Reg Boulton felt the groups he attended lifted his spirits and made an enormous difference in his attitude towards his illness. Reg’s first experience was at our men’s group, One Day At A Time, which included a visit to Wivenhoe Fire Station for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Firebreak initiative.
Reg, who retired from the army fire service in 1961, enjoyed the chance to reminisce about his days as an army firefighter.
Afterwards he remarked:
“It’s been a change from the normal daily routine. It’s a day’s outing for me plus I’m not sitting looking at the same wallpaper all day long. It’s nice to have the company, get back with colleagues and talk about things I’m interested in; this is my work.
“I enjoy the men’s group, I find it very interesting to hear other people’s views and get information from them. It’s helped me quite a lot. I can walk a bit better now.”
Five months later, Reg was up on his feet dancing to Blondie on the Wii Fit at our Relax and Move group! He recognised the change in himself:
“It’s marvellous. You feel as though you’ve achieved something which is important as you’ve conquered that anxiety from your illness into that position you are in now, so it gives you confidence to go on and want to do more. Every week, you improve.
“I live alone so therefore I have to do things myself and everything I do is an exercise in itself - reaching, stretching, walking, bending.
“It’s all part of the overall exercise of the body which means I can eventually go to bed and sleep peacefully. Before, I was on broken sleep worrying about if I could get up the next morning, so that’s the benefit. It prolongs your life as well. I mean you can’t run but you can walk.”
After Reg died, his daughter Tracey Thomson praised the rehabilitation, physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams involved in the day therapies groups. Tracey said:
“I would like to thank all the team at St Helena very much for what they did for Dad. I know he enjoyed his time at the groups. They really gave him a life line.
“I am so proud of him for what he did with his life and how he helped others.”
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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.
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
You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:
Telephone: 01206 845 566
Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222
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
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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
To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560
For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397
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.
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