Project information


Hope for Tomorrow's Care Miles Fund will be dedicated to the maintenance and support of our Mobile Chemotherapy Units ( MCU ). Launching this in our 10th Anniversary Year is part of our strategy for sustaining the growing fleet which delivers our mission to bring cancer treatment closer to home.

June 2013 - June 2015

Charity information: Hope For Tomorrow

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  • Need


    A typical lifespan of a MCU is 10 years for the body and 15 for the chassis. The facilities on the Units require updating and refurbishing within that lifespan. This is to provide the best medical facilities and environment for patients. Our patient feedback has shown that our service not only reduces travelling and waiting times but also helps avoid the stress and strains of busy Oncology Centres.


    Our project aim is to underpin the costs of keeping these MCU's on the road. A key part of this is the 12 weekly inspections of the chassis and 24 hour maintenance cover for the NHS. Also capital costs can vary between Units but could include costs for upgrade, equipment, and fixtures, fittings ( e.g. treatment chairs). The launch of this Care Miles Fund, and its future growth, is integral to the sustainability and future of our service. With the aim to broaden our coverage.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure continuity of service of our fleet of Mobile Chemotherapy Units on behalf of patients.


    » Launch a Care Miles Fund that will be used solely for the costs related to maintenance, repair, refurbishment of the fixtures, fittings and bodywork.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the amount of treatments administered on each Unit which we monitor via Quarterly Reports from the NHS.

  • Impact


    Our project will help meet the increasing demand for more care based in the community. With the number of chemotherapy treatments administered predicted to rise nationally the need for access to the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit will continue to grow. Much loved by patients and the highly trained nurses our Units provide an important element in service delivery. We will demonstrate our success via impact measurement techniques using both quantitative and qualitative research.


    Reactive fundraising, responding to immediate need, can divert resources. As a charity we prefer to be proactive with our fundraising in order to plan for the future. Our Care Miles Fund is a reflection of this strategy.


    We communicate regularly with donors via quarterly newsletters and through our website and social media. The project and its status would be featured on a regular basis and if needed with a specific mailing (ideally via email) to minimise costs but maximise impact.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £120,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,000 Unit 1 Maintenance and support of Unit 1
      £24,000 Unit 2 Maintenance and support of Unit 2
      £24,000 Unit 3 Maintenance and support of Unit 3
      £24,000 Unit 4 Maintenance and support of Unit 4
      £24,000 Unit 5 Maintenance and support of Unit 5

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Give Christmas Challenge 2013 £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our Mobile Chemotherapy Units are based in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and East Kent. Each Unit travels to fixed locations in their counties of operation, usually Community Hospitals.


    We provide our Mobile Chemotherapy Units to the NHS to operate and their Oncologists decide which of their cancer patients can be treated on the MCU. We administer, on average, 12 treatments a day, up to 5 days a week, equating to approximately 3000 per unit per year.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hope for Tomorrow launched the world's first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit in 2007 and have the operational and fundraising experience which has enabled us to expand our operation. Our business model is utilised for each new NHS Trust that approaches us and has resulted in the successful launch and subsequent operation of 5 Mobile Chemotherapy Units.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Margaret Duncan

    Margaret is our Financial Accountant who will be responsible for the set up and administration of the fund.

    Claire Cosgrove

    Claire is our Trust and Corporate Fundraiser and will be responsible for the marketing and communications of the fund to our supporters.

    Alex Trapnell

    Alex will be responsible for promoting the fund through our web site and social media.

    Christine Mills

    Christine is our Founder and will be responsible for communicating the fund to our Major Donors