Make a difference
People like you help us every day through regular donationsRead stories Donate
After attending a course on the new discipline of care in a hospice setting, Deidre suggested there should be a public meeting.
It was called for 6th July 1979 at the Town Hall, Colchester.
Deidre and I spoke, along with Dr George Rhys-Lewis from the radiotherapy department in Essex County Hospital, to a full capacity audience. We were amazed that so many people came to this meeting!
We needed to raise funds and the response was enthusiastic because people supported the idea of a hospice. Many came forward in order to form a steering committee and an appeal was launched to raise money.
That was great for us because it meant there were well intentioned, civic minded people in the community who were prepared to do the hard work that was necessary. They worked valiantly, raised the funds.
There was a lot of fear about death but certainly the hospice movement has made huge strides, and I think the public are better aware and better educated about health matters. I’m sure there is still concern but my impression is that the Hospice staff are here to dispel those illusions, and to look after people and make them comfortable and peaceful. The atmosphere of St Helena Hospice is certainly not the atmosphere of the medical ward.
Although Deidre never had the opportunity to work at St Helena Hospice, she was an important figure in its history. I was later invited to be the honorary consultant physician.
It was a great pleasure and an honour to play a small part. What a magnificent institution it is. It’s made so much difference to the lives of people in north east Essex and long may it continue to do so.
Angela d’Angibau was part of the team of volunteers who worked tirelessly before The Hospice opened in May 1985, to create a tranquil garden for people to enjoy and reflect in.View more
Items in basket: 0View Basket
When you make a donation to St Helena Hospice, we are charged transactional fees by other companies, including fees for processing payments made to us, looking up addresses and validating bank account details.
We are very grateful to our donors who offer to offset some of these fees with a minor addition to their total amount. This is however completely optional and we are very grateful for your support whether or not you choose to contribute to processing fees.Close
We are able to claim an extra 25p on every £1 on your donation amount for no extra cost to you, as long as you are a UK tax payer; have paid enough income tax or capital gains tax in that tax year; and are donating your own money. For more information about Gift Aid, please visit www.gov.ukClose