Holly’s words

On the 4th of January Holly Butcher from Grafton Australia lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people, at the age of 27. Before she died, she penned a letter which she asked her family to post on her Facebook account once she was gone. The message includes Holly’s moving insights as a 27-year-old woman forced to confront her mortality, despite not having done so many things she’d hoped and planned to do.

We are so moved by Holly’s words we have included them on our web site & encourage everyone to read them. 

It is really the little things that matter. Our act of kindness page shows the many ways we try to make a difference to people’s lives & urged everyone as Holly did to donate blood regularly. Receiving blood donations allowed her to live for an extra year

Holly wrote that we should be more mindful with money, and spend it on things that make other people happy rather than more stuff for ourselves.

“It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end, when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress.

“It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives,” she said.

“Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding … take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give or buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.”

Lateness is something that irritates a lot of people, and Holly insightfully summed up why that is — because it shows disrespect for the other person and their time, which is limited.

“Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are s*** at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate. You will gain respect too.”

She also came to the realisation that documenting your life for social media dilutes the power of the moment while you’re actually living it.

After seventeen years in the business we know teaching in the classrooms of London even for a short time can be the most rewarding both personally and professionally. 

Just simply having a go and enjoying the moment for what it is makes it the most rewarding experience.