On Monday, 5th November, the Cancer Charity, Hope for Tomorrow, and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust officially unveiled the state-of-the art Unit which has four treatment chairs and has been designed to enable flexibility for treatment locations.
The Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of West Yorkshire, James Steggles spoke on behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF) and confirmed that this is part of an initiative being rolled out across the country. The MBF. the Charity arm of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons has funded the purchase of seven units at a cost of circa £2m and work has begun on an eighth. Travelling distances in many parts of the country can be quite long, not good news when Chemotherapy is involved, and these units will take the treatment to the Patient and have a significant impact on the quality of their live.
The MBF supports many other worthy causes, in the last year£437,000, has been utilised in grants to 26 Blood Bike Charities throughout England and Wales. 17 bikes and 9 cars have been handed over. The next major project is already underway, the provision of 52 Ambulances and support vehicles for St John ambulance, total grant circa £3m.
The Mobile Cancer Chemotherapy Care Units (MCCU) is owned and maintained ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ and will be provided along with a Nurses’ Support Vehicle (NSV) which allows the nursing team to travel to and from the locations of the MCCU; these locations are determined the hospital, depending on where the patient need is greatest. Megan Broadley, Hope for Tomorrow Partnership Manager said: “We are very excited to be partnering with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and look forward to developing this further to make the MCCU a success.” Stacey Hunter, Chief Operating Officer of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is helping us bring our ambition to, wherever possible, offer patients care closer to home so that they don’t have to spend their valuable time travelling to hospital.”
Long may the excellent work of the ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ Charity continue to improve the lives of so many at a very difficult time.
Duncan Smith, Communications Manager.
West Yorkshire Province of Mark Master Masons.