Organisation: Hope for Tomorrow (VG)
About this volunteer-involing organisation
Understanding that time is a crucial factor for patients, in 2007 they launched the world’s first ever MCU to bring vital cancer care closer to patients, enabling them to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones. Hope for Tomorrow build, provide and maintain MCUs to support patients who are going through Chemotherapy by alleviating the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments, along with reducing hospital waiting times.
Working in a unique partnership with the NHS, the charity now has ten MCUs operational in Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Wiltshire, Hampshire, East Kent, Lincolnshire, North Wiltshire, Cornwall, West Suffolk and East Essex, with a reserve MCU in place to ensure continuity of service during the maintenance schedule. They also provide a Nurses Support Vehicle with each MCU, which allows the nursing team to travel to and from the daily treatment locations.
Since the launch of the first MCU in 2007, the charity has saved patients a total of over 2,000,000 miles and over 170,000 hours of travel and waiting time.
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 our achievements since the Founder, Christine Mills MBE, set up Hope for Tomorrow.