Patrons & Honorary Life President
We are proud to have such a dedicated selection of Patrons. They have all played a vital role, using their voice to raise awareness for Hope for Tomorrow.
Lord Ian MacLaurin, Honorary Life President
Ian MacLaurin joined our Founder, Christine, as a Trustee and Chairman when she started the Charity in 2003. Having served on the board for 13 years he stepped down and we are proud that he is now Honorary Life President. Ian is a British businessman who started his career at Tesco in 1959 as a management trainee and he rose through the ranks to become a hugely successful Chief Executive and Chairman. He subsequently became Chairman of Vodafone and has held numerous commercial and educational posts since, including Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire. Knighted in 1989, he became Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth in 1996.
Paula MacLaurin had her own publishing company in the early 1970’s producing newsletters Business Ideas Letter and Bricks & Mortar, also a mail order book company. She met our Founder, Christine when she rented offices to Christine and her husband David in 1979 and soon became close friends with them both.
She has been a committee member for a number of charities including for Birthright and later for The National Autistic Society. She is the current President of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
Sir Stirling Moss OBE and Lady Moss
Sir Stirling Moss OBE, British motor racing legend, became a professional driver at the age of 18 and enjoyed a career which spanned three decades. He won over 200 races, including 16 Formula 1 Grand Prix, and most notably won the Mille Miglia in 1955 in a record time of 10 hours, 7 minutes, 48 seconds (average speed 99.98mph) that still stands to this day. In 2000 he was made Knight Bachelor for his services to motor racing.
“Susie and I are so proud to be involved with Hope for Tomorrow, since its inception in 2003 supporting our dear friend Christine.
She had seen, at first hand, the stresses and strains associated with the disease, not least of all the uncomfortable, long journeys to and from their nearest Oncology Centre, and the often long waiting times for treatment that her husband David experienced.
Susie and I are especially honoured that Hope for Tomorrow’s second Mobile Cancer Care Unit was named ‘Bumble’, when launched in December 2010, in memory of Susie’s late mother, who also succumbed to cancer, and that the Unit continues to help patients throughout Somerset to this day.”
Ross Brawn OBE
Ross Brawn began in Formula One in 1976 working for Frank Williams as a machinist. Ross worked for Frank for seven years, winning two World Championships and finishing as a Senior R&D Engineer.
Progress through various Teams in the eighties culminated in winning the World Sports Car Championships in 1990 where he met Michael Schumacher. With Michael, Ross won seven Drivers and Constructors F1 World Championships with Benetton and Ferrari. Ross formed his own eponymous F1 Brawn GP Team buying the defunct Honda F1 Team and won the F1 World Championships again with Jenson Button in 2009.
Ross Brawn was named Managing Director of Motor Sports, Formula 1® in January 2017.
Ross is one of the most successful and innovative Technical Directors in Formula 1 history. He has an unparalled technical knowledge of the industry thanks to his 40-year engineering and management experience.
“Most of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, either directly or with loved ones. I lost my mother to cancer so I have always been very keen to support the team at Hope for Tomorrow because they are clearly making a difference to the lives of people battling against cancer.
In meeting the challenge of an illness such as cancer, the ability to receive the necessary treatment with the minimum of stress and in a positive and motivating environment can make all the difference.
I was delighted to be invited to become a Patron of the Charity and to be a small part of a really worthy cause – providing cancer sufferers with Mobile Cancer Care Units and the environment to beat cancer.”
Gloria Hunniford OBE
“I was delighted to be invited to become a Patron of Hope for Tomorrow and to be a small part of this amazing charity.
I have a saying that ‘people never die, if they live on the lips of the living’. So I am absolutely thrilled that the East Kent Mobile Cancer Care Unit will not only have Caron’s name on it but will also be doing so much good for people going through cancer treatment in the region.
This Unit will make it easier for patients by bringing cancer care closer to their homes and I know that Caron would be very proud of it.
For everybody concerned, travelling for cancer treatment is difficult. Hope for Tomorrow has identified this problem, and it’s just amazing to see how their Mobile Cancer Care Units make life easier for so many patients.”
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Dr David English CBE MBE OSCA
Former President of RSO Records and Manager of the Bee Gees, David is Vice President of the English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) and Captain of the legendary charity celebrity ‘Bunbury’ cricket team, which he founded in 1986.
Each year David stages the Bunbury Festival, the most important week for under 15 cricketers in this Country.
As well as being Club Captain of Finchley Cricket Club, David has played for the M.C.C., Middlesex County Cricket Club and The Cross Arrows at Lords, and is the first President of Berkshire Youth Cricket, and a Lords Taverner.
David Richards CBE
David Richards is a former World Rally Champion and the Founder and Chairman of Prodrive, one of the world’s leading motorsport and advanced technology businesses, headquartered in Banbury. In the past few years he has also ventured into the hotel business, and is now the owner of two hotels in the Cornish village of St Mawes, a place which has become his second home, and why he was so proud to launch the Hope for Tomorrow Mobile Cancer Care Unit for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
“I was really honoured when I was asked to launch the Mobile Cancer Care Unit for Cornwall, and chose to name it ‘Dorothy’, in memory of my grandmother, who sadly died of cancer, far too young, some 50 years ago. I am sure that had one of Hope for Tomorrow’s Mobile Cancer Care Units existed in those days, she may well have lived for many years longer.”
Derek Bell MBE
Derek raced in Formula 1, but more memorably in sports cars, winning 2 world championships, 5 times the Le Mans 24 hour race and 3 times at the Daytona 24 hours. He also took part in the filming of ‘Le Mans’ with Steve McQueen, and was awarded an MBE in 1986 for his services to motorsport.
“Back in the early 80’s, I fortunately met David and Christine Mills who took me under their wing, and we had the most wonderful relationship as they guided me through some interesting times, and somehow convinced the world’s press that Sportscar racing and winning the world’s greatest race, Le Mans, was quite important!
Their guidance and friendship was invaluable throughout my career and following David’s tragic passing in 2002, I truly admired Christine’s commitment and selflessness in her passion to launch Hope for Tomorrow.
What Hope for Tomorrow has achieved is incredible, and I am more than proud to be a small cog in that dynamic wheel.”
David Brabham was one of the world’s elite sportscar racers – an outright and triple Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner, double American Le Mans Series Champion and former Formula 1 driver.
David has created his own powerful legacy befitting of the Brabham name in an illustrious career spanning the highest echelons of global motorsport.
“It is an honour to be asked to become Patron for Hope for Tomorrow and to support their vital work in bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes. My father, Sir Jack Brabham, was quick to support the charity when it was founded in 2003 and it is a pleasure to continue the association he established.”
Geoffrey first met Hope for Tomorrow’s Founder Christine Mills and her husband David in the early 1980’s. His company at that time was launching a range of mobile workshops and needed their professional PR resource. A mutual friend effected an introduction and the rest, as they say, is history.
David and Christine played a significant part in promoting a business concept that ultimately led to Geoffrey and his wife Ina to found a successful nationwide fleet management company, Fleet Support Group, in 1987, which became the largest independent fleet management group in the UK. (Fleet Support Group was acquired by ARI in December 2011).
Geoffrey says that the invitation for him to become a Patron was very humbling and he feels very privileged to be a part of this dynamic organisation.
Martin Brundle started his racing career at 12 years old in a self built grass-track car in his native West Norfolk. He progressed up the motor racing ladder and after an epic season against Ayrton Senna in Formula 3, they were both elevated directly to Formula One in 1984.
Martin enjoyed 10 seasons of F1 racing and was also lucky enough to win the Le Mans and Daytona 24 hour races, along with the World Sportscar Championship. He was also a board member and then Chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, the owners of Silverstone.
In 1997 he moved to the commentary box working alongside the great Murray Walker, and after sixteen years with ITV and BBC he now works in commentary and presentation with Sky Sports F1, broadcasting to tens of millions of English speakers around the world.
“I was absolutely delighted when I was asked me to become a Patron of Hope for Tomorrow. I’ve been to several of the Charity’s events and it’s always been clear to me that the Charity is well organised and very efficient, and makes a significant difference to the lives of cancer sufferers and their families, at a most crucial time.
I lost my father to cancer and I know all too well what a miserable experience the chemotherapy is. The Hope for Tomorrow team clearly have no intention of resting on their considerable laurels, and no doubt such energy and determination will generate new Mobile Cancer Care Units and also keep the existing vehicles on the road to assist many other patients.”
Nick began his career with Ford Motor Company in 1977 as a graduate trainee. During his high performance career, he worked with Ford in the UK, Detroit and Germany. He soon moved to Aston Martin, where he was the youngest Managing Director in the marque’s history and was responsible for their modernisation from a bespoke British car manufacturer to the brand you see today, synonymous with quality and high performance.
Nick was then recruited by Prodrive, where he was appointed CEO, leading their expansion into advanced engineering services as well as winning the World Rally & Le Mans Sports Car Championships and twice finishing second at Bathurst in the Australian V8 series.
Next, Nick Fry was appointed CEO of British American Racing (BAR), Honda F1 and led a management buyout of Honda F1 to create Brawn GP. As CEO he was responsible for building the commercial side of the Brawn GP team which won the 2009 Formula 1 Drivers and Constructors Championships followed by subsequent World Championships following the sale of Brawn GP to Mercedes.
After the sale to Mercedes he continued to successfully manage and grow the team by recruiting Lewis Hamilton. With his mission accomplished, Nick transitioned to a UK Business Ambassador role, consultant and venture capitalist. Nick continues to play a very active role in the world of Sport, Engineering and Business.