Hope for Tomorrow
Driving Cancer Care Forward
Hope for Tomorrow is a dedicated charity, bringing cancer care closer to patients’ homes via our Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs)
As a cancer charity, we understand that time is a crucial factor for patients, and in 2007 we launched the world’s first ever Mobile Cancer Care Unit (MCCU) in Gloucestershire to bring vital and compassionate cancer care closer to patients, enabling them to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones.
We are proud to have 14 Mobile Cancer Care Units (including 3 reserve Units) across the country, enabling thousands of patients to have their treatment closer to home. We currently have Units helping patients in East Kent, London/Surrey, Norfolk & Norwich, West Yorkshire, East Essex, West Suffolk, Lincoln and South Wiltshire. Southampton has a dedicated Nurse’s Support Vehicle, which enables nurses to travel to and from their outreach appointments without using taxis, safely transporting treatment and medication through more convenient and economical means.
Our MCCU’s park in large and accessible spaces like supermarket and hospital car parks across England, and provide convenient cancer care to patients who need us. Our MCCU’s help to alleviate the stresses and strains of travelling long distances to appointments, along with reducing hospital waiting times. We aim to give patients back the gift of time, so they can spend it doing the things they love.
Each MCCU can treat up to four patients at any one time, and up to twenty patients can receive their valuable cancer care treatment each day. We provided over 24,000 treatments in 2020.
Hope for Tomorrow don’t receive any government funding for our Units and instead we rely on the generosity of our local communities to support us. The NHS provides the nurses, the drivers, vehicle insurance and the fuel for the MCCUs but we fundraise to pay for the building and maintenance of the Mobile Cancer Care Units. It costs £198 per day to keep each of our Mobile Cancer Care Units on the road.
Hope for Tomorrow won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in 2016. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success, and was awarded in recognition of our achievements since our founder, Christine Mills MBE, set up Hope for Tomorrow in 2003.
In November 2021, we launched the next generation state-of-the-art fully Mobile Cancer Care Unit, a ‘world first’ in healthcare innovation, designed to change the way care is delivered. The unit has been named ‘Christine’, in memory of our founder Christine Mills MBE who died in 2018 from cancer.
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