The St Helena Hospice Winter Raffle is back and we have 3 great prizes that are sure to brighten up your 2021. Every ticket will be a chance to win big while helping us to continue to support local families facing a crisis - and each ticket only costs £1! You can buy as many or as few tickets as you like. Your tickets with payment need to be returned to the Fundraising Office, Unit 1, The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester, CO4 9AS, by Friday 19th March 2021 to be entered into the draw, the draw will be held on Friday 26th March 2021.
Send your tickets and payment back by Friday 19th February 2021 and you could win a gift voucher for afternoon tea for two redeemable in any Tipree Tea Room. For locations and full terms and conditions please click here.
To enter the raffle and help us continue to provide vital services for our patients and their families please call the fundraising team on 01206 931468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Long-time supporter, Brian Brenchley, plays the Winter Raffle to support St Helena Hospice as his daughter, Lisa, was the first hospice patient. Brian shared Lisa's story and the difference your donation through the Winter Raffle can make.
"I’ve supported St Helena Hospice since day one because I love supporting a cause so close to my heart. A fun way to help St Helena Hospice is to play the Winter Raffle, I hope this year, you’ll play along with me.
It’s now been 35 years since my daughter Lisa was the first patient to stay at St Helena Hospice. She died in May 1985 at just 22 years old with an incurable brain tumour. When I look back, it’s strange to think that at the time of her diagnosis, 18 months previously, St Helena Hospice hadn’t even been built.
"Lisa was a beautiful daughter and we have so many wonderful memories. One thing that has always made me smile, is the memory of one evening, following a small tiff with her mum, Lisa decided to ‘leave home.’ I watched while she got to the corner of our street and sat down on a wall, on a cold and wet November night, only to come back 20 minutes later. She knocked on the door and said she’d decided to leave home on another day - all was forgiven!
It took a while for Lisa to get a diagnosis. It began with headaches when she was 19, which got worse. After an eye test came scans, waiting, radiology, tests, more waiting, and a biopsy - then the incurable diagnosis came.
"It got to a point where we weren’t managing at home. It was completely overwhelming; we were still struggling to come to terms with an earth shattering diagnosis for our beautiful daughter.
It was at that point St Helena Hospice got involved, helping to arrange nursing care at home. It felt like a breath of fresh air, finally. But Lisa continued to deteriorate, she had lost her movement and sight, and as a family we really struggled to give Lisa the 24/7 care she needed.
As soon as St Helena Hospice was able to, they opened their doors to our family, even though they were still finishing the building off. My memories of first going into The Hospice are a little vague but I remember thinking about Lisa being the only patient, worried she would be lonely in a very clinical, regimented, new hospital like setting. I couldn’t have been more wrong; it was homely.
"Walking through the door was like entering into a well-appointed hotel. Everyone made us feel at home, they really couldn’t have done more for all of us. It was a huge relief for us to know Lisa was so well cared for. I remember Lisa the day before her last, making a small recovery, being very happy and laughing and joking with the staff. Lisa was full of fun, even that week she was in The Hospice she was full of fun. When I look back, I often think of what it would have been like if The Hospice hadn’t been there; what would we have done? It would have been unbearable.
I think about how many families St Helena Hospice has now cared for over these past 35 years, and how many they will go on to help. I wouldn’t ever wish what we went through on anybody, but if you have to go through it, you need St Helena Hospice to guide you through. That’s why we’ve supported them ever since they helped us all those years ago. There can’t be a future without St Helena Hospice, it’s why I donate furniture whenever we’ve had a clear out, donate when we can, and it’s why I play the raffle - it’s why I hope you will too. Please play the St Helena Hospice Winter Raffle today, their care is essential and so is your support."
To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email email@example.com , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
To contact the St Helena Retail team, for enquiries about our shops, donation centre and house clearance service please telephone 01206 890 165.
24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360
SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists.
To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU
Telephone: 01206 845 566
You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:
Telephone: 01206 845 566
Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222
You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:
Telephone: 01206 848 163
Fax: 01206 752 245
You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222
Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU
The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466
To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466
For all media enquiries between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please phone the Marketing and Communications team directly on 01206 931 464
If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360
To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560
For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397
To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.
Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566