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St Helena Hospice

St Helena Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care to local people facing incurable illness in north east Essex, supporting them, their families, friends and carers.

We provide individual care and total support wherever it is needed; at home, over the phone with our 24/7 advice line, and at the hospice.

We also help adults in north Essex to cope with grief following the death of a loved one, regardless of where or how they died.

We reach out to 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.

We rely heavily on the help and generosity of our fundraisers, donors and volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t be here.

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Your support can make a huge difference to local people at the most difficult time of their lives.

 

Why support St Helena Hospice

Every year we care for more than 3,900 local people facing incurable illness and bereavement. 

We’re nothing without you. 

With your support, more local people can live and die well with compassion, dignity and choice. 

Ways to support us
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Over 3,900 local people facing dying, death and bereavement supported every year

3,900

 
 
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45,670 calls to our SinglePoint 24/7 advice line in the last year from people seeking our help

45,670

 

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Latest news, stories and events

 

Firewalk 2022

10/11/2022

19:00

Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt

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TCS Virtual London Marathon

02/10/2022

Wherever you choose!

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Skydive

10/09/2022

Beccles Airfield, Suffolk

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Compassionate Walks

07/07/2022

19:00

St Helena Hospice, Barncroft Close, Colchester

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We just clicked

Naomi and Georgina met in a nightclub and hit it off straight away, falling in love and announcing their engagement a year later. Then a month before their planned wedding, Naomi was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer, and then the country went into lockdown.

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Someone we can lean on

Discovering that hospice support happens in people’s homes, came as a surprise to Ricky and Anne Aldons. Now they have experienced it themselves, they want to share with their community how St Helena Hospice “puts their arms around your shoulders”.

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Walk for compassion and wellbeing

A new monthly Compassionate Walk around Highwoods Country Park, Colchester, is giving the community an opportunity to enjoy exercise and socialise in a safe space.

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Celebrating our nurses

On International Nurses' Day, some of our nurses, clinical support workers and healthcare assistants tell us what they love about being there for our patients and families.

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Hundreds walk Pier to Pier

More than 500 people enjoyed a stroll in the sunshine along the seafront on Sunday 8th May as they walked between Clacton and Walton Piers to raise money for St Helena Hospice.

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Conversations with my family

Tom is being supported by St Helena Hospice through counselling and by our hospice in the home team. With his family, Tom has had frank conversations about the future and the importance of being in a good place to die.

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What matters most at the end of life?

Dr Karen Chumbley remembers talking to her father about his choices for end of life care.

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These boots are made for walking

On Sunday 8th May hundreds of walkers will be heading to the seafront to take on St Helena Hospice’s popular Pier to Pier walk – the charity’s first mass participation fundraising event since 2019.

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Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend

Get into the fundraising spirit this June and join us in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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St Helena Hospice and St Elizabeth Hospice launch Hospice Education programme

St Helena Hospice and St Elizabeth Hospice have announced a new learning and development partnership through the launch of their joint programme, Hospice Education.

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St Helena is growing community services in Tendring

St Helena Hospice is growing its Hospice in the Home services in the Tendring district, with 1,890 patients and families facing incurable illness and bereavement being cared for last year (April 2020 to March 2021)

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Untold help and advice

After we supported ‘A’, his wife wanted to help reassure people who may be in need of support from St Helena too.

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We listened to mum's wishes

Josephine Gunnee made sure she grasped every opportunity, and being diagnosed with a rare cancer didn’t stop her from going out with friends and spending time with her family

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People's Princess Visit

Diana, Princess of Wales officially opened the Joan Tomkins day centre on 26th April 1988, where she captivated patients, hospice volunteers and staff.

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Virtual Ward was invaluable

Christmas ended abruptly for Hazel Forster last year when her husband of 46 years was rushed to hospital after collapsing with a suspected stroke on Christmas Day.

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Getting to know what makes that person whole

Emma Collins is a community clinical nurse specialist with St Helena Hospice.

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Caring in lockdown

Just as they were adjusting to life in lockdown in April, Doris Blunden’s family encountered a further blow.

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Life is what you make it

Pauline and Jim Lawrence had 57 happy years together, enjoying their time spent out on the barges.

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Helping families go on living

When Sally Brunton’s community clinical nurse specialist (CNS) suggested she may benefit from relaxing Reiki sessions with our complementary therapists, Sally went along so it would give her husband Andy some respite.

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Time to be a family

After watching his 24 year old big brother Robin go from being fit and healthy to living with a rare cancer in less than a year, Toby and his family could now make every memory matter.

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Making choices and memories

When Neil became ill, he was philosophical about it, recording his decisions about his care and end of life choices, and discussing the future with his husband. Pete shares their story.

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Spring brings new life

The bulbs are coming through and you can see it's on its way so you know it's going to come soon, the spring.

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Stories

“Because of COVID, the nurses came in plastic aprons, masks and gloves, but it wasn’t scary because they were so lovely.”

Sandra Flynn

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“I think it’s a real privilege to be a part of a patient’s journey at that point in their life.”

Emma Collins

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“We had a hospital bed in here so we could raise it and lower it and get her more comfortable. We had some really good quality time together”

Jim Lawrence

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“Neil had finally arrived in the safest, best place possible, and we were so grateful they had found a bed for him.”

Pete Buchanan

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“Although it was really sad because mum was in there, we had some fun times. People think you're not going to laugh there but we did.”

Alison Thorpe

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“Having Virtual Ward there to do the morning and evening care, and just there for support if I had any questions or anything was invaluable.”

Hazel Forster

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