Referrals: 01206 890 360
The Hospice: 01206 845 566
Fundraising: 01206 931 468

A team of staff from The Gilberd School, Colchester, are preparing to shimmy round the town for St Helena in memory of their friend and colleague, Lynn Love.

The group of around 15 men and women have signed up for St Helena’s Midnight Walk which is taking place on Saturday 11th May, to support the local hospice who provided care and support for Lynn and her family after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016.

Vicky Evans, HR Assistant, at The Gilberd School, said: “We’re taking part in the Midnight Walk again this year in memory of Lynn who worked here with us for many years.

“We first did the Midnight Walk two years ago, after Lynn was diagnosed with the brain tumour and we all wanted to support St Helena. 

“As a school we are very grateful to St Helena for the care and support that they have given in the past and continue to provide to the local community and to our school community.

“Many of us have got personal reasons for taking part. We want to raise awareness for the amazing work that St Helena do and want to help them raise funds to ensure that their valuable work continues to benefit so many.”

Rebecca Litton, Assistant Headteacher, at The Gilberd School, added: “My mum’s partner was recently cared for at The Hospice, and the treatment there was incredible. It was just so calm and dignified.  

“It’s great to be able to take part in events like this to support St Helena and to ensure that their valuable work continues to benefit so many.”

Men, women and children aged 11 and over are invited to join the Midnight Walk and can choose to walk either 4.5 or 9 miles around Colchester. Everyone is asked to raise sponsorship and all the money raised goes towards helping local people face incurable illness and bereavement, supporting them, their families and carers. 

Team Gilberd is taking on the 9 mile route and after dressing up for the photo today, are looking forward to the event. 

Vicky said: “It’s really well organised and a great atmosphere. Last time we took part, we had people who didn’t want to walk it, so they volunteered as marshals instead, cheering us on as we went around, and that was great because it felt like they were part of it too. It’s emotional, but it’s amazing! 

Rebecca continued: “When we did it with Lynn, when she stepped over the finish line, it was truly emotional. We all took it in turns to push her around, but at the end she was determined to walk over the finish line herself, with a bit of help. She really enjoyed it.”

Both the 4.5 and 9 mile routes pass the memory stop and everyone will have the opportunity to place a personalised tag on the special memory tree with a message to those they’re remembering and walking for. 

Registration is £10 per person for the first 500 people signed up and will then increase to £15 per person. 

All walkers are asked to try to raise a minimum of £50 each in sponsorship. Everyone who raises over £250 in sponsorship will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 tickets to see Craig David at Castle Park on 2nd June, kindly donated by Liz Hobbs Group Limited. 

To sign up for the Midnight Walk, please click here

You can sponsor Team Gilberd by visiting their JustGiving page here

To get tickets to see Craig David at Castle Park, please visit

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.


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