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St Helena Hospice

St Helena Hospice exists for the patients, families and carers we serve in north east 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 care, or palliative care, means caring for someone rather than curing them. It's also about more than just looking after a patient's medical care and physical symptoms. We aim to help people with their emotional and spiritual needs and the needs of their loved ones. Hospice care can be provided from the day someone is diagnosed with an incurable illness, it's not just for those nearing the end of their life. 

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

Many people think of hospices as a building. Although we have great facilities such as a 15-bed Inpatient Unit  and two Therapies and Wellbeing centres, the majority of our work 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.

Our core 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 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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