Terminal cancer patient wins his fight to fund Keech Hospice ‘angel’

Tony Jules with nurses and staff at Keech Hospice
Tony Jules with nurses and staff at Keech Hospice

A terminally ill cancer patient has achieved his final goal– to raise enough money to fund an ‘angel’.

Back in August Tony Jules, 63, from Sundon Park, decided to dedicate the remainder of his time to raise £40,000 to cover the cost of a Keech Hospice nurse for a year.

Tony Jules with nurses at Keech Hospice

Tony Jules with nurses at Keech Hospice

The idea came after Tony was taken back by the care he received at Keech, which he says changed his perception of hospices overnight.

Calling the nurses ‘angels’, Tony recorded a charity album and inspired people from across the town to dig deep for his campaign.

He said: “I’m so grateful to have been able to achieve my final mission and know my final legacy is in place before I die.

“Thank you everybody. To see all of the messages of support on my Just Giving page is overwhelming and has spurred me on, not only with my fundraising, but with life in general.”

He added: “Luton and its community have been so supportive.

“When I saw my angel mission had travelled as far afield as Ghana, the United States and Brazil, I was amazed.”

Prior to his diagnosis in 2011, Tony worked as a programme director behind the £48.8million regeneration of the Marsh Farm estate.

He was also previously the first secretary for the Grenada High Commissioner.

During his campaign Tony has been dealt with some surprises– on one morning he was visited by a couple who had collected £1,000 from a whip-round at a local pub.

On another a cheque for £5,000 arrived in the post at Keech with a note that simply read: ‘For Tony’s Angel’.

The 63-year-old said: “It makes me happy knowing others, and their families, will benefit from my angel.

“God bless you and thank you all.”