Hilary has been the ‘face’ of Hope for Tomorrow for some time now – including appearing on our website, and in many of our leaflets and banners. She was the first patient to be treated on board our Somerset Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, ‘Bumble’, which charity Patron Sir Stirling Moss OBE launched at the Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, back in December 2010.
Hilary had been travelling to the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital to receive her chemotherapy treatment, which was a round trip of 100 miles! So, to leave home twenty minutes before her treatment at 10.30am, and be back in bed resting by 12.15pm, made, as she says, a huge difference to her life.
Hilary was an Occupational Therapist before she retired, and was employed by Somerset NHS for 40 years. To see Minehead Hospital as one of the weekly locations for the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit to visit, was a real turning point, as it meant that people she knew in the area living with cancer, would no longer have to travel far for their treatments.
Hilary has been an active fundraiser and networker for Hope for Tomorrow since those early days, and we can’t thank her enough.
Of becoming an Ambassador for Hope for Tomorrow, Hilary said, “What an honour, I was speechless, which doesn’t happen often! I absolutely love the role and am so proud to be an Ambassador!
To be greeted so warmly by Lord MacLaurin and his wife Paula at their home, on the day of the awards ceremony was an unforgettable experience. Sadly I did not meet the wonderful Christine Mills on that October day, but we have subsequently met and just sitting by her was inspirational! How can you possibly NOT want to be part of a Charity that makes so much difference to lives when they are at their lowest ebb? How can you NOT want to support such a beautiful team of appreciative, caring HfT people, who work so hard to improve lives? Since receiving my award, I try to do my best to raise awareness and I have been a part of some great fundraising events, and we are planning more for 2016.”
Hilary received her Ambassador award from Lord MacLaurin, during a ceremony held in October 2014.