A fearless cancer sufferer who is spending his final days fundraising from a hospice bed has said he is ‘amazed’ with the reaction his campaign has sparked.
Tony Jules, 63, from Sundon Park, has terminal prostate cancer but has decided to dedicate the remainder of his time to raise £40,000 to cover the cost of a Keech Hospice nurse for a year.
The idea came after Tony was taken back by the care he received at Keech, which he says changed his perception of hospices overnight.
In the last week the 63-year-old has recorded and produced a charity album from his hospice bed, while envelopes of donations arrive every day from across the globe.
In the last 24 hours a Justgiving page for the campaign has been inundated with £6,500 worth of pledges.
Speaking to the Luton News, Mr Jules said that it would mean the world to him to reach the £40,000 target.
He said: “It would mean so much, it would mean that I have been able to at least make a small contribution to Keech which is really deserved.
“I am grateful that so many people have already responded to the call and I’m amazed with the generousity of the public.
“What we have is a good piece of news, we can say there are alot of good people in this county and around the world who respond to worthy causes.
“It is really heartening.”
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.
As the 63-year-old’s condition worsened he was taken to Keech Hospice, where he has been ‘blown away’ by the level of care he has received,
Tony said: “Although I am unwell I thought I could at least use my time to help with fundraising as Keech is funded on donations.
“My inital view of hospice is that it is a place where people spend a few days and then pop their clogs.
“Within the first day of being here I was made to feel so welcome and to feel like I am a person and not a number.
“This is the best place I could be, I am very lucky to have been the beneficiary of that support.
“I enjoy referring to the staff and nurses as angels.”
Despite the bleak situation in front of him, Tony is determined to use the rest of his time to the best effect.
He said: “Right now I understand where things are going, I can face up to the reality without fear because I have put my mind in a good place.
“I really have no fears about anything so with that in mind my focus is on doing something that will have lasting benefits for everybody.”
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