Cancer Support Charity Hope for Tomorrow has teamed up with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to launch a new mobile chemotherapy unit,which will benefit cancer patients in and around Andover.
The launch was opened by Elizabeth Padmore, chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who reaffirmed the Trust's commitment to provide more services at Andover, and welcomed the mobile unit which would reduce the need for travelling.
Hope for Tomorrow was founded by Christine Mills, who lost her husband from cancer ten years ago, and in 2007 built the world's first mobile chemotherapy unit. Speaking at the launch, she explaiend the problems which confronted her when she had to take her husband from their home in Tetbury to Cheltenham, and it was in his memory that she launched the charity Hope for Tomorrow. m Mrs Gurney, a cancer patient from Alton explained that the unit would save the need to travel 18 miles to Basingstoke and would also save her husband having to take time off work as she would be able to walk to the unit in her home town.
The unit will be staffed by Hampshire Hospitals Chemotherapy nurses, who will travel daily to towns across North and Mid Hampshire, allowing people to receive their chemotherapy closer to home. The ribbon was cut by Derek Bell MBE, five times winner of Le Mans 24 hour race, whose manager was Christine Mills' husband - hence his link with the charity. Lord March, owner of the Goodwood estate and organiser of Goodwood Revival was offered the chance to name the unit as a thank you for his outstanding fundraising in support of Home for Tomorrow, and he has chose the name "Amy" in order of his great great grandmother.
Also at the launch was the Mayhor of Test Valley, Cllr Dorothy Baverstock and Mary Critcher, Chair of League of Friends at Andover Hospital. Sir George said he welcomed this new initiative, which would enable people to be treated by professional staff, but in a more accessible and homely environment than in a hospital.