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Every gift, large or small, makes a difference to local people in need of hospice care and bereavement support.

Because of you…

St Helena Hospice would not be here without the generosity and support of local people like you. You are the reason more people across north east Essex can receive the specialist care, compassion and dignity they deserve, right to the end of life.

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“What made it different is the people were in tune with how you might be feeling, so they'll go out of their way to spend time to try and reassure you, to sit and have a bit of a laugh with you.”


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£50 could provide the care and support a family in crisis needs with a home visit from a SinglePoint nurse



£23 could provide pain and symptom relief to a patient at home from a community nurse



£10 could provide a patient staying at the hospice with nutritious home cooked meals for a day


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Other ways to donate 

  • Pay by cheque payable to St Helena Hospice and send it to the Fundraising Office at Units 1&4 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS
  • Pay by card over the phone to the fundraising team on 01206 931 468

The difference you are making

Your donations are making sure more local people have dignity and choice at the end of life. Thank you.

More than 3,900 local people facing dying, death and bereavement supported every year



37% of our funding comes from the NHS, the remaining 63% comes from our amazing, generous supporters like you



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

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

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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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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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