We are so proud to have such a dedicated selection of Patrons. They have all played a vital role, using their voice to raise awareness for Hope for Tomorrow.
Honorary Life President Lord Ian MacLaurin
Ian MacLaurin joined Christine as a Trustee and Chairman when she started the Charity in 2003. Having served on the board for 13 years he stepped down and we are proud that he is now Honorary Life President.Ian is a British businessman who started his career at Tesco in 1959 as a management trainee and he rose through the ranks to become a hugely successful Chief Executive and Chairman. He subsequently became Chairman of Vodafone and has held numerous commercial and educational posts since, including Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire. Knighted in 1989, he became Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth in 1996.
Paula MacLaurin had her own publishing company in the early 1970’s producing newsletters Business Ideas Letter and Bricks & Mortar, also a mail order book company. She met Christine and David when she rented her offices to them in 1979 and soon became close friends with them both.
She has been a committee member for a number of charities including for Birthright and later for The National Autistic Society. She is the current President of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
We are honoured to have Paula as one of our Patrons.
Sir Stirling Moss OBE and Lady Moss
“Susie and I are so proud to have had the opportunity to be involved with Christine’s charity Hope for Tomorrow, since its inception in 2003.
After the sad loss of her beloved husband and our very dear friend David to cancer, Christine launched the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit project with remarkable determination. She had seen, at first hand, the stresses and strains associated with the disease, not least of all the uncomfortable, long journeys to and from their nearest Oncology Centre, and the often long waiting times for treatment that David experienced.
Her wonderful aim for other cancer patients is that they would not have to endure those same hardships whilst battling this cruel disease.
Susie and I are especially honoured that Hope for Tomorrow’s second Mobile Chemotherapy Unit was named ‘Bumble’, when launched in December 2010, in memory of Susie’s late mother, who also succumbed to cancer, and that the Unit continues to help patients throughout Somerset to this day.
It is really magnificent what has been achieved by Hope for Tomorrow over the first 10 years and, as we enter its second decade, we are so happy that through Christine and her team’s unstinting hard work and dedication, many more cancer patients throughout the United Kingdom continue to benefit from such an inspirational vision.
We are delighted to help Christine and the team in any way that we are able.”
Sir Stirling Moss OBE, British motor racing legend, became a professional driver at the age of 18 and enjoyed a career which spanned three decades. He won over 200 races, including 16 Formula 1 Grand Prix, and most notably won the Mille Miglia in 1955 in a record time of 10 hours, 7 minutes, 48 seconds (average speed 99.98mph) that still stands to this day. In 2000 he was made Knight Bachelor for his services to motor racing.
We are very proud to have Stirling and Susie as founder Patrons of our Charity, which is very close to their hearts.
Ross Brawn OBE
“Most of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, either directly or with loved ones. I lost my mother to cancer so I have always been very keen to help Christine and the team at Hope for Tomorrow because they are clearly making a difference to the lives of people battling against cancer.
In meeting the challenge of an illness such as cancer, the ability to receive the necessary treatment with the minimum of stress and in a positive and motivating environment can make all the difference.
I was delighted to be invited to become a Patron of the Charity and to be a small part of a really worthy cause – providing cancer sufferers with Mobile Chemotherapy Units and the environment to beat cancer.”
Ross Brawn began in Formula One in 1976 working for Frank Williams as a machinist. Ross worked for Frank for seven years, winning two World Championships with Frank and finishing as a Senior R&D Engineer.
Progress through various Teams in the eighties culminated in winning the World Sports Car Championships in 1990 where he met Michael Schumacher. With Michael, Ross won seven Drivers and Constructors F1 World Championships with Benetton and Ferrari. Ross formed his own eponymous F1 Team buying the defunct Honda F1 Team and won the F1 World Championships again with Jenson Button in 2009, culminating in a career total of 10 Drivers and 10 Constructors F1 World Championships.
Ross Brawn was named Managing Director of Motor Sports, Formula 1® in January 2017.
Ross is one of the most successful and innovative Technical Directors in Formula 1 history. He won 22 World FIA Championships and the Le Mans 24 Hours. His honours include 11 world titles with Ferrari and seven as part of Williams and Benetton. He has an unparalled technical knowledge of the industry thanks to his 40-year engineering and management experience.
He won the 2009 F1 World Drivers and Constructors’ Championships with his own BrawnGP team, the Honda F1 team he rescued and renamed. He sold the team to Mercedes-Benz in 2010 and, over three years, as Team Principal, laid the foundation that enabled the team to win the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Titles.
With unmatched experience and strong industry relationships, Ross Brawn will be working with Formula 1 teams and promoters to improve the competition and bring fans closer to the action.
We are proud that Ross is part of the Hope for Tomorrow family.
Gloria Hunniford OBE
“I was delighted to be invited to become a Patron of Hope for Tomorrow and to be a small part of this amazing charity.
I have a saying that ‘people never die, if they live on the lips of the living’. So I am absolutely thrilled that the East Kent Mobile Chemotherapy Unit will not only have Caron’s name on it but will also be doing so much good for people going through chemotherapy in the region.
This Unit will make it easier for patients by bringing chemotherapy closer to their homes and I know that Caron would be very proud of it.
For everybody concerned, travelling for chemotherapy is difficult. Hope for Tomorrow has identified this problem, and it’s just amazing to see how their Mobile Chemotherapy Units make life easier for so many patients having chemotherapy.”
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Dr David English CBE MBE OSCA
Former President of RSO Records and Manager of the Bee Gees, David is Vice President of the English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) and Captain of the legendary charity celebrity ‘Bunbury’ cricket team, which he founded in 1986.
Each year David stages the Bunbury Festival, the most important week for under 15 cricketers in this Country.
As well as being Club Captain of Finchley Cricket Club, David has played for the M.C.C., Middlesex County Cricket Club and The Cross Arrows at Lords, and is the first President of Berkshire Youth Cricket, and a Lords Taverner.
We are proud to have David as one of our Patrons.
David Richards CBE
“I was really honoured when Christine asked me to launch the new Mobile Chemotherapy Unit for Cornwall, and chose to name it ‘Dorothy’, in memory of my grandmother, who sadly died of cancer, far too young, some 50 years ago. I am sure that had one of Hope for Tomorrow’s Mobile Chemotherapy Units existed in those days, she may well have lived for many years longer.
Thousands of people in rural areas still have unnecessarily long journeys to receive their treatment, and I know it’s Christine’s long held ambition to see her Mobile Chemotherapy Units spread throughout the country.”
David Richards is a former World Rally Champion and the Founder and Chairman of Prodrive, one of the world’s leading motorsport and advanced technology businesses, headquartered in Banbury. In the past few years he has also ventured into the hotel business, and is now the owner of two hotels in the Cornish village of St Mawes, a place which has become his second home, and why he was so proud to launch the Hope for Tomorrow Mobile Chemotherapy Unit for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
Derek Bell MBE
“Back in the early 80’s, I fortunately met David and Christine Mills who took me under their wing, and we had the most wonderful relationship as they guided me through some interesting times, and somehow convinced the world’s press that Sportscar racing and winning the world’s greatest race, Le Mans, was quite important!
Their guidance and friendship was invaluable throughout my career and following David’s tragic passing in 2002, I have truly admired Christine’s commitment and selflessness in her passion to develop Hope for Tomorrow.
What Christine and her team at Tetbury have achieved is incredible, and I am more than proud to be a small cog in that dynamic wheel.
Derek also raced in Formula 1, but more memorably in sports cars, winning 2 world championships, 5 times the Le Mans 24 hour race and 3 times at the Daytona 24 hours. He also took part in the filming of ‘Le Mans’ with Steve McQueen, and was awarded an MBE in 1986 for his services to motorsport.
We are proud to have Derek as one of our Patrons, and his family are very active within our charity.
“It is an honour to be asked to become Patron for Hope for Tomorrow and to support their vital work in bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes. My father, Sir Jack Brabham, was quick to support the charity when it was founded in 2003 and it is a pleasure to continue the association he established.”
David Brabham was one of the world’s elite sportscar racers – an outright and triple Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner, double American Le Mans Series Champion and former Formula 1 driver.
David has created his own powerful legacy befitting of the Brabham name in an illustrious career spanning the highest echelons of global motorsport.
Geoffrey first met David and Christine Mills in the early 1980’s. His company at that time was launching a range of mobile workshops and needed professional PR. A mutual friend effected an introduction and the rest, as they say, is history.
David and Christine, or as Geoffrey often referred to them ‘the dynamic duo’, played a significant part in promoting a business concept that ultimately led to Geoffrey and his wife Ina to found a successful nationwide fleet management company, Fleet Support Group, in 1987, which became the largest independent fleet management group in the UK. (Fleet Support Group was acquired by ARI in December 2011).
Following David’s untimely passing, Geoffrey and Ina offered Christine whatever help she needed in establishing her vision for Hope for Tomorrow and, as a result, their company Fleet Support Group became a major sponsor.
Geoffrey says that Christine’s invitation for him to become a Patron was very humbling and he feels very privileged to be a part of this dynamic organisation.
Geoffrey is also a member of the ‘4 Old Blokes’ band, who have produced several albums, proceeds from which are very kindly donated to Hope for Tomorrow. You can view, listen to samples and purchase ‘4 Old Blokes’ CD’s from the Hope for Tomorrow Website Shop.
We are proud to have Geoffrey as one of our Patrons.
“I was absolutely delighted when Christine asked me to become a Patron of Hope for Tomorrow. I’ve been to several of the Charity’s events and it’s always been clear to me that the Charity is well organised and very efficient, and makes a significant difference to the lives of cancer sufferers and their families, at a most crucial time.
I lost my father to cancer and I know all too well what a miserable experience the chemotherapy is. The Hope for Tomorrow team clearly have no intention of resting on their considerable laurels, and no doubt such energy and determination will generate new Mobile Chemotherapy Units and also keep the existing vehicles on the road to assist many other patients.”
Martin Brundle started his racing career at 12 years old in a self built grass-track car in his native West Norfolk. He progressed up the motor racing ladder and after an epic season against Ayrton Senna in Formula 3, they were both elevated directly to Formula One in 1984.
Martin enjoyed 10 seasons of F1 racing and was also lucky enough to win the Le Mans and Daytona 24 hour races, along with the World Sportscar Championship. He was also a board member and then Chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, the owners of Silverstone.
In 1997 he moved to the commentary box working alongside the great Murray Walker, and after sixteen years with ITV and BBC he now works in commentary and presentation with Sky Sports F1, broadcasting to tens of millions of English speakers around the world. He is married to Liz and has a daughter and a son, Charlie and Alex.
We are proud to have Martin as one of our Patrons.
Nick began his career with Ford Motor Company in 1977 as a graduate trainee. During his high performance career, he worked with Ford in the UK, Detroit and Germany. He soon moved to Aston Martin, where he was the youngest Managing Director in the marque’s history and was responsible for their modernisation from a bespoke British car manufacturer to the brand you see today, synonymous with quality and high performance.
Nick was then recruited by Prodrive, where he was appointed CEO, leading their expansion into advanced engineering services as well as winning the World Rally & Le Mans Sports Car Championships and twice finishing second at Bathurst in the Australian V8 series.
Next, Nick Fry was appointed CEO of British American Racing (BAR), Honda F1 and led a management buyout of Honda F1 to create Brawn GP. As CEO he was responsible for building the commercial side of the Brawn GP team which won the 2009 Formula 1 Drivers and Constructors Championships followed by subsequent World Championships following the sale of Brawn GP to Mercedes.
After the sale to Mercedes he continued to successfully manage and grow the team by recruiting Lewis Hamilton. With his mission accomplished, Nick transitioned to a UK Business Ambassador role, consultant and venture capitalist. Nick continues to play a very active role in the world of Sport, Engineering and Business.
Nick officially launched our London/ Surrey MCU, along with charity Patron Ross Brawn OBE in July 2017. Following this, we asked him to become a Patron for our charity to which he agreed.
We are thrilled to have Nick as part of the Hope for Tomorrow family