Tribute has been paid to a ‘dedicated and valued’ supporter of Boston’s Butterfly Hospice following her death at the facility she helped create.
Jane Parsons, of Old Leake, died last Monday at The Butterfly Hospice; in April, she spoke publicly about being diagnosed with terminal cancer and expressed her hope of spending her final days there.
Mrs Parsons had been a supporter of The Butterfly Hospice for eight years, first as a volunteer, then as a fundraising and admin manager, and then in a part-time role with responsibility for grants and trust fundraising.
In April, Mrs Parsons said her knowledge of the team at the hospice – which opened last summer – was a source of comfort as she looked to the future.
She said: “I feel secure because I know what wonderful people work there.”
Speaking to The Standard this week, Mrs Parsons’ cousin Christine Pittman said: “Jane showed extraordinary commitment to her work, but with great modesty – she realised that while one person alone can be enthusiastic, a team of people can achieve the unbelievable.
“So she invited her friends, ex-colleagues and relatives to join her as volunteers to help raise money to build, fit out and plant gardens for The Butterfly Hospice.
“Typically, the project was her gift to other people, so it was ironic but also a great relief that she was able to spend her last days there, surrounded by such professional, caring individuals.”
She added: “Jane will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues.”
Yvonne Slater, chairman of the trustees at The Butterfly Hospice, described Mrs Parsons as a ‘deeply respected and popular colleague and friend’.
“Jane was also a dedicated and valued member of The Butterfly Hospice team and she will be missed by many,” she said.
“It seemed very appropriate and fitting that Jane’s final time with us was spent peacefully in The Butterfly Hospice, sharing the care that she and others had worked so tirelessly to provide for our communities.
“It is with a deep sadness that we say farewell to Jane, but we have only to look towards the hospice to know that she was very proud to be a part of something very lasting and very special.”
At Mrs Parsons’ request, there will be no funeral, but anyone wanting to remember her are invited to send a donation to The Butterfly Hospice, Rowan Way, Boston, Lincs, PE21 9DH, or join in this year’s Butterfly Release, which will be held in Boston, Skegness and Spalding on Sunday, July 5. Details from 01205 311222.