Each MCCU can treat up to four patients at any one point and up to twenty patients can receive their valuable treatment each day.
Alongside the MCCUs, we also provide a Nurses Support Vehicle (NSV) to each NHS Trust Partner. These vehicles are imperative for nursing teams to travel independently to and from the MCCU. It also allows the nurses to have use of a dedicated vehicle to transport any additional supplies or equipment that may be required.
We are proud to be partnered with 11 Hospital Trusts and provide each one with its own Mobile Cancer Care Unit and Nurses Support Vehicle. To see where each of the units visit, please see our ‘Locations’ page.
Each unit is given an identity through a name inspired by, or in memory of, someone affected by cancer.
Details of our MCCUs and partnerships are given below:
Gloucestershire – Helen
- The world’s first Mobile Cancer Care Unit
- Partnered with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Launched by charity Patron, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, in February 2007
- Named ‘Helen’ in memory of a dear friend of our charity founder, who sadly passed away from cancer
- Helen was re-launched in 2017 to mark the charity’s 10th anniversary of being in operation; she was upgraded to a Generation Two MCCU to mark the occasion
- Based at Gloucester Royal Hospital
Somerset – Bumble
- Partnered with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
- Launched in December 2010 by Sir Stirling and Lady Moss, both Patrons of Hope for Tomorrow
- The name ‘Bumble’ was given in memory of Stirling’s late mother-in-law, who sadly lost her battle with cancer
- Based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton
South Wiltshire– Kayleigh
- Partnered with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
- Launched by a dear friend of the charity, Murray Walker, in May 2012
- Named in memory of a young woman from Chippenham, who sadly passed away from cancer
- Based at Salisbury District Hospital
East Kent – Caron
- Partnered with East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
- Launched by Michael Keating, son of charity Patron, Gloria Hunniford, OBE, since October 2012
- ‘Caron’ was given her name in memory of Caron Keating, Gloria’s daughter, who sadly passed away from cancer
- Based at Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Lincoln – Elaine
- Partnered with the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Launched by Phil Anyon, a senior member of the Mark Masons, in April 2014
- ‘Elaine’ was chosen for this unit in memory of Phil’s wife who sadly passed away from cancer
- Based at Lincoln County Hospital
West Suffolk – Frisbey
- Partnered with the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
- Launched by Martin Brundle, a Patron for Hope for Tomorrow, in March 2016
- The name ‘Frisbey’ was chosen for this unit in memory of Martin’s grandmother who sadly passed away from cancer
- Based at West Suffolk Hospital
East Essex – Maureen
- Partnered with the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
- Launched by Liz Burton in July 2016 and named in memory of her sister, Maureen Dore
- Maureen was a patient representative as part of the original MCCU project team in 2006, with Dr Sean Elyan and charity founder, Christine Mills
- Based at Colchester General Hospital
London/Surrey – Janey
- Partnered with The Royal Marsden NHS Trust
- Launched by Ross Brawn OBE, Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports, and his former colleague from Mercedes F1, Nick Fry, in July 2017
- This MCCU was called ‘Janey’ in memory of a close friend of Christine’s, who sadly passed away from cancer
- Based at Royal Marsden Hospital
West Yorkshire – Linda
- Partnered with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
- Launched in October 2018 by Wendy Booth
- Named ‘Linda’ in memory of the late wife of Captain Dan Conley, Councillor Linda Conley, who sadly passed away from cancer and was also a loyal supporter of Hope for Tomorrow
- Based at Airedale General Hospital
Norfolk & Norwich - Amara
- Officially launching in 2021
- Partnered with Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust
- Delivered to the Trust on 22nd October 2020.
- Named ‘Amara’ in memory of John Gillo’s, Provincial Grand Master for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, wife.
- Based at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Southampton – Nurses Support Vehicle (NSV)
- In 2013, a Nurses Support Vehicle was provided by Hope for Tomorrow for the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
- The NSV allows nurses to travel to and from their outreach appointment without using taxis. The nurses had to use taxis previously because the medications that they were transporting were so strong, normal car insurance would not have covered them, in case of any accidents. The NSV allows for treatment and medications to be delivered through more convenient and economical means.
- Based at Southampton General Hospital