Castle Park in Colchester was home to more than 300 runners, film fans, comic book buffs and superheroes on Sunday 19th March at St Helena Hospice’s Comic Hero Run.

The event saw children and adults of all ages dressed in fantastic costumes including Teenage Mutant Turtles, superheroes, Star Wars and other film characters running 10k, 5k or 1k to raise funds for St Helena Hospice.

Ahead of the event, 73 people registered for the 10k route; 97 for the 5k route and 132 for the 1k route. An extra 33 runners registered on the day.

Wendy Marcon, Events and Challenges Manager at St Helena Hospice, was delighted with the fun run. She said: “We’re so excited that over 300 comic heroes joined us for this super event in historic Castle Park. It was a tremendously successful day and is set to raise in excess of £15,000 for the hospice.

“We first launched the event at the brilliant Invasion Colchester last September and we’re amazed at the fantastic support we have had. So much effort went into all the runners’ costumes, they were fantastic. Thank you to everyone for getting into the spirit of the day by dressing up and having fun. Also a massive thanks to our wonderful volunteers who donated their time and enthusiasm to make this day so great – a heroic effort from all!”

By taking part in the fun run and raising sponsorship, participants helped St Helena Hospice to help local people with an incurable illness to live well and die with dignity and choice. The hospice’s core services are free to patients and their families and carers. The yearly cost of these services is around £8.7million per year and around two thirds of this cost is raised through the support of the local community – that’s around £5.8million a year that the hospice needs help to raise.

Sponsorship money can be paid over the phone by calling St Helena Hospice fundraising office on 01206 931468, or posted to or dropped in Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm at St Helena Hospice, Fundraising Office, Units 1 & 4 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester,CO4 9AS.

Posted: 20th March 2017

Contact Information

To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email , 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