Butterfly Hospice marks its first year in the community

Staff and patients celebrated the Butterfly Hospice's first year in service over tea and cake.
Staff and patients celebrated the Butterfly Hospice's first year in service over tea and cake.

Boston’s Butterfly Hospice has marked its first anniversary of service to terminally-ill patients in the community.

Patients, nurses and support workers at the facility, in Rowan Way, celebrated the hospice’s first birthday over cake and tea, sharing memories of loved ones.

They also recognised hospice staff and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) who have been providing compassionate palliative care within Boston and surrounding communities since August, 2014.

Current patient Brian Thornton said: “The most impressive thing to me is the attitude of all the staff, the nurses, cleaners and chef. Everyone has time for you.”

The wife of a former patient extended a heartfelt thank you to staff: “Thank you for looking after my husband. You made his last weeks pain-free and comfy. Thank you for all your support.”

The Butterfly Hospice is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness by providing choice, care and support in a hospice setting.

Abigail Grant, hospice support worker, said: “I love that when I come to work, I have the fantastic job of helping people feel happy in their current time. I find the job rewarding and satisfying, and I enjoy getting to know the patients’ relatives and families, and giving them a feeling of relaxation knowing their relatives are being well cared for.”

Becky Portess, LCHS complex case manager at Butterfly Hospice, said: “I have had the utmost pleasure in helping to manage the hospice since its opening last year. Throughout the year, there have been some amazing people who have joined us on a journey - be it as a patient, colleague, family member, carer or volunteer.

“The Butterfly Hospice has been fundamental in ensuring that people in the local community have a choice in where they want to be cared for and we have been able to accept patients for respite, emergency and end of life care. Our team of dedicated nurses and support workers are complemented by the staffing team and volunteers from the Butterfly Hospice - all staff play their integral part.”

Butterfly Hospice chief executive Judi Byrne highlighted the wonderful generosity of the community and their backing for the much needed service: “When you or someone you care about is seriously ill, you want to know they’re getting the best possible care and treatment - we do too. Our hospice provides 24-hour inpatient care to those who need it most. Through the support of local people and dedicated staff, we can offer people comfort and care in a beautiful hospice and gardens. It has been a busy year and we look forward to welcoming lots more people to Butterfly Hospice, as well as developing our new services which, we know people need”.

If you can help with fundraising or volunteering for the hospice call 01205 311222.