Margaret and Les had a very special day on Sunday 17th February when they renewed their wedding vows of 65 years in front of their family and Hospice Chaplain Vickie.

Margaret beams with pride when she says:

“It was unexpected to the last minute; my children did me proud. I could sit and tell you about my family for weeks, for years.”

Margaret and Les had a lovely day with family:

“My grandson flew over from Spain for that. My other grandson came down from Sheffield with his parents; my daughter is a palliative nurse there. My granddaughter came down from York. I’ve got a lovely family, lovely family.

“Everybody was crying. My great granddaughter wanted to know why everybody was crying and her mummy told her people cry when they’re happy, cry when they’re sad. Even my son shed a lot of tears and he doesn’t normally – I think he’s getting quite soft in his old age!

“My daughter in law got a cake for me. I had some wine.”

After 65 years, Margaret has some words of wisdom for a successful marriage: “My husband and I have never really had a bust up. Never go to work on an argument, never go to bed on an argument, because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Margaret wrote a note which says: At St Helena Hospice everybody is so loving and caring right from the doctors, the nurses, kitchen and cleaners, they are one big happy family.

She explains further:

“I treat this place [the Hospice] like one happy family. Nothing is too much trouble. I love it here.

“And when my time comes I want to die in here. I’ve been in hospital 10 different times; I’ve had a quadruple bypass, brain haemorrhage, two hips. I nearly need new knees so my husband says ‘we’ll buy you new ones, wooden ones’ and my reply was ‘if you do that sure as fate they’ll be full of woodworm!’

“They are so good here. I was watching one of the nurses the other night, I call her sergeant major, but she is so, so caring. I’ve got nothing but praise. I know I’m safe, it’s gorgeous here.”

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