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St Helena Hospice

St Helena Hospice exists for the patients, families and carers we serve in north east Essex and the colne valley area of mid-Essex as well as for those who will need our support in the future. We help local people with an incurable illness to live well and die with dignity and choice.

Hospice and palliative care is about ‘care not cure’ and supporting the ‘whole’ person; not only does this focus on patients' medical care and physical symptoms but also their emotional and spiritual needs and also the needs of their loved ones. Hospice care can be provided to people from the point of their diagnosis with an incurable illness, it doesn’t just have to be for those who are nearing the end of their lives.

Some of these illnesses could include things such as cancer, AIDS and diseases at a progressive stage like motor neurone disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart, lung or kidney disease.

Many people think of hospices as a building. We do have some great facilities such as a 15 bedded Inpatient Unit  and two Therapies and Wellbeing centres but the majority of our work actually takes place in the community, supporting people in their own homes.

We also run the St Helena Hospice and NHS North East Essex bereavement services which offer support to any individual in the area who has experienced the death of a loved one, not just those who have been in contact with the hospice.

All of St Helena Hospice services are free for people to access. The cost of running our hospice is around £8.7 million a year. More than two thirds of this cost is raised through the support of the local community; people like you.

We also have a specialist Education and Research Centre, an approved collaborative partner of Anglia Ruskin University, promoting skilled and compassionate palliative care through training and education up to master's degree level.

We are proud to work by our hospice values:
  • Respect - Always considering others 
  • Working together - Finding strength in teamwork
  • Passionate about hospice care - Caring in all that we do and provide
  • Appreciation for all - A thank you matters
  • Valuing conversation - Taking the time to be excellent communicators

St Helena Hospice a company limited by guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No 01511841. Charity No 280919

Registered office: Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9JU

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