetic unit, launched by Charity Patron Sir Stirling Moss OBE in February 2007 is now fully operational and visits hospitals in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It has wheelchair access and provides a hygienic, safe and comfortable environment for up to 20 patients a day.
The most important factor in the whole project is the response from patients – they are now able to be treated on arrival by dedicated medical staff. This avoids the hustle and bustle of a busy Oncology Centre.
The Charity is very proud of this project. It is building a second Mobile Chemotherapy Unit and a smaller vehicle that will visit some of the smaller outlying Community Hospitals. Each unit can help over 4000 patients a year and our vision for the future is to give many others Hope for Tomorrow.