​Fundraising in Lockdown

Fundraising in Lockdown

St Helena Hospice has been overwhelmed by the support from the local community and their amazing fundraising efforts.

Since the UK went into lockdown, so many local people have been raising money for St Helena Hospice in a variety of ways.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is continuing to support their local hospice in any way they can – whether it’s challenging yourself and asking for sponsorship; holding your own virtual fundraising event; sponsoring somebody; or donating to our Urgent Appeal.

If you’re fundraising for us, we’d love to hear about it – pop us a message on Facebook or email us at news@sthelena.org.uk

Here are just a few of examples of what local people are doing to support St Helena Hospice:

Sunflowers for St Helena

Tom Phillips began growing sunflowers 5 years ago to sell to family and friends in Brightlingsea where he lives. He decided to donate a percentage of the money he made to charity.

Tom's father told us that "donating to St Helena Hospice was a natural choice for him as they took such good care of his Grandfather, Colin Brown who sadly passed away in 2002. Tom is 13 years old, so wasn’t able to meet his Grandfather, but when we talk about him we always tell Tom what great care he and the family received during his time at the hospice and as a result it is close to Tom’s heart.

"Tom has continued to grow sunflowers and has now enlisted the help of his younger sister Jessica. This year, because of the pandemic he decided to give sunflowers away to anyone who wanted one and asked them to make a voluntary donation (only if they wished to do so) to the Hospice.

“We are very proud of him." and so are we! Thank you, Tom

£1,000 for 1,000km

Kevin Petch is doing a combination of walking and cycling to clock up 1,000km over 6 weeks, and he has set himself a target of raising £1,000 – that’s the distance from London to Marseille!

Kevin said: “I like cycling and I do an average of 12,000 steps a day to keep some kind of fitness, so I set myself this challenge.

“I’m supporting St Helena as my wife works there as a bank nurse and I have had family and friends spend their final days at The Hospice.”

You can see how Kevin is getting on here: https://www.facebook.com/donat...

DJ Pete in the house

Kate Dawson and her son, Peter, aka DJ Pete, have been staging a live disco in their lounge over Facebook.

They play requests for people in return for a donation to charity.

They’ve held two successful events so far, raising money for both St Helena Hospice and the NHS.

Kate said: “Lockdown gave us the idea. My son, Peter, is really getting into his DJ-ing. We did one just for fun, then people suggested we did it for the NHS, which we did.

“I’ve always supported St Helena Hospice and fundraised for them, so we did another disco and raised £1,035 for the hospice. It’s a good idea as it’s sociable for those listening in.”

Hairless for St Helena Hospice

Eleanor Toohey decided to brave the shave to support St Helena Hospice.

With an original target of £500 – Eleanor has smashed that, raising more than £3,000!

Eleanor said: "I was quite nervous at first, but it’s only hair right? There are people going through much much worse.

“My sister works there as a grief counsellor and what she does is totally amazing. However, it is only going to get harder for them to reach all the people they need to. Family members are being lost every day in the most tragic and traumatic circumstances and in the coming months they will be busier than ever."

You can find Eleanor's JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fun...

Freya’s extended 2.6 Challenge

7 year old, Freya, was so happy with the donations and support she got from running 2.6km on 26th April 2020 that she decided to extend her challenge and run or cycle 2.6km for another 4 days!

She finished her challenge with a 2.6km run on Thursday 30th April ending at The Hospice car park where she was welcomed by staff and volunteers cheering her on (from a distance!).

Freya has now raised £600 – smashing her original target of £50!

2.6 Tennis challenge

Angela and William were inspired to do a 2.6 Challenge of their own, playing Tennis for 2.6 hours to raise money for St Helena Hospice.

Angela said: “I do the Your Hospice Lottery but haven't done any fundraising for the Hospice before. It is such a worthy cause and we never know when we may need your services.

“We are very lucky to have our own tennis court but I am unable to play with my usual friends at this time. We usually play twice a week. So I persuaded my husband, who hasn't played for 10 years, since he had a new hip, to join me in doing our own tennis marathon for 2.6 hours on Sunday morning, when we would usually be sitting watching the London Marathon on the TV.”

Angela and William raised nearly £2,000 from their challenge.

The Meeks Bakery

Lizzie Meeks was inspired by our A-Z of fundraising and decided to hold her own bake sale.

The Meeks bakery raised £235 in one weekend!

Darcy’s and Stanley's 2.6 Challenge

9-year-old Darcy and ten-year-old Stanley completed a 2.6km bike ride to raise money for St Helena Hospice with their parents, and raised £70.

Darcy sent us a little note saying: “I just wanted to write a quick email to say thank you for everything you do and to say thank you for helping people like my great nanny.

“I have done your superhero run before and yesterday me and my brother did our own sponsored bike ride (2.6 challenge) to help raise money for your charity- we managed to raise £70.”

Running Colchester 1,000km challenge

A group of 140 adults and children from Running Colchester, completed 274 runs, including with a treadmill marathon and a driveway marathon!

Their aim was to run 1,000km between them over 7 days from their homes, either in their gardens, living space or driveways – with a target of raising £3,000 for St Helena Hospice.

They clocked up a whopping 1,168 miles in the end and have raised over £6,500 in the process!

If you're inspired by these fabulous fundraisers, would you consider fundraising for St Helena Hospice?

We've got everything you need to fundraise virtually for us - click here to find out more 

Posted: 7th May 2020

Contact Information

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.


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.

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


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