A TETBURY charity helping people with cancer and their families has been highly acclaimed in a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Hope for Tomorrow, which runs mobile chemotherapy units across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Hampshire and Dorset, was runner up in healthcare and medical research category in The Charity Awards 2013 ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

Christine Mills MBE, who founded the charity in 2003 after experiencing first-hand the difficulties of having to drive 60 miles while her husband David, who died in 2002, underwent treatment for spine cancer, said she was thrilled by the commendation.

“In this, our tenth anniversary year, it is heart-warming for our work to have been recognised by such a prestigious award and judging panel,” she said. “When I founded Hope for Tomorrow in 2003 my aim was to help cancer patients avoid the stress of travelling to receive treatment.

“I never realised that our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit would help in so many ways making the patients’ experience that much more bearable.”

She added her ultimate goal was to operate a mobile chemotherapy unit in every county in the UK.

For more information on Hope for Tomorrow visit hopefortomorrow.org.uk