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No. 135 - 21st February 2007
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racing driver launches Britain’s first mobile chemotherapy unit
helping cancer patients in Ross-on-Wye
British racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, officially
unveiled a new unit which will bring chemotherapy treatment
closer to the homes of cancer patients in Ross-on-Wye and
hundreds more throughout the whole region.
most readers already are aware, my own son, Matt Wood has
been receiving chemotherapy for the past seven months at
Cheltenham General Hospital to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma
in his stomach, chest and neck and we were invited along
to the official launch, where Matt met Sir Stirling Moss
and had a look around the new unit.
Stirling Moss is a patron of the charity, 'Hope for Tomorrow',
which has donated the £150,000 needed to build the state-of-the-art
unit; the first of its kind in Britain.
by the oncology team from the Gloucestershire Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust, the unit will begin treating chemotherapy
patients in Ross-on-Wye and Cirencester in March this year
will be visiting Ross Community Hospital once per week.
It is hoped the unit will eventually travel further afield,
bringing the lifesaving treatment to patients in Gloucestershire,
Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Until now, although some
can be treated in Hereford and Worcester hospitals, most
cancer patients have had to travel to the Oncology Centre
at Cheltenham General Hospital, a Centre of Excellence for
. . .
patient, Matt Wood with Sir Stirling Moss in inside the fantastic
new Mobile Chemotherapy Unit. Ref: DSC_4102
based 'Hope for Tomorrow' was set up by Christine Mills,
of Tetbury, whose husband David lost his fight against cancer
in 2002. Determined to honour the memory of her husband,
Christine established Hope for Tomorrow to help families
cope with the disease.
Stirling Moss OBE, who first met David and Christine through
their work in the motor racing industry, said: 'I am absolutely
delighted to be part of such a unique and exciting project.
I hope that this fantastic unit will be the first of many
and the names of David and Christine, who I know as Sport
and Sportess, will be remembered for it.'
charity has the backing of a number of high profile supporters
including former Chairman of Vodafone, Lord MacLaurin OBE,
who is also the Chairman of Hope for Tomorrow. The Mercedes-Benz
unit has a bespoke body designed and built by Conestoga
and WHF Ltd, who build many of the Formula One hospitality
will be able to treat five people on board at any one time
– up to 20 patients a day. It has been fitted with the latest
technology to provide a hygienic, safe and comfortable environment
for patients and staff. Chippenham-based company, Fleet
Support Group, are one of the first major sponsors being
sought to help Hope for Tomorrow fund the unit.
Sean Elyan, Medical Director at the Gloucestershire Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust, and Consultant Oncologist, said: 'It
is our vision that the mobile chemotherapy unit will bring
treatment closer to the homes of cancer patients, reducing
the burden on them and their families, whilst maintaining
the highest standard of care.'
would like to say a big thank you to Christine and everyone
at Hope for Tomorrow for their heroic fund-raising efforts
and admirable determination to get this project off the
NHS-run unit will initially provide chemotherapy treatment
weekly at Ross-on-Wye Community Hospital and Cirencester
Hospital, although it is hoped that this will be extended
once other locations have been confirmed.
said: 'This is a ground breaking project and our most ambitious
to date. Along with Dr Sean Elyan we share the same vision
for this unit. I feel I have done the easy part - it is
the commitment to this project from the oncology team at
the Trust that I think is incredible'.
. . .
racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss officially opens the new mobile
unit. Ref: DSC_4094
Janet Trotter, Chair of the Trust before the official opening with
chemo patients, Sandra Woodward (left)
and Matt Wood. Ref: DSC_4078
Mills, Ian Ingledew, Adrian Bamford, Sir Stirling Moss, Geoff Hiscox,
Maureen Dore, Margaret Sullivan, Claire Salter, Sean Elyan, Helen
Robinson, Gail Stephens, Brian, who worked on the vehicle in York.
with his Consultant Nurse, Ian Ingledew and Consultant Oncologist,
Dr. Sean Elyan - Medical Director
at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Ref: DSC_4143
did extremely well with the media on the occasion of the
opening and I am very proud of the way he got through the
stressful hour of having his photo taken, what seemed like
a thousand times. Matt declined to be interviewed by both
the BBC and ITV as dealing with it all was just a bit too
much for him at the time but he did enjoy the morning. Neither
he nor I had expected quite as much media coverage of the
opening as there was. I
would like to thank both television crews for their understanding
of the situation.
would also like to thank Sir Stirling Moss for taking the
time to call Matt inside the new unit, before the main press,
for our own, exclusive photographs and for his help with
providing this new mobile unit which will benefit so many
people in the future!
all of the doctors, nurses and staff at Cheltenham General
Hospital who have been so kind to Matt over the past seven
months. You are doing a wonderful job and you have been
just fantastic! This article is a tribute to you all.
coverage inside the new unit - looking to my left with the camera:
ITV television crew. Ref: DSC_4111
coverage inside the new unit - looking to my right with the camera:
lots of other cameras. Ref: DSC_4111
good news . . .
last scan, about a month ago now, showed that he has only
one small area of the cancer left, in the right hand side
of his chest. He has one month of chemotherapy left to go,
after which he cannot take any more at this time. The likelihood
is, that this last month of treatment will take out that
small remaining problem. If not, his treatment will have
to be finished off using another method but all signs do
look very good.
Matt may look a little unwell in the top photo, it is the
toxic qualities of the chemical treatment which is causing
this, not the illness itself and this is quite normal in
such circumstances. He has flown through the treatment,
going out with his mates in the evenings as usual, holding
wild parties while Mum is away and leading a perfectly normal
lifestyle, with only minor symptoms such as sickness immediately
following treatment, insomnia - and nowhere near as much
hair loss as we were told to expect. What it is to be young,
carefree and strong! I know that I could not have gone through
what Matt has been through with as much strength and courage!
Stirling Moss OBE
The best driver never to win the World Championship, Sir
Stirling Moss OBE is arguably the greatest all-round racing
driver of all time. Known during his career as 'Mr Motor
Racing' he began hill climbing a Cooper 500 in 1948 at the
age of 18. His early career was meteoric and soon he was
driving works cars for Jaguar and HMW. In 1955 he was signed
up by Mercedes-Benz to partner World Champion Fangio. That
year Stirling shadowed the great Argentine in most Grand
Prix, beating him to win the British GP. Famously, that
year he won the incredible Mille Miglia, The Targa Florio
and the Tourist trophy - all legendary sports car races.
four years he would finish runner-up in the World Championships
and, after M-B retired, led the Maserati and Vanwall teams.
He also continued to drive saloon and sports cars and during
his remarkable career drove more than 80 different types
the late '50s and early '60s, Stirling Moss led the changeover
to rear engine Formula 1 cars, achieving the first victory
for such a car in the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix and was
in a class of his own during this period. A near-fatal accident
ended it all in 1962 but he was to remain a superstar to
this day. One of the original jet-setters, he still dashes
round the world fulfilling engagements and competing in
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