New trust’s chief ready for challenge

THE new chief executive of a trust aiming to bring a bed hospice providing palliative care to Boston has said the charity remains focused and motivated.

The board of trustees of the Butterfly Hospice, based on Rowan Way, announced Judi Byrne had taken up the post recently.

The trust needs to meet the criteria for clinical care set out by the Boston area Clinical Commissioning Group before it can accept in-patients.

Mrs Byrne, originally from Boston, is hoping her past experience and local knowledge will be a great asset to the charity.

She said: “I have been impressed by the unfailing commitment of our staff and all of the volunteers and I am privileged to be leading such a dedicated team.

“There are challenging times ahead, but everyone connected with the charity remains focused and motivated to continue the work to have a hospice for the people of Boston and the surrounding area.”

She thanked everyone who supported the charity by holding and taking part in fundraising events, visiting the hospice shops in Boston and Spalding and volunteering their time and said their support was ‘absolutely vital’ to its success.

She added: “Working in partnership with other health, social and voluntary sector providers we will be moving forward to discuss and agree sustainable ways to provide the care that is needed.”

Mrs Byrne has spent three years working for the national charity Sue Ryder as the national end of life and bereavement care lead and two years in NHS frontline operational management.

She has published articles on palliative and end of life care, and is the editor and co-author of a book on palliative care in neurological conditions.

Chair of trustees Yvonne Slater said: “Judi has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare including palliative and end of life care service development.”

The six-bed hospice, in Rowan Way, off Spilsby Road, is expected to cost £850,000 a year to run.