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Cancer care charity reveals new partnership deal

A small but highly effective charity is celebrating a new deal which will help it continue to provide mobile cancer care across Gloucestershire.

Hope for Tomorrow said it was delighted to have been chosen by Gloucestershire Care Providers Association (GCPA) to be its new charity partner.

GCPA is a membership body open to all independent providers of social care (private, not-for-profit and charitable organisations) delivering care to people in their own homes or in a residential setting within Gloucestershire.

Both parties are looking forward to working together to raise funds and the profile of the charity, which is dedicated to bring cancer care closer to patients' homes via its Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs).

Tina Seymour, chief executive of Tetbury headquartered Hope for Tomorrow, said: "We are thrilled to be chosen as the GCPA charity partner, I see real synergy between the two organisations as Hope for Tomorrow's purpose is to change the way cancer care is delivered.

"Our mobile cancer care units mean so much to cancer patients in Gloucestershire and in our other localities. It enables them to save time by having their cancer care closer to home, saving them time and energy to be with the people that mean the most.

"As a small charity that makes a big impact with over 14,000 treatments administered across our fleet in 2018 the support of GCPA will go a long way to helping us to keep the wheels turning."

Riki Moody, GCPA business operations manager, said: "We are tremendously privileged to have services like that on offer by Hope for Tomorrow within the county.

"As we are nearly all affected by the terrible disease of cancer, it is a great honour to support Hope for Tomorrow as our charity partner and we look forward to working with Tina and the team to raise much needed funds".

Each mobile cancer care unit costs the charity £198 per day to keep on the road.

Hope for Tomorrow works in partnership with the NHS helping to "ease capacity challenges at hospital trusts".

It now has 10 MCCUs operational in Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Wiltshire, East Kent, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, West Suffolk, East Essex, London/ Surrey and West Yorkshire, with two reserve MCCUs in place to ensure continuity of service during the maintenance schedule.

It also provides a nurses support vehicle with each MCCU, which allows the nursing team to travel to and from the daily treatment locations.

The charity won a Queen's Award for Enterprise - Innovation, in 2016.

For those who want to do their bit to support the Tetbury-headquartered charity there is an opportunity to put their best foot forward and do so... if they are brave enough.

Hope for Tomorrow's firewalk is due to take place at Brickhampton Court Golf Club on October 11.

A qualified firewalk instructor will be on hand to take you through a coaching workshop before you make your way across the burning embers.

Entry Fee is £30. Minimum Fundraising Target is £150.

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