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

St Helena supporters and railway enthusiasts came out in their thousands to welcome the steam locomotive Tornado to north Essex.

The `Walton Pier Express’ on August 12th was organised by Tendring District Council chairman Mark Platt to raise money for the hospice. After transporting passengers from London Liverpool Street to Walton-on-the-Naze, the loco then operated a shuttle service for rail enthusiasts between Walton and Colchester.

Sightseers gathered on platforms along the route to catch a glimpse of the train, which was also part of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railway in Walton.

One of those on board was the Reverend Peter Edwards, Vicar of Walton. 

“I had hoped to bless the locomotive before we set off but there wasn’t enough time, so I blessed the carriages instead. Some people carried on reading their books, but most people greeted me warmly. Perhaps there is something about vicars and trains. The Rev W Awdry created Thomas the Tank Engine, after all!”

Anne and Richard Brown from Dedham (pictured) left home in the early hours get to London in order to board the train at Liverpool Street Station at 7.15am.

Anne said: “It’s a fantastic way of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the railway arriving in Walton and it brings back happy memories of travelling on steam trains from Manningtree to Newcastle when I was a youngster.

“It’s great that it is all benefitting a wonderful cause like St Helena, which does such amazing work locally.”

Ruth Bendle, Community Partnerships Fundraising Manager at St Helena Hospice said: “We are immensely grateful to Councillor Platt and everyone who has helped him arrange the day’s events. Everyone who has seen or ridden behind Tornado today has had a fantastic time, and the money raised from the day will help us to care for patients and their families living in north Essex.”

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