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About us

St Helena Hospice helps local people face incurable illness and bereavement, supporting them, their families, friends and carers.

We also help adults in north east Essex who have been bereaved, regardless of how or where their loved one died.

We support members of our community, helping them make their own choices and live with dignity. By focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, we aim to bring comfort and relief to all those who need it, offering the people of north east Essex individual care and total support, regardless of their diagnosis or personal circumstances.

St Helena Hospice is an independent charity, providing our services free of charge. Two thirds of the funding we need to provide our care and support every year is donated by our local community; with a third coming from the NHS. We rely heavily on the help and generosity of our fundraisers, donors and volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t be here.

We all share a common goal: to be here for everyone who needs us, when they need us, helping life to go on in the face of dying, death and bereavement.

By visiting them in their homes, over the phone with our 24/7 advice line, and at the hospice, through all the smiles and all the tears we guide those who need us, because we believe in making every memory matter.

Our ambition

We want more people to have dignity and choice at end of life.

Our priorities

  • Providing excellent personalised care to more people in hospice beds and in their home
  • Helping life go on in the face of dying, death and bereavement
  • Reaching out based on need, regardless of diagnosis or circumstances
  • Empowering people to plan ahead, share their choices and achieve their wishes

St Helena is a member of the North East Essex Health & Wellbeing Alliance, a collective of government, healthcare and voluntary organisations, we work together to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. Find out more on the North East Essex Health & Wellbeing Alliance website

Meet the team

Details of our senior management team and trustees.

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Our heritage

St Helena Hospice opened its doors on 20th May 1985. Behind the scenes, a group of passionate volunteers had been talking since 1979 about setting up a hospice for north east Essex.

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Our lotteries

Our weekly lotteries raise money for St Helena, other hospices and charities across the country.

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Reports and documentation relating to the work of St Helena.

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Service User Group

The Service User Group is a small group of people who have used our services, either as a patient, or family member, carer, or loved one of a patient.

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