Miles of Hope

Sign up for Miles of Hope to help Naomi virtually reach her dream honeymoon destination of Mexico.

Naomi Roberts has terminal bowel cancer which has spread to her liver, lymph glands and left lung.

After postponing their wedding in April 2020, shortly after Naomi’s original diagnosis, and due to covid restrictions, Naomi and her partner of 10 years, Georgina, got married in February 2021.

The newlyweds had hoped to travel to Ciudad del Carmen in Mexico for their honeymoon. While they are no longer able to do so, we want to help get them there in spirit, so we are asking our supporters to sign up for a new virtual event, Miles of Hope.

Our goal is to collectively cover 5,321 miles, the distance between St Helena Hospice and Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico by walking, running or cycling over the month of April.

It is free to sign up and we are asking all participants to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship. Raising £50 in sponsorship could support someone like Naomi facing a crisis needs in the depth of night with a visit from a SinglePoint nurse in their home.

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Recently Naomi stayed at The Hospice for a second time to help manage her pain. She is also being supported at home by nurse Debbie, and the SinglePoint team, and is receiving counselling from Linda, and Lead Chaplain Vickie.

When speaking about The Hospice, Naomi explained “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. I just liked the fact that they liked to have a joke and a laugh, and that it was a less formal environment. It wasn't clinical, it was a nice environment.”

“I've never been, but we were going to go to Mexico for our honeymoon.

"Unfortunately, that's not going to happen now, but before I was diagnosed, that's where we were going to go. We were looking forward to just enjoying their food, the surrounding area, the beaches, the sunshine, the massages. We were going to go and just totally relax really, so it wasn't really an exploring holiday, it's more of enjoying the weather and the beaches really.

“If the lovely people could support St Helena Hospice by getting us all virtually to Mexico, my dream destination, with their walking, running and cycling, that would be amazing!”

You can read Naomi's full story here. 



How it works:

  1. By clicking the sign up button below you will be taken to GivePenny. Here you will be able to create your own fundraising page, set your own goals, track your distance, collect sponsorship and see how close #TeamStHelena are to reaching our 5,321 mile target.
  2. Once you have created your fundraising page it’s time to start tracking your miles. You can do this manually on GivePenny or download the Strava app to your smartphone, or compatible device and create a free account.
  3. Once you have a Strava account you can connect it to the Strava widget on your GivePenny fundraising page.
  4. Once connected, every time you record activity within the Strava app it will automatically update your GivePenny page.

So, you’re all set up – what now? Now it’s time to get sponsored! Let your friends and family know you’re taking part and share your GivePenny page. Sponsors can choose to make a one-off donation or sponsor you per mile!

Now it’s time to start racking up the miles! See how many miles you can cover between date and date by walking, running or cycling.

Before signing up please take a moment to read our Terms and Conditions.

Please be aware, anyone signing up for this event must be 18. Anyone under the age of 18 must be registered by an adult/guardian.

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Contact Information
Fundraising

To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email fundraising@sthelena.org.uk , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

Retail

To contact the St Helena Retail team, for enquiries about our shops, donation centre and house clearance service please telephone 01206 890 165.

SinglePoint

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.

The Hospice

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

Hospice in the Home

You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Colchester/Halstead team
Telephone: 01206 845 566

Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222

Day Therapies

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

Human Resources

The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Finance Team

To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Volunteer Services Team

The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Media Enquiries

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

Patient Referrals

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

Bereavement Support

To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Learning and Development Centre

The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560

Service User Group

For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397

Facilities Hire Enquiries

01206 851560

Lottery

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.

Comment, compliment or complaint

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