A longstanding fundraiser for Boston’s Butterfly Hospice who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer has spoken on the value of the service - to the area and now herself.
Jane Parsons, of Old Leake, is hoping to call on the assistance of the facility that she helped create as her illness progresses.
“My hope is I can stay at home for as long as possible and then at the very end spend my last days being cared for by the hospice.”Jane Parsons
Mrs Parsons was diagnosed with secondary spine cancer in January of this year, secondary brain cancer in February and has since been told the disease has spread throughout her body.
The primary cancer is thought to be in the breast, she added, though that is not known for sure.
She said: “My hope is I can stay at home for as long as possible and then at the very end spend my last days being cared for by the hospice.”
Mrs Parsons has been a supporter of The Butterfly Hospice for eight years, initially as a volunteer, then as a fundraising and admin manager and then part-time with responsibility for grants and trust fundraising.
The centre, which is based off Rowan Way, behind Pilgrim Hospital, opened to in-patients last summer.
It began as a project at a public meeting in 2000 - with the local community working hard to fundraise for it in the intervening 14 years.
Mrs Parsons, who was treated for breast cancer 10 years ago, spoke of the value of the facility, both in general and in light of her diagnosis.
She said: “It’s very important. It’s important for me personally now because it gives me the strength to see all this through and it’s important because it’s there for the community.”
Mrs Parsons, a widow of 20 years, said her knowledge of the team at The Butterfly Hospice was also a source of comfort for her as she looks ahead to the future, saying it makes her ‘feel safe’.
“I feel secure because I know what wonderful people work there,” she said. “The nurses are just fantastic.”
She said her message to anyone who may find themselves in the same position as her was ‘not to worry’, that there was a network of support out there for them and because of the hospice’s existence the people of Boston and the surrounding area now had ‘a choice’ of where to spend their final days.