Anniversary launch of new chemotherapy unit

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.”

More details on the charity and how to support its activities, can be found at www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk . Details of the Rotary Club are available at www.cirencester-rotary.org.uk