Our Ambassadors have been recognised for their dedicated and loyal support over the years, working tirelessly towards keeping our wheels turning.
Baroness Jane Scott of Bybrook OBE
Jane has been a supporter of Hope for Tomorrow for a number of years and has helped raise the profile of the charity across Wiltshire in that time in her capacity as Leader of Wiltshire Council. In 2015 Jane was appointed to the House of Lords becoming Baroness Scott of Bybrook.
Jane Scott has been Conservative Leader of Wiltshire Council since its formation as a unitary council in 2009. Jane was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to local government.
In August 2015, it was announced that Jane was to be created a life peer, giving her a seat in the House of Lords. As a result, Jane became Baroness Scott of Bybrook at a ceremony in October 2015.
Captain Dan Conley
Dan first became involved in Hope for Tomorrow in June 2009 when he attended one of our events as a guest of our then Chairman, Lord MacLaurin. Dan was the Chief Executive of the Fisherman’s Mission, as well as being heavily involved with his local Rotary Club.
Dan continues to raise awareness and funds for Hope for Tomorrow to this day.
Our West Yorkshire Mobile Cancer Care Unit ‘Linda’ is named in memory of his wife Cllr Linda Conley, who sadly passed away from cancer and was also a loyal supporter of Hope for Tomorrow.
Hilary May MBE
Hilary was the first patient to be treated on board our Somerset Mobile Cancer Care Unit, ‘Bumble’, when it was launched back in 2010.
Hilary had been travelling to the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital to receive her chemotherapy treatment, which was a round trip of 100 miles. So, to have her treatment locally on board ‘Bumble’ in Minehead, leaving home twenty minutes before her treatment at 10.30am, and be back in bed resting by 12.15pm, made, as she says, a huge difference to her life.
Hilary has been an active fundraiser and networker for Hope for Tomorrow since those early days, and we can’t thank her enough.
Of becoming an Ambassador for Hope for Tomorrow, Hilary said, “What an honour, I was speechless, which doesn’t happen often! I absolutely love the role and am so proud to be an Ambassador!
Hilary received her Ambassador award from Lord MacLaurin, during a ceremony held in October 2014.
Hilary sadly lost her battle with cancer in February 2019. She will be much missed by Hope for Tomorrow and the Minehead Community, of which she was an integral part.
John first became involved with Hope for Tomorrow through his friendship with Charity Founder, Christine Mills MBE.
“The value of this unique Charity is driven home whenever one meets someone who has been treated on a Mobile Unit – including one close friend. Hope for Tomorrow has transformed cancer treatment, being much more convenient than travelling significant distances, fostering mutual support between patients, and enabling friendships to develop between the patients and the NHS staff.
It was a great surprise and honour when I was asked to be an Ambassador for the Charity.”
John and Mary Bell
“I first became aware of Hope for Tomorrow in 2010 and immediately realised what a simple but brilliant idea it was, eminently suited to the rural county Wiltshire where I live.
Mary and I have helped at many fundraising events organised by the Charity as well generating funds through our own activities and will continue to do so whenever possible.
We are both very proud of what we have achieved in helping Hope for Tomorrow over the years, and immensely proud of being made Ambassadors.”
Tony is one of our longest standing supporters. Through his involvement with the Lions Club International, Tony has been able to spread the word about Hope for Tomorrow nationally.
“Hope for Tomorrow came to my attention in 2008 when the Charity was nominated as my then-employer’s Charity of the Year. The more and more I came to learn about the Charity and its aims, the more I thought that our Lions Clubs should be involved in fundraising for their Mobile Cancer Care Units.
I am deeply passionate about Hope for Tomorrow, and was absolutely delighted to become one of the Charity’s Ambassadors. It is a great honour, and one that I am deeply humbled by. If we can help alleviate the stresses of travel for those having to go through cancer treatment across the United Kingdom, then I feel it is imperative that we do so.”
Louise Doolan was a patient on our Somerset Mobile Cancer Care Unit ‘Bumble’, and worked tirelessly to help raise money for, and the profile of Hope for Tomorrow. Louise was a young mother, who was a talented performer, and a member of ‘Bucks Fizz’ during the late 1990’s.
Louise was posthumously awarded a Hope for Tomorrow Ambassadorship in 2015 – her daughter Leah and son Harry, received the award on Louise’s behalf, from HRH The Princess Royal, at Cheltenham General Hospital.
On hearing of the posthumous Ambassador award, Louise’s husband Paul said, “It is a source of great pride to both myself and Louise’s parents for her to be acknowledged in this way, and I know that Louise would be delighted to receive the recognition. She faced her tragic situation with great fortitude and bravery, and it will be a wonderful thing for our children to see the esteem in which she is held.”
“I only learnt about Hope For Tomorrow when my wife fell ill at the age of 28. When you are in your 20s, you feel invincible and health isn’t often a worry, but when it did become a reality for us we soon learnt that the NHS is supported by some amazing charities, including Hope For Tomorrow. We live in a rural area which involves a 50 mile round trip to our county hospital, so when we were told that we could have some of the chemo treatment in Minehead on “Bumble” we felt a weight had been lifted from our shoulders. Sadly Emma my wife lost her fight to cancer at the age of 29 and now it’s my turn to give back. With the support of my friends, we have raised nearly £30,000 in 3 years for local charities that gave us so much support at such a terrible and unexpected time in our life. Whilst I’m still fit and healthy, I will be pushing myself to the limits to ensure that “Bumble” stays on the road and keeps helping so many people like ourselves. We have completed the 3 Peaks and 10 Peaks challenges, and this year we take on the Trailwalker along the South Downs Way. My main sporting interests are rugby and running and I get to meet people from all walks of life in my job as an estate agent.”
Nigel first came across Hope for Tomorrow in 2013 when he attended our charity polo day and has been a loyal supporter ever since. He attends many events on our behalf all across the country spreading the word about what we do as a charity. We awarded Nigel his Ambassadorship in February 2017.
‘The joy and tireless enthusiasm shown by the team is reflected in the help given to the recipient’s and the hospitals that have been given the use of an MCCU. This has given me the inspiration to continue with the help I am able to give.’
Alastair has volunteered for Hope for Tomorrow for many years and continues to be active in spreading the word about our work to this day.
“When I retired I was looking for a volunteering opportunity and I had heard about the wonderful work that Hope for Tomorrow does for cancer patients. Giving a little of my time to such a worthy cause has been extremely rewarding.”
Alastair was awarded his Ambassadorship by The Duchess of Beaufort in February 2017.
Consultant Oncologist Liz Murray was instrumental in the project to introduce a Hope for Tomorrow Mobile Cancer Care Unit to United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Liz volunteers on a regular basis attending events on our behalf as well as fundraising with her choir at a concert in Lincoln Cathedral where she spoke on behalf of the charity.
Liz was awarded her Ambassadorship by The Duchess of Beaufort in February 2017.
Ron Peyton is a retired ex HR Manager who worked during his career both in Local Government and latterly for Vodafone.
Ron uses his invaluable HR expertise to provide support to the team at Hope for Tomorrow and was awarded his Ambassadorship by The Duchess of Beaufort in February 2017.
Graham and Sandra Freeman
A unique and wonderful couple in more ways than one in that they have both been treated on board our Gloucestershire MCCU ‘Helen’.
Since then, Graham and Sandra have helped the Charity in many ways, including participating in one of our DVDs, taking part in interviews with media teams, giving a speeches at events, and fundraising, to name but a few.
Graham and Sandra received their Ambassador awards from Lord MacLaurin, during a ceremony held in October 2014.
Diana had been treated on board our Gloucestershire MCCU and had created images on her iPad during this treatment reflecting on her cancer journey. These images were truly moving and it was obvious how passionate she was for what our MCCU had given her during this difficult chapter in her life.
“I was honoured to accept the Ambassadorship with Hope for Tomorrow because during my treatment for breast cancer, using the MCCU literally changed my outlook. I was beginning to be bogged down by all the travelling to Cheltenham Hospital, until I had the opportunity to simply travel to my nearest town and have my treatment promptly in an airy bright Unit with friendly staff.
I feel that Hope for Tomorrow is a Charity which puts the cancer patient in a happy position of relative ease and comfort, instead of the obvious drawbacks of visiting a large Oncology wing at a busy main hospital. All this gives you more free time to spend with family and friends.”
Diana received her Ambassador award from Lord MacLaurin, during a ceremony held in October 2014.
Bill has been a volunteer Mobile Cancer Care Unit driver for Hope for Tomorrow since 2010, helping deliver Units around the country and also taking Units to events that we host or attend as a charity.
Bill is a retired fireman, and enjoys feeling useful whilst helping others for what he says is “a really worthy cause”.
“Having experienced the effects of cancer with both family and close friends, it is a subject very close to my heart and, I am happy to be able to give some of my time to support such a worthy cause.
I felt it was a great honour to be considered for this Award and to become an Ambassador for Hope for Tomorrow. I look forward to assisting whenever possible in the good work carried out by the Charity this year and beyond.”
Bill received his Ambassador award from HRH The Princess Royal, during her visit to our Mobile Cancer Care Unit at Cheltenham General Hospital, in September 2015.
‘My association with Hope for Tomorrow goes back to 2007 when my late husband, Tony, volunteered to be the first patient on the very first Mobile Cancer Care Unit to go into service. By this time we had been travelling weekly (and sometimes daily) to Cheltenham General Hospital for 2 years, when Hope for Tomorrow offered – and delivered – the opportunity for him to have his treatment nearer to home and consequently for us to have more time together to share our lives.
Tony was treated for a further 2 years on the MCCU at a venue only 25 minutes from our home before he passed away, and I believe that he would not have had the strength to continue for as long without Hope for Tomorrow. It gave us the precious gift of time together when ‘time’ was the most important thing in our lives. My gratitude for this extra time is impossible to express.’
Susan received her Ambassador award from HRH The Princess Royal, during her visit to our Mobile Cancer Care Unit at Cheltenham General Hospital, in September 2015.