On October 12th, 2015, Hope for Tomorrow and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust celebrated two years of bringing cancer treatment closer to home for patients across East Kent on board the charity’s Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, called ‘Caron’. The event was a huge success, giving supporters, patients and nurses the opportunity to gather together to celebrate this significant milestone.
Charity Founder, Christine Mills MBE, said “All of us at Hope for Tomorrow are very happy and proud that ‘Caron’- in memory of Gloria Hunniford’s daughter Caron Keating – has been helping to reduce stress for East Kent chemotherapy patients for 2 years. With the help of our many funders and supporters, we look forward to bringing cancer treatment closer to home in Kent for many years to come.”
Gloria, Hope for Tomorrow Patron, said “I love the name Hope for Tomorrow and, during her 7 years of battling cancer, my courageous daughter Caron lived by the positivity of hope. It is such a privilege that this Unit is named after Caron and I know how proud she would be that this invaluable work is being carried out.”
Based at Kent & Canterbury Hospital, the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit has visited a number of locations since its launch – including Hythe, Dover, Herne Bay and Ashford – and has so far saved patients over 10,000 hours in travel and waiting time. Up to twenty patients a day benefit from being treated by NHS chemotherapy nurses in a relaxing and comfortable environment in their own communities, avoiding the stress and strains of parking and travelling long distances.
Hope for Tomorrow is a cancer charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to home. Their Mobile Chemotherapy Units bring vital treatments to patients, reducing travel, waiting times and the stresses and strains of busy hospitals. The charity builds, owns and maintains the Mobile Chemotherapy Units and provides them to the NHS to operate with their highly trained staff. The Units travel throughout their counties of operation to a number of set locations and have the capacity to treat up to 20 patients a day
The East Kent Mobile Chemotherapy Unit was the fifth Unit to be launched by Hope for Tomorrow who now have 9 MCUs on the road across the country.
Each Mobile Chemotherapy Unit costs Hope for Tomorrow £260,000 to build and launch and is capable of providing for the delivery of approximately 2,000 chemotherapy treatments a year, saving patients thousands of miles of travel whilst reducing their fuel costs and time taken out of their day for treatment.