The international commercial vehicle, financial services, contract hire and fleet management arm of DaimlerChrysler is providing the 18 tonne Axor, which will be converted to a chemotherapy unit designed to treat six patients at a time, servicing the Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire regions.
The Axor will have capacity to treat up to 20 people a day and is intended to alleviate the burden on patients who often have to make lengthy journeys for the lifesaving treatment.
Charity Hope for Tomorrow, which is raising the £150,000 for the project, is the brainchild of Christine Mills, whose husband died after losing his own battle with cancer. With first hand experience of the trials patients and their carers face during treatment, Christine founded the charity in a bid to help ease the suffering of others.
Neil Worthington, Mercedes-Benz CharterWay national accounts services manager, said: “The work Mills has achieved to bring this project to fruition is truly inspirational and Mercedes-Benz CharterWay is delighted to play a role.”
The vehicle will be trialled two days a week, run by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.