Replacement Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) for the county - 10th anniversary launch
Cirencester Rotary Club recently reinforced its on-going support for local charity "Hope for Tomorrow" by attending the official launch of their newest mobile chemotherapy unit - the replacement for "Helen", the unit that directly serves Glouceste
The launch of the new “Helen” marked the tenth anniversary of this important service in the county and was well attended by dignitaries, including the Duchess of Beaufort and Cirencester Mayor Mark Harris, as well as charity staff, supporters, volunteers and people who have directly benefitted from the work of the previous mobile unit.
Tetbury-based Hope for Tomorrow was founded in 2003 to help relieve the stress of long-distance travel for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment by bringing the treatment to the areas where they live. “Helen” went into service in 2007 and was the world’s first mobile chemotherapy unit. In a unique partnership with the NHS, Hope for Tomorrow now provides eleven such mobile units across South and South West England, and are currently fund-raising for a twelfth.
Cirencester Rotarian Yvonne Binks chose Hope for Tomorrow as the main charity for her Presidential year (2015/16) and the club activities raised £5000. She said, “Our members pulled out all the stops last year and it is gratifying to see how this funding has contributed to upgrading this invaluable service for Gloucestershire communities.”
Hope for Tomorrow:
In a unique partnership, Hope for Tomorrow fundraise for, build, maintain and provide state of the art Mobile Chemotherapy Units to NHS Trusts to operate with their fully qualified staff.
The Units can visit up to 5 locations each week to give treatments, and these treatment locations are carefully chosen by the NHS Trusts based on where they can treat the most patients at any given point, hence being subject to change.
Each Unit can treat between 12 - 18 patients a day. The Units continue to be owned by Hope for Tomorrow, along with the Nurses Support Vehicles.
Each bespoke state of the art Unit costs £260,000 to build and launch, which includes the provision of at least one Nurses Support Vehicle to each NHS Trust Partner, which allows the nursing teams to travel to and from the daily location of the Unit, along with any additional supplies or equipment that's required.