Chemotherapy in the community

Posted: December 1, 2014

Hope for Tomorrow launches new appeal

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Cancer patients in north Wiltshire are already benefiting from the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) that the Hope for Tomorrow charity provided for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in September.

And the charity has today launched its first Chemotherapy in the Community campaign to raise the £12,000 annual running costs to keep each Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) on the road, and to donate more MCUs to more NHS Trusts across the UK.

Dozens of cancer patients have already been receiving life-saving treatment on board 'Linda' - the Wiltshire unit that visits rural locations and smaller towns in the county.

The Mobile Chemotherapy Unit drastically reduces the stress of driving for appointments for chemotherapy at the Great Western Hospital Swindon Oncology Centre, for both cancer patients and their loved ones. It can treat up to 20 patients a day.

Ann Mabbutt 200"World of difference"

Ann Mabbutt, from Pewsey, (pictured, right) has first-hand experience of the service.

She says, "Hope for Tomorrow's Mobile Chemotherapy Unit was a lot quieter, quicker and a lot more convenient, as the journey time and distance were reduced by half.

The unit has a more relaxed feeling, which made the world of difference, and it allowed me to talk to others going through a similar experience."

Further information

Hope for Tomorrow Mobile Chemotherapy Unit facts:

  • Each Mobile Chemotherapy Unit costs the Hope for Tomorrow charity a staggering £260,000 to build and maintain for three years
  • The interiors were designed with help from cancer patients and some MCUs have been named after a local person who has battled the disease
  • Hope for Tomorrow also supplies each Trust with a car so that chemotherapy nurses can travel between Oncology Centre and the MCU's rural locations
  • Each MCU can treat up to 20 patients a day, delivering up to 2,000 treatments a year
  • There are currently eight MCUs - in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, East Kent, Berkshire, Lincolnshire and parts of Dorset

Chemotherapyinthecommunity250How you can help

To help keep the north Wiltshire MCU on the road, join Hope for Tomorrow's Chemotherapy in the Community Week, supported by Pierre Fabre UK, starting on 1 December, by organising a fund-raising event, or simply help spread the word about the charity.

The charity will supply useful fund-raising packs and ideas. 

For full details please see the Hope for Tomorrow website.

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