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Holiday from Real Life

The Hospice was a holiday from real life Jane Hair from Bishop Auckland, was a happy, loving mum of three beautiful girls and cherished wife to Steve. Jane was cruelly struck down with cancer and attended the Day Hospice at Butterwick in Bishop Auckland up until her death in March 2014. We recently met up with Steve who has been fundraising regularly to support other families in need of Butterwick’s help.

Steve told us: “Jane was the loveliest person who was so happy to help others. During her illness she started to access services from the Hospice and soon looked forward to her day there every Friday. It was the highlight of her week. Nothing was allowed to get in the way of her day out at Butterwick. Jane made good friends there, she loved the aromatherapy massages she received and raved about the wonderful lunches, freshly prepared by the Hospice Cook. She said there was always a choice of delicious meals to tempt patients to eat. Jane received helpful treatments and could access facilities there such as the specialist bath, a treat that she couldn’t manage at home. A trip to the Hospice was like a holiday from ‘real life’ where she was gradually able to do less and less for herself. When Jane was too poorly to go to the Hospice the Aromatherapist came to her at home to continue the treatments that were so helpful to her.

"After Jane passed away I wanted to give something back as thanks for all the support we received and also as a means of helping other people in our area who are experiencing similar challenges. I organise regular quiz nights at my local, The Mason’s Arms in Etherley Dene, thanks to landlords Paul and Jackie. Jane’s friends from West Auckland WI always come and make up a couple of teams and along with other friends and regulars it is a fun night. The Hospice fundraisers supply some raffle prizes which usually help me to raise £200 - £300 at each quiz.

"My daughters and I are grateful to Butterwick Hospice for giving Jane something really helpful and enjoyable during her illness. Our daughters were all able to access the aromatherapy service too which helped them and gave them a shared enjoyable experience they could chat about with their mum. “It’s a great service that I am proud to support and would encourage others to do the same.”