Hope for Tomorrow
Hope for Tomorrow is a charity bringing cancer care closer to patients’ communities via our state-of-the-art Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs). They work in partnership with NHS Trusts across England, supporting over 17,000 patient visits in 2019. They bring cancer care to patients so their lives aren’t dictated by their treatment.
As a cancer charity, they understand that time is crucial for patients. Sadly, many are living with the unknown, so the more time they can give back to them to spend with their loved ones, the better. In 2007 they launched the world’s first ever Mobile Cancer Care Unit to bring vital cancer care closer to patients, enabling them to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones making lasting memories.
As such, since 2007 they have and continue to develop, build and maintain world-class facilities through these Units to support patients who are going through cancer treatment. By having their treatment aboard one of our Units, the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments is reduced, along with reducing hospital waiting times for patients. Also, vital friendships and support systems are often built with other local patients.
They receive no government funding and rely solely on voluntary donations.
Working in partnership with NHS Trusts, the 12 Hope for Tomorrow Units have continued to provide chemotherapy and other treatments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and our Chairman, says: “For cancer patients who already have weakened immune systems, there is understandably increased level of anxiety at the prospect of hospital treatment.
Our Units have shown that it is possible to deliver cancer care in a safe way without having to enter hospital buildings, often closer to a patient’s home. This has obviously been, and continues to be, hugely important during the ongoing pandemic as cancer patients look for reassurance.
We’ve been working hard in conjunction with our NHS Trust partners over the years to continue to provide vital care. We know that this model of delivering cancer care services is something our patients have appreciated in times of increased stress, and it will continue to be something that offers greater peace of mind.”