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Major gifts

St Helena Hospice believes everyone living with an incurable illness has the right to live and die with choice, compassion and dignity. Families deserve to be cared for and anyone coping with loss should be supported through their grief.

Our vision is to create a community where everyone knows that at the end of their life they will be cared for and die where they choose to be; where loved ones have the opportunity to make the most of life together, surrounded by a community that cares and supports one another.

By donating a major gift you have the power to make an incredible impact on your community and the end of life care and bereavement support available for local people.

There are many different projects and services that may be of interest to support. Please contact Lianne Keen lkeen@sthelena.org.uk to discuss these opportunities further.

A large group of St Helena nurses smiling in the hospice garden.
Dr Ramesh Thulavavenkateswaran

Trusts and grants

Grants from charitable trusts and foundations are an important source of income for St Helena Hospice and make such a difference.

By funding both new projects and countless hours of our core services, grants enable us to continue providing high quality care to local people facing incurable illness and bereavement across north east Essex.

We are hugely grateful for every grant we receive and the impact that support has on our ability to continue to provide our services to our patients and families when they need us most.

Some of the trusts we have been fortunate to receive support from over the past few years include:

Colchester Catalyst

 Fowler, Smith and Jones 

Charles S French Charitable Trust

The Childwick Trust

Essex County Council

Essex Community Foundation

The National Lottery

Heritage Lottery Fund

St James’s Place Foundation

Essex Youth Trust

The Hospital Saturday Fund  

Hiscox Foundation

The Lesley Mary Carter Charitable Trust 

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Wakeham Trust 

Colchester Borough Council

Colchester Fire Station  

Oak Foundation

The Colonel JD Sherwood Charitable Trust 

Tesco Bags of Help

John Walter Wynne Charitable Foundation

The Albert Hunt Trust

This list is not exhaustive.

“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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“My role here is to help people find peace in the journey and before they die.”

Vickie Peters

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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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