Why we're raising money...

St Helena Hospice

St Helena Hospice

(Registered Charity No. 280919)

St Helena Hospice exists to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people with life-limiting illness, no matter what their diagnosis. They are here to support families, including children, before and after bereavement and to support people from every background and faith who need their services.

They are a registered charity providing specialist and holistic care for anyone living in North Essex and parts of Mid Essex who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. All services are free of charge to patients and their families and delivered by the highly qualified teams of specialists including nurses, doctors, physio and occupational therapists, social workers, complementary therapists, counsellors and a chaplaincy team at any stage of the illness.

These services are provided through their Inpatient Unit in Colchester and two Day Centres based in Colchester and Clacton, as well as in people's own homes through the Hospice Nurse Specialist team and Hospice at Home service.

The Hospice also has a specialist Education Centre, an approved collaborative partner of Anglia Ruskin University, promoting skilled and compassionate palliative care through training and education up to Masters Degree level.

St Helena Hospice Inpatient Unit is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visit the St Helena Hospice website

Charities: CoHoC

Colchester Hospitals Charity

(Registered Charity No. 1051504)

CoHoC helps Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) do more for the patients cared for by the Trust's staff. There's often a new piece of equipment, more up-to-date technologies, and newer fixtures and fittings that will improve the patients' environment. It's these extras - some small, some large - which are above and beyond the scope of the NHS budget, that really make a difference to patients, and the care that the staff can deliver.

Colchester Hospitals Charity is one of more than 400 registered charities in the UK associated with NHS Trusts. Together these charities contribute £400 million each year to their hospitals. Their aim is not to fund patient care but to enhance and improve it - providing grants to projects and that are over and above those served by government funding.

The Trust prides itself on giving 21st century healthcare for a 21st century population. It provides services to the 370,000 people of north east Essex and cancer services to a further 300,000 people in mid Essex. The Trust's services are available at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital as well as clinics at the community hospitals in Clacton, Harwich and Halstead. In 2009/2010 the hospitals dealt with 381,414 Outpatient attendances, 72,354 Accident and Emergency patients, 77,274 Inpatient and day case admissions and delivered 3,947 babies!

Donations are spent exactly where they were intended to be spent and put to the best possible use. CoHoC is made up of over 80 funds that encompass all areas of the Trust.

Visit the CoHoC website