In Susan’s words, “I was delighted when, last year, I was invited to become an Ambassador for Hope for Tomorrow, since I have been explaining the virtues of the charity informally for many years to anyone who would listen!
My association with Hope for Tomorrow goes back to 2007 when my late husband, Tony, volunteered to be the first patient on the very first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit to go into service. By this time we had been travelling weekly (and sometimes daily) to Cheltenham General Hospital for 2 years, when Hope for Tomorrow offered – and delivered – the opportunity for him to have his treatment nearer to home and consequently for us to have more time together to share our lives.
Tony was treated for a further 2 years on the MCU at a venue only 25 minutes from our home before he passed away, and I believe that he would not have had the strength to continue for as long without Hope for Tomorrow. It gave us the precious gift of time together when ‘time’ was the most important thing in our lives. My gratitude for this extra time is impossible to express.
The vision and fortitude of Christine Mills, the Founder of Hope for Tomorrow, are an inspiration to me, and I feel honoured and humbled to be invited to act as as an Ambassador, and help in a small way to support this wonderful Charity.”
Susan received her Ambassador award from HRH The Princes Royal, during her visit to our Generation 2 Mobile Chemotherapy Unit at Cheltenham General Hospital, in September 2015. The new design of our Generation 2 MCU incorporates features and improvements that reflect feedback: from patients who have received their cancer treatment on board; from carers; and from the highly trained medical teams that operate our MCUs.