We’ve Won A Queen’s Award for Enterprise In the Innovation Category!

Published 21 April 2016

Categories: Supporter News & Events, General News, Awards

The Queen's Award for Enterprise, Innovation

We are delighted to confirm that we have won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category.

UK's Highest Accolade for Business Success

The Award, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, was made in recognition of our achievements since our Founder, Christine Mills MBE, set up Hope for Tomorrow with a single aim: to bring cancer care closer to home for patients. As you may know, to date we have successfully launched ten Mobile Chemotherapy Units (MCUs) and these are in operation in partnership with NHS Trusts around the country. The Units bring vital cancer treatments to patients, reducing travel, waiting times and the stresses and strains of busy hospitals.

Announced on HM the Queen's 90th Birthday

The Queen’s Awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category, and this year, are being announced on and in line with HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, which makes this Award even more special.

Our Founder, 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.”

Our Chairman, Lord MacLaurin said, “Congratulations to Hope for Tomorrow, the Charity I’m involved with as Chairman of the Trustees, for the excellent news that they’ve been awarded a Queens’ Award for Innovation. This is a much-deserved Award for Christine Mills, the Founder, and everyone at the Charity for their hard work in bringing cancer care closer to patients.

In 2007 the first Hope for Tomorrow Mobile Chemotherapy Unit was launched – a world first – in a unique partnership with the NHS. Today the Charity owns and operates ten Units around the country, bringing vital cancer treatments to patients, reducing travel, waiting times and the stresses and strains of busy hospitals. I’m proud to be involved with such an innovative, professional and caring organisation.”

Dr Sean Elyan MB FRCP FRCR, 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.”

Thank You!

We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with Hope for Tomorrow since the Charity’s inception back in 2003 – this award, and our progress to date, are truly due to your passion, dedication and continued belief in our aims.

More About The Awards...

249 Queen’s Awards 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.

Queen’s Award winners can 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.

Hope for Tomorrow Trustees

West Suffolk NHS MCU Nursing Team

Pictured above top (L-R): Hope for Tomorrow Trustees Ted Langston, Pat Barnard, Phil Williams, Christine Mills MBE (Founder), Lord MacLaurin (Chairman) and Dr Sean Elyan MB FRCP FRCR, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and directly above: West Suffolk MCU Nurses,Vron Lewis, Ann Brookes, and Fran Davidson.


View Our Queen's Award Magazine Entry

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The Queen's Awards magazine online


Get Involved In Our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit Project

As you may know, it’s our dream to have a Mobile Chemotherapy Unit operating in every county in the UK, and as the service provision expands, and to keep overheads to a minimum, we’re expanding our volunteer base alongside.

If you are interested in helping us to bring chemotherapy closer to home for cancer patients in your area, you might like to take a look at our Get Involved webpages for ideas.

To get in touch with us today for an informal chat, call us on (01666) 505055, or drop us an email to info@hopefortomorrow.org.uk.

We look forward to fundraising alongside you!

Would You Like To make A Donation?
We receive no Government funding, and therefore every penny raised and donated is vitally important to us. If you would like to make a donation to our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit project, you can either do this online today by visiting our Donation webpage, or you can send a cheque payable to ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ to:-

Hope for Tomorrow, Kingscote, Priory Park, London Road, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8HZ.

Thank you.

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