A Message from Founder and Trustee Christine Mills MBE

 

Christine Mills MBE

Reflecting on Last Year...

What a wonderful past year we have had here at Hope for Tomorrow, with achievements that have only been possible because of you, our dedicated supporters.

2015 Saw us launch our ninth Mobile Chemotherapy Unit ‘Dorothy’, on the 8th May in Truro, which operates throughout Cornwall, an extremely beautiful, but very rural county.

At the point of penning my message to you, the Unit currently visits Bodmin, Penzance and Helston, with further treatment locations to be announced, as the service develops.

Our Partners, the team at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, who operate ‘Dorothy’, were thrilled to have been allocated a Unit, which they knew without a shadow of a doubt, would greatly enhance the lives of people living in the county, who were having to travel long distances to receive their treatment. You can view some of the pictures that were taken on the day in the galleries at the bottom of this page.

Wonderful Support From Cornish Road Users...
We were delighted to hear from the team at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, that their drivers, who take the Unit to its daily treatment locations throughout the county, have received ‘beeps’ of support, and have been let into traffic by Cornwall’s road users – in fact we’ve heard similar stories from our other Units around the UK – wonderful!

Along with the rest of our fleet, ‘Dorothy’ is now reducing the stresses and strains associated with receiving treatment in large, busy Oncology Centres and Hospitals, cutting down on the distances that patients have to travel when not feeling well, along with their parking and fuel costs, and, they can sit down and relax in a warm, friendly environment, chat to others in their local area who are going through a similar experience, and receive a continuity of treatment from the same team of nurses each week.

Hope for Tomorrow Events...
In other news, back in June, we held our very special 10th Annual Charity Polo Day, at which we raised over £34,000! (Again, you can view some of the pictures that were taken on the day in the galleries at the bottom of this page.) During the same month, along with our friends at Aspire, the Spinal Injury Charity, we hosted our second Le Mans Celebration Dinner in central London, during which we were joined by our very special guest HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, plus many other VIPs and high profile guests.

NB: Keep an eye on the website as tickets will soon be available to purchase for our 11th Annual Charity Polo Day, planned for Saturday 25th June 2016, at the Beaufort Polo Club in South Gloucestershire, and third Le Mans Celebration Dinner, taking place at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in London, on Wednesday 18th May 2016!

A Royal Visit...
In September, we were honoured to welcome HRH Princess Royal aboard one of our next generation Units in Cheltenham, officially launching our campaign to provide the Gloucestershire NHS team with one of these brand new, state of the art Units, as the original Gloucestershire Unit has now been in operation for 9 years!

During her visit, HRH Princess Royal met and chatted to both former and current patients who have been treated on board the Gloucestershire Unit, and we were honoured that she also awarded Ambassadorships to a number of very loyal and hardworking Hope for Tomorrow supporters, including a posthumous award to supporter Louise Doolan, who sadly passed away from cancer in May 2015, and which was bravely received by daughter Leah Doolan aged 16, who with brother Harry aged 6, also presented a posy to Her Royal Highness.

Second 'Chemotherapy in the Community Week' Success...
Later on in October, we held our second annual ‘Chemotherapy in the Community Week’, which was a resounding awareness building, and fundraising success! (Our 2016 CITC Week takes place week commencing 10th October 2016 – keep an eye on our website for details).

Funds Raised in 2015

You, our valued supporters, helped us once again to raise a staggering amount of money during 2015, which is helping us to launch new Mobile Chemotherapy Units throughout the UK, and to keep our current fleet of Units operational. The Mobile Chemotherapy Units that you have helped us to bring into operation since 2007 have saved cancer patients over 125,000 hours of travel and waiting times, which is wonderful!

Our Aims for 2016

We are now working towards the launch of further Mobile Chemotherapy Units around the UK, one of which will help cancer patients throughout West Suffolk to receive their cancer treatment closer to home, and is set to launch in Spring 2016, another, which will operate throughout East Essex, and is set to lunch in the Summer of 2016, and potentially another, details of which will be published as they become available.

As you know, it’s our dream, to have a Mobile Chemotherapy Unit operating in every County in the UK, and with Units 10 and 11, and potentially a further Unit, due to launch this year, we’re making wonderful progress - but this wouldn’t be possible without your continued support, and once again, we want to say a very big thank you to you for this!

Keeping You Up To Date

As you know, we like to keep you up to date on our progress, so do remember to check in at our Website News page regularly to read the latest MCU, Supporter and Event stories.

If you would like to sign up to receive our colourful and informative Newsletter, which we produce three times a year, you can subscribe using the little form on our Website News page, or drop us an email to info@hopefortomorrow.org.uk, or alternatively you can call us on (01666) 505055, plus of course you can follow and support us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, or subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch our latest videos – the more of our stories and posts that you Like and Share with your contacts, the more we can spread the word about our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit project, and help more cancer patients within the UK.

Your Privacy
In light of recent press publicity regarding how charities contact their supporters, we would like to assure you of our respect for your privacy. If you no longer wish to receive our Newsletter or be contacted by Hope for Tomorrow, please let us know, and we will update our records accordingly.

As always, please continue to email any fundraising ideas that you might have to info@hopefortomorrow.org.uk or call us on the above number if you would like to chat through your ideas. You can also take a look through our Get Involved web pages for more information on how you can get involved, and read our Patient Stories.

Thank You for Continuing to Support Us

And finally, once again, the Team and I would like to thank you for your passionate and dedicated support, and here’s to continuing with the expansion of the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit fleet, and thus, to helping more and more cancer patients throughout 2016 and beyond!

 

Chrsitine Mills


CHRISTINE MILLS MBE

Founder and Trustee

 

 

 

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