June to face her fears to help others

A former nurse is aiming high and facing her fears to help the NHS where she has been both a member of staff and a patient.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 3:20 pm
June Parsons with family friend Caroline Jackson.

Former nurse, June Parsons, 55, from Billingham, retired from Middlesbrough’s The James Cook University Hospital in 2014 after 35 years working in the NHS.

Diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in June 2015, June has bravely undergone a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy treatment.

Now she is undertaking the Zip World Velocity, Bethesda – the longest zip slide in Wales on Tuesday, May 31, to raise money for the radiotherapy and oncology department at James Cook‘s Star fund, which benefits cancer patients and their families and assists with future developments to help patients.

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Intrepid June is also going to help Breast Cancer Research.

Keeping June company on her challenging adrenalin rush is family friend Caroline Jackson and niece Farrah Jackson.

June said: “The care, treatment and service I have received has been out of this world. I wanted to give something back to thank all the staff for being so fantastic.

“This is a massive trial for me – I chose to do a zip slide as I am petrified of heights and I wanted to do something that would really challenge me and be exhilarating.

“I am a bit apprehensive as I have never done anything like this before, but I need to do something new and exciting if I am asking people to sponsor me.

“I would be grateful for any support as I know it will make a real difference for the patients and families.”