Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

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The Helen Rollason cancer charity was founded in 1999 and is the legacy of the BBC broadcaster and fundraiser Helen Rollason.

Helen fought an inspirational battle with cancer much of it in the public eye but died in 1999 aged 43. During her treatment she became aware of the need for more support to be available for those living with the illness. “Good quality of life while coping with cancer is the most important gift a sick person can receive; it should be available for everyone” And so, this vision led to the foundation of our Support Centres in her name.

Our centres offer a free range of FREE support and therapies to help people living with cancer.

We support men and women with all types of cancer at all stages whether newly diagnosed or longer term , throughout treatment and after treatment is completed.

Our support centres in Chelmsford, Southend, Bishop’s Stortford and North Middlessex hospital, London provide a friendly and relaxing environment where cancer patients can go with their families, friends and carers. Clients can talk through and problems and issues and enjoy therapies that work together with their medical treatment and reduce stress.

We also offer a range of extra beneficial activities including including Pilates, Art and Craft Groups, Look Good Feel Better Workshops and Support Groups.



Telephone01245 380719

Mobile07913 734274



AddressYvonne Stewart House
The Street
Hatfield Peverel


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Fancy winning £500 cash while helping to support the charity?

We have recently launched our 2020 Winter Raffle with the chance to win fabulous prizes and a top prize of £500! It’s so simple to play and you will be helping to enable quality of life while living with cancer.  

There are three exciting prizes to be won: 

1st prize – £500

2nd prize – Private Virtual Wine Tasting (Burgundy tasting in your own home, for up to 6 people on a date in 2021 subject to availability)

3rd prize – Winter Tiptree Hamper

Tickets cost only £1 each and the closing date is Wednesday 27th January 2021. 

To purchase your own tickets and be in with a chance of winning up to £500 simply fill in the form below. (Please note payment will be via PayPal but buyers do not need to an account as there is the option to pay by debit or credit card.)

Alternatively you can pay over the phone by calling 01245 380719; lines are open 9am-5pm weekdays.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Marketing Coordinator Holly Butler said “As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and second lockdown we have unfortunately had to cancel many of our fundraising events, which means the charity will suffer a considerable loss of income. 

Of course Covid-19 is still at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. We rely solely on donations, fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating our Support Centres. 

Our Raffle draw is a fun and yet valuable way in which to help our charity enable quality of life while living with cancer. By playing you can help secure the future of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. On behalf of all our clients, therapists, volunteers, trustees and staff thank you in advance of your kind support and good luck!


Covid-19 Lockdown Update 2nd November 2020.

Statement from Helen Rollason Cancer Charity CEO Kate Alden

We will sadly be forced to close all Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Support Centres and Charity Shops on Thursday 5th November due to the new lockdown restrictions which were announced at the weekend.

Our three Charity Shops will remain open this week before lockdown measures come into force on Thursday 5th November 2020. If you could make an extra effort to visit one of our Charity Shops in the next three days or make a donation we would be most grateful; you will find plenty to help keep you entertained over the next month and every penny will count.

Our eBay shop remains open online with a wide array of designer clothing, footwear, accessories, DVDs, CDs, books, homeware, toys and much more; click here to take a look. If you have unwanted items you would like to donate to us to sell on our eBay shop then please get in touch so we can arrange safe collection or drop off. Call 01245 380719 or email fundraising@helenrollason.org.uk – we would love to hear from you.

We have also been forced to make the difficult decision to cancel our Christmas Gift Market due to the new lockdown restrictions. Our Fundraising Team will be busy contacting stall holders and people who have purchased tickets over the next few days. Please note all ticket holders costs will be fully refunded. We are disappointed to have had to cancel our event but we will be back in 2021.

Our counsellors will continue to support their clients remotely and we will resume our welfare calls to touch base with clients to let them know we are thinking about them as we did during the last lockdown. We have also created a directory on our website of other agencies and organisations that could provide additional support to clients during this second lockdown; click here to view. We are determined to continue supporting those living with cancer during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We will shortly be releasing tickets for our Winter Raffle with the chance of winning £500 cash and other fabulous prizes. Check back on our website soon for more details.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas cards are for sale online; with lots of festive designs to choose from there is something to suit all tastes and at £3.95 for a pack of 10 they are a bargain too – click here to purchase yours today.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters during these difficult times; we are having to adjust again to doing things differently and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

I’d also like to thank our fantastic team of Volunteers, who have stepped up to the mark to re-open our Charity Shops and Support Centres and keep them open over the last 4-5 months.

Of course Covid-19 is at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. On average 1,000 people in the UK will face a cancer diagnosis every day and 450 others will die. Please help us support them, both now during this time of unrest, and in the months and years to come.

Thank you.

Kate Alden, CEO.

Charity Christmas Cards on sale now!

Get into the Christmas spirit by purchasing our Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas cards which are on sale now! Available in our Charity Shops, Support Centres and online. With lots of festive designs to choose from there is something to suit all tastes and at £3.95 for a pack of 10 they’re a bargain too!

Click here to purchase yours today!