OVER the past seven years, Hope for Tomorrow’s Somerset Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) , ‘Bumble’, has been bringing cancer care closer to patients’ homes, visiting communities across the county..

During this time, ‘Bumble’ has administered more than 8,000 treatments saving patients over 364,000 miles of travel and over 32,000 hours of travel and waiting time.

The MCU is owned by Hope for Tomorrow and operated by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, with support from the Musgrove Leukaemic Group.

A seventh birthday party to celebrate this landmark was recently held at Musgrove Park Hospital. Attended by patients, nurses and supporters who have kept the wheels turning on ‘Bumble’ over the past seven years, staff from Hope for Tomorrow, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and members of Musgrove Leukaemic Group, celebrated Bumble’s success. Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis also attended.

Christine Mills, founder of Hope For Tomorrow, said: “After seven years of busy service by ‘Bumble’ we have recently launched an appeal to raise £150,000 to build a new body for her. I am very proud that we are celebrating the landmark of seven years on the road and it is the perfect opportunity to tell everyone of our plans for ‘Bumble’ and what she needs in order to keep her wheels turning. We have so far raised nearly £40,000 towards our target. Thank you to everyone for their support.”