Supporters, patients and nurses will be gathering together to celebrate this significant milestone on Monday 12 October, the start of ‘Chemotherapy in the Community Week’.
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.
Charity Founder, Christine Mills MBE, said “All of us at Hope for Tomorrow are very happy and proud that ‘Caron’- named after 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 Hunniford, 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."
‘Chemotherapy in the Community Week’ is the charity’s annual awareness campaign to highlight the benefits Mobile Chemotherapy Units bring to patients undergoing treatment, allowing people to focus on their life outside of cancer.