Chemotherapy in the Community 2016

Published 21 November 2016

Categories: Supporter News & Events, Events - Hope for Tomorrow, General News, Mobile Chemotherapy Units, Volunteers, Chemotherapy in the Community Week

chemo in the community


This October we took part in our third week long, annual campaign; Chemotherapy in the Community Week and are thrilled to say, it has been our most successful one yet!

Our four Regional Fundraisers were out and about nationwide, working hard alongside our supporters in a bid to fundraise and create awareness for our charity, and what a fantastic job they all did!
From open days to cheque presentations, corporate fundraisers to car wash donations, supporters across the country were talking to people in their area and spreading the word about our charity. We had a number of open days in which members of the public were invited to go on board and have a look around to get a feel of what a Hope for Tomorrow patient journey is like. Tea and cake was at hand, donated kindly by our corporate partners and supporters. We had visits from special guests including town Mayors, Town Criers, MP’s and the local press!

Here you can read all about what went on in each region, all of which happened because of the hard work from our regional fundraisers and supporters – so for this, a huge thank you to all!

Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire & Kent with Regional Fundraiser Clemency Rubinstein.

We had open days throughout the week, kick starting at Tewkesbury Town Hall held on the 10th October. Our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit was on display for visitors to come on board and have a look around. The Mayor of Tewkesbury and the Town Cryer came along to support us as well as Laurence Robertson MP for Tewkesbury. We are the Mayor’s charity this year.

Next on our CITC week list was Herne Bay. Our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) ‘Caron’ was on display and ready for visitors to go on board and have a look around! Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Canterbury visited who were very interested in Hope for Tomorrow. Also on board: Molly Jackson, HfT Volunteer, Barry Cheesmur supporter, President of Lions last year and we were chosen as charity of the year, Violet, chemotherapy nurse, Sue Cheesmur wife of Barry and keen supporter, Annie Slinger, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Operations Manager for Cancer Services, Barry Alderson, Driver, Brenda, HfT supporter, Peter Laker, Mason and supporter. Thanks to all for being so supportive throughout our CITC campaign.

Sainsburys Wootton Bassett was paid a visit by Clemency and Diane Diver (HfT Marketing and Communications) on 19th October, where our MCU ‘Linda’ was there for the day for the public to come and have a look around and have any questions about HfT services they may have, answered. The Wiltshire County Council Singers presented a cheque of £696 to
Hope for Tomorrow for which we would like to say a huge thank you for all of your hard work in fundraising. 

Co-op Cinderford kindly displayed a stand for Hope for Tomorrow during CITC along with a table of merchandise, manned by long standing charity supporter Barb Watkins. Barb helped with created awareness for us and fundraising with her buckets and tubs collecting funds from generous passers-by!

Wootton under Edge supported a supermarket collection on 15th October – thanks to those involved!                 

Cheltenham Oncology Unit hosted an open day on 17th October which proved popular with staff members and the public. We had our MCU on site for people who wanted to have a look around and ask any questions. Merchandise was on offer as well for a small donation.
Thanks to Sarah Simmons, Chemotherapy Nurse and Delvin the driver who all chatted to visitors.

Clemency Rubinstein, Regional Fundraiser says “CITC 2016 has been a wonderful mix of awareness and fundraising events at which it has been a pleasure to talk to those who know Hope for Tomorrow and our work as well as so many new people.  Reactions have been both encouraging and heart-warming and we are looking forward to continuing our work with current supporters as well as new projects with new supporters.  Our thanks must go to the wonderful NHS teams who have turned out to support the events and participated with enthusiasm.  We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Have a look at some of the photos from the Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire & Kent area:


South Wiltshire & Hampshire with Regional Fundraiser Catherine Wade

Open day at Guild Hall, Andover
On 12th October, we had fantastic town centre awareness in Andover with Ex-Mayor Iris Anderson attending with her husband. Iris is also the new Chair for the Friends of Andover Community Hospital and understands what we provide to the hospital extended services and the community.
Corporate Partner of Andover: Active Staff employees were on hand all day providing tours of the unit and answering any questions. They also kindly provided the refreshments and biscuits for the day.
In addition, we had the medical nursing team Julie Adams and Charlotte Crockford with our MCU Driver at the front of the unit chatting to people and explaining what we do.
Also attending and supporting the day were: Andover Anton Lions, Andover Patient Alma Coull, patients who are treated on the unit, couple from Australia who were back visiting on their 40th Wedding anniversary and wanted to come on board as both been on the cancer journey in Australia in the last couple of years and this would be great in Australia.
Some patients explained that they have even had to move to apartments closer to the hospital for treatment and leave their families behind.
First Responders in Andover were also exhibiting alongside us.
Andover Advertiser were present to cover the event which is a crucial part in creating awareness for our charity. Breeze FM also gave us a mention on air to let people know that the event was happening, in a bid to boost visitors.

Catherine Wade, Regional Fundraiser said “The day was a great success, with the local people of the Andover Community were able to come on board Amy in the middle of the town centre – it was quite a sight to see in front of the Guildhall. The medical team were delighted to see some former patients and catch up with them”

Our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit ‘Kayleigh’ visited the White Horse Health Centre, Westbury in Wiltshire

A Business Networking Meeting twinned with Inspire Business Networking Group was held at White Horse Health Centre Seminar room. Our charity was presented to 10 south Wiltshire companies and an opportunity to learn more about our service.
Following on in the afternoon, the Networking Group toured the unit and chatted to the on board medical team about the service we provide.
Staff members from the health practice also viewed the unit to learn more about the service.
After the meetings and networking, the Mayor and League of Friends/PGG attended came along to the unit and had their photos taken whilst chatting about our services and what we do.
Catherine Wade, Regional Fundraiser said “An excellent opportunity to showcase our extended healthcare service within South Wiltshire to local businesses and healthcare professionals who are interested in supporting this service and keeping it available for their community”. “In this rural county, people really understand the difficulties of travelling and access to vital services”

Thank you so much to all who came along to see us and for all of your support in creating and spreading awareness through our CITC Week.

Have a look at some of the photos from South Wiltshiore & Hampshire area: 


Lincolnshire, Essex & Suffolk with Dawn Osko, Regional Fundraiser
The first event for this region started at Cornhill Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmonds on 10th October. Our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit ‘Frisbey’ was on display for visitors to come and have a look around and have any questions answered by staff on board. There was a cheque presentation by Nick Berry from Suffolk Masons. The cheque was for £1,650.00, raised from the annual masonic bowls day. Provincial Grand Lodge of Suffolk hosted this year and we were chosen charity.  Nick and colleagues travelled to Bury St Edmunds to present especially to us yesterday to coincide and show support for CITC Day.
Present were the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr. Julia Wakelam who was being presented with the Mason’s cheque on board the MCU. Nick Berry in the was on board along with Secretary Suffolk Masonic Bowls Association with representatives from Suffolk Masonic Bowls Assoc. Tracy Fell, one of our MCU nurses was present and Fran Davidson, Nurse Manager Cancer Ward at West Suffolk.
In addition, the Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr. Julia Wakelam with Fran Davidson, Cancer Ward Nurse Manager of West Suffolk Hospital attended. They all sat down with a cup of tea and chatted about cancer services in the West Suffolk area and about the added value of the MCU.
The Mayor was very supportive and impressed by the MCU.

Next up was Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness to hold an open event for
Hope for Tomorrow with our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit ‘Elaine’ on show for the public on 12th October. 
The event was very successful and even the local Lincolnshire Constabulary came to check us out and lend support. Also on site were Dawn Osko, HfT Regional Fundraiser and David Nutman who is our MCU driver.
Huge thank you to Steve Andrews, Hildreds shopping Centre Manager for letting us park right outside the shopping centre in the heart of Skegness.
Another big thanks to Dr Elisabeth Murray who is a retired Oncologist from Lincolnshire NHS Trust and now long standing Hope for Tomorrow supporter, who stood in the rain for hours on end speaking with visitors and creating awareness about the charity.
Mrs Merobi Bennett from Skegness, who is a currently receiving treatment on the MCU at Skegness, quoted of the MCU “Absolutely fabulous. The MCU means a lot to people living in rural areas.  Staff are wonderful”. Merobi and her daughter Kirsty Bennett, both came along to offer support and raise awareness of CITC Week.
Others on board were David Whitmore who is a current patient on the Skegness MCU Mike Hardy Lions Club Skegness, Anthony Tye, HfT volunteer, Dick Edginton, Mayor of Skegness and Katrina Simpson, Deputy Sister MCU.

A huge amount of support was shown in Co-op Supermarket, Stanway Retail Park, Colchester where we held another open event for our CITC week. Our thanks go out to Co-Op for being great hosts and showing their support.

The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr. Julie Young paid a visit and chatted with our team over a cup of tea and showed great interest in our charity and the service we provide.
Janet Barker, an MCU patient was on board chatting with the public and having her photo taken with the team.

On board to show their support and answer any questions from the public were Claire Pearl, MCU administrator for Colchester Hospital, Jo Tonkin, Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies Cancer and Clinical Support Services, Janos Sandor, MCU Driver, Chantelle Dann, Chemotherapy nurse, Juliet Mills, chemo nurse and Kim Palmer, Haematology nurse. Huge thanks to all for supporting us throughout the campaign.

A big thank you to Lesley Clancy for her interest and support.

The last CITC event for Dawn was at St Georges Academy in Sleaford, Lincolnshire which took place on 15th October where our unit ‘Elaine’ was available for visitors to come on board and have a look around. The Sleaford Lions Club were hosting a Race Night on our behalf promoting CITC Week – thanks to all involved and for helping create awareness.

Have a look at some of the photos from Essex, Lincolnshire & Suffolk area: 

Dawn Osko, Regional Fundraiser says
If it’s Monday it must be Bury St Edmunds in the Cornhill shopping precinct.  Gavin, the MCU driver, and I are busy inviting the locals to take a look on board Frisbey.  Those that do are pleasantly surprised and agree an MCU really is a brilliant idea!  So do the Suffolk Masons who present us with a cheque for £1,650.  Smiles all round for the photos with the Mayor Julia Wakelam.

Wednesday and heavy showers, has to be Skegness outside Hildreds shopping centre, but we’re still smiling – why? Because we’ve just met Merobi Bennett and her daughter Kirsty.  Merobi is receiving treatment on Elaine and because she lives locally  it’s made such a difference to her.  She thinks the MCU is “absolutely fabulous”, we think you are too!  More photos with the Mayor, this time Dick Edginton.

Thursday, Stanway, in the CoOp car park and we’re having a chat and cup of tea with Mayor Julie Young who tells us how her own family has been touched by cancer.

Friday, time to reflect and sort the car out, but didn’t we meet some fantastic people, hear some moving stories and get some great support from you all.  Thank you.”


Somerset & Cornwall

Staff at Somerset County Council held a Dress Down Friday on October 7th in aid of Hope for Tomorrow - the Chairman’s chosen charity for the second time.
Their last Dress Down event in February raised over £530, a terrific result for
Hope for Tomorrow and a record amount for a dress down Friday at County Hall. 
Lee Ford, a great supporter of Hope for Tomorrow and staff member at County Hall said: “This time again there will be a ‘name the bear’ competition along with a cake and savouries sale and we hope to raise a lot of money and awareness”.

Our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit ‘Dorothy’ had a great Open Event at Tesco Helston on Thursday 13th October. Once the patients for the day had finished their treatment, she moved to the front of the store and opened her doors to visitors for 2 hours in the afternoon.  

Pirate FM attended and Dorothy welcomed invited guests and interested members of the public.  Wiltshire Farm Foods supplied and served cake for the party.  Many thanks to Tesco for making us so welcome and to all involved in the event. Over £70 was donated on the day by
well-wishers! Thanks to all who took part in the event and donated!

Susan Turnock, Regional Fundraiser sais “CITC week in Cornwall and Somerset was very hectic with many supporters going the extra mile to support Hope for Tomorrow in many different ways, from a dress down day in Somerset County Council offices to cake sales, bike rides and in-store events such as tombolas and raffles.  I was lucky enough to spend the day with Dorothy, our Cornwall Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, when she opened to visitors at the Tesco store in Helston, chatting to supporters, meeting invited guests and celebrating Dorothy’s year in service with cake kindly supplied by Wiltshire Farm Foods – a really great way to celebrate Chemotherapy in the Community week”. 

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