Hope for Tomorrow is a dedicated charity, bringing cancer care closer to patients’ homes via their Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs).
As a cancer charity, they understand that time is a crucial factor for patients. This is why in 2007 they launched the world’s first ever MCCU to bring vital cancer care closer to patients, enabling them to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones.
They develop, build, provide and maintain MCCUs to support patients who are going through Chemotherapy and other cancer related treatment by alleviating the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments, along with reducing hospital waiting times.
They work in a unique partnership with the NHS, helping to ease capacity challenges at hospital trusts. They now have 10 MCCUs operational in Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Wiltshire, East Kent, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, West Suffolk, East Essex, London/Surrey and West Yorkshire, with two reserve MCCUs in place to ensure continuity of service during the maintenance schedule. They also provide a Nurses Support Vehicle with each MCCU, which allows the nursing team to travel to and from the daily treatment locations.
The charity won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation, in 2016. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success, and was made in recognition of the achievements since the Founder, Christine Mills MBE, set up Hope for Tomorrow in 2003.
Christine Mills MBE
29th February 1948 -
1st September 2018
To all her friends and everyone that knew her well she was simply known as Chris, a human dynamo, a bundle of energy, kind and caring but above all a committed person in every sense of the word. If ever Chris needed anything, then the standard response would be 'the answer is yes, now what's the question'.
The Hope for Tomorrow charity symbolised by two swans and a rainbow represents something very special. Not just for the team, friends and supporters involved with the charity but also the many patients who, over the past 10 years have experienced the considerable benefits of receiving cancer care treatment closer to home.
When Christine lost David, her husband, who himself had a long battle with cancer, a conversation with doctor Sean Elyan resulted in what Chris herself describes as a 'light bulb moment', the charity was born and is now her wonderful legacy.
Christine's passing for all of us is very difficult to accept but despite her own courageous battle with cancer, Christine remained positive right to the very end. Having seen short clips of the film projects, Chris made a statement and said "I will be at the premier in Minehead on May 18th 2019". Christine passed away three weeks later!.
What an incredible lady and inspiration and an example to us all. Her love for David never wavered through all the many years of struggling to make the charity successful. David remained throughout her soulmate, mentor and guardian angel. Christine and David are now together again and all of us in the project know that our guiding angels now have a new addition!
Christine, we dedicate our film 'Chance Encounter' to the memory of You and David - an abiding story of love.