Hope for Tomorrow was founded by Christine Mills MBE in December 2003, after she lost her husband David to cancer. One of the many stresses the couple endured was travelling from their home to the Oncology Centre – a journey of nearly 60 miles.
Christine wanted the charity to focus in a practical way, to alleviate the additional anxieties of travelling. She met Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and discovered that he had a vision to bring chemotherapy closer to the patient.
Christine and Sean
A word from Dr Sean Elyan MB FRCP FRCR, Interim Chair of Hope for Tomorrow:
“I am a Consultant Cancer Specialist and Medical Director and in about 1998 I saw a patient who was on treatment number 20 out of 30. He was spending 3½ hours every week travelling from Llandrindod Wells in Powys to Cheltenham for chemo and the same time going back.
I thought to myself; we must be able to do better than this.
The answer seemed simple – a mobile chemotherapy service.
It was only when I met Christine Mills that I realised we shared a vision and through the energy, inspiration and vision of Christine and the Hope for Tomorrow team, this dream has been realised.
In my career within Oncology over 25 years I have seen many changes in care of cancer patients and there are 3 innovations that I think have been truly transformational:
- The introduction of platinum based chemotherapy
- The use of revolutionary new anti-sickness drugs
- The development of the Mobile Cancer Care service
This inspired her to make the dream into a reality and the charity raised enough money to build the world’s first Mobile Cancer Care Unit, and Hope for Tomorrow was born.
Christine worked tirelessly to build Hope for Tomorrow’s fleet of Mobile Cancer Care Units, and make the charity the success that it is today.
Sadly, Christine had her own battle with cancer, which she lost in September 2018. She faced this last challenge with determination and threw herself more into her work than ever before. Her loss is felt by many and her legacy will live on in the continued work of Hope for Tomorrow.