Greg Corcoran has packed up his tent, stocked up on Kindle books, and has started his solo 1100 mile fundraising walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. His epic three month adventure will take him through beautiful countryside, averaging around 20 miles a day using both digital navigation and map in hand. Greg explains:

I love paper maps because I like to see the bigger picture. I’ve always wanted to do a long distance walk, although I’m not necessarily a keen walker! I know roughly the route I’ll take but I imagine things will change along the way.

I’ve taken a six month sabbatical from work so for the other 3 months I’m going to go off travelling to recover. I want to go to every country in the world before I die – and there’s a lot of them out there! I’m not sure exactly where I’ll be going but I’ll have three months of walking to decide.

My brother’s wife died at the Hospice and my nieces always said how much they loved it there and value the support they had as a family when their mum was ill, so I’ve always said if I’m going to do anything to raise money for charity, I’d do it for St Helena. It was a difficult time, so the Hospice was like a blessing for them.

I am also walking for Macmillan because my dad was looked after by them.

I’ve always wanted to do a long walk and I imagine I’ll be stopping to look at every bee, every flower, every bird that I see.

In my mind I have this idea of bumbling along looking at things but in reality I know there will be hard times when it’s pouring with rain and everything is wet.

I’m quite good at being on my own and I do want to do this by myself but I will be meeting up with friends along the way to walk with me for a stint.

I want to be wild camping as much as possible but will also stop at B&Bs, pubs and campsites. I’m going to try to stay off major roads as much as possible, instead following canals and towpaths or trails such the Cotswold Way, Severn Way, Pennine Way, West Highland Way…

Hopefully I’ll arrive at John O’Groats by mid-August, and if I’m still enjoying it, I may carry on up to the Orkney Islands. I know the weather will play a part in how I will be feeling and I do worry about getting an injury but even if it takes me the whole six months and I have to crawl, I’ll get there!

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