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

Email[email protected]


AddressYvonne Stewart House
The Street
Hatfield Peverel


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Four-legged furry friends invited to our very first Family Fun Day and Dog Show!

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity are teaming up with the prestigious Essex Dog Training Centre in Brentwood to host our inaugural Family Fun Day and Dog Show on Sunday 22nd September 2019!

As well as all the have-a-go dog-classes and agility challenge we have lots of other stalls, activities and plenty of food so you and your family can make a real day of it. 

Join us in the dog show arena where you can enter your dog into as many categories as you wish, including best puppy, best rescue dog and dog that looks most like its owner. Later on you can browse our range of stalls; from dog accessories, pet food suppliers and beds, to jewellery and cake stalls; you’ll find a whole host of trade stands for our four-legged furry’s and their owners.

A huge thank you to Roy Dyer MBE for allowing us the opportunity to hold our first charity event at the Essex Dog Training Centre; this event is designed to be a more light hearted dog event for families and couples or individuals wishing to enter their pet dogs as opposed to a more formal dog show. 

HRCC Family Fun Day and Dog Show is for dog owners, enthusiasts or just families looking for a great day out. Come along with your dog or just come along; you don’t need a dog to attend; we’d love to see you there!

Adult entry £3 and children 16 years and younger £2; To book your tickets click here or call the fundraising office on 01245 380719.

Supported by

Attending Trade Stands

Dogs Owners Gift Store
David Islip Photography
The Bag Bar and More
Devil Dood Direct
What A Melt
Doggie Moggie Doodah
Judes BeWitchery
Purrfect Barking Homemade Pet Treats
Monkey Snuffle Mats/Ellie & Finns Party Club
Benji & Co International
The Cheese and Pie Man
Sunnyfields Honey
PM Art and Design
Pandas Pantry
Snow White catering
Woofles Limited
The Hot Food House/German Sausage House
Candy Kings
Bombshell Bakes
Crepe Heaven
Doggie Delights Market Nights
Kids Be Happy /Sand Art
The Horsebox
Purrfect Creations

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Cycle London to Paris for HRCC

Jump into the saddle and cycle from capital to capital for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity!

Take part in this challenging but rewarding bike ride, cycling 300 miles from London to Paris over 5 days. Starting in London, the route will take you through the beautiful Kent countryside, past the famous white cliffs of Dover, and across the channel to Calais. You’ll follow the river Somme out of the historic town of Abbeville, towards the iconic city of Paris, where you’ll finish beneath the Eiffel Tower.

Day 1
London to Calais; After registration we set off early to avoid the main hustle and bustle of the London traffic. It’s not too long before we’re past the outskirts of London and hitting the countryside of Kent. It’s a long cycling day today but upon reaching the port of Dover and seeing the famous white cliffs, there’ll be a great sense of achievement. Wethen board the ferry to Calais and have dinner whilst on board. Upon reaching Calais, it’s just a very short push onto our hotel where we have a well-deserved rest and get our heads down for the night. Cycling distance –approx. 86 miles.

Day 2
Calais to Arras; Following breakfast at our hotel we leave Calais behind us, remembering to stay on the right! We begin cycling on smooth, flat roads for approximately 10 miles, before we start to pull up towards our first water stop. The route then becomes more undulating as we cycle through the French countryside up to our lunch stop. Some small climbs after lunch bring us to a gentle descent into the beautiful medieval town of Arras, one of the prettiest towns in northern France, where we check into our hotel. Cycling distance –approx. 82 miles.

Day 3
Arras to Compiègne; After breakfast, we continue with our cycle and head south through the Region of the Somme and its WWI battlefields – rolling, green meadows studded with the many war memorials and cemeteries of the First World War.Following traditionally French, tree-lined avenues, we approach our next overnight stop in Compiègne. Since 1968, Compiègne has been the starting place of the“Paris-Roubaix”, the most famous French cycling race after the Tour de France. Cycling distance –approx. 76 miles.

Day 4
Compiègne to Paris; The final day of our European cycling adventure! Our last day in the saddle sees us leaving Compiègne riding through the beautiful forest surrounding the town – it was in this forest that the 1918 Armistice was signed.Our route then continues through pretty towns and villages towards the outskirts of Paris. Cycling is the national sport of France and it’s not uncommon to see locals cheering and waving us on. We cycle through the hustle and bustle of the Parisian streets until we reach the Louvre where we stop tore-assemble. We then ride as a group up the majestic Champs Elysées to our finish line at the Champ de Mars, looking back at the Eiffel Tower! This evening we toast our achievements at a celebratory dinner. Cycling distance –approx. 67 miles.

Day 5
Paris to UK; After breakfast at our hotel, we are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. Take a trip up the Tower, visit the renowned Arc de Triomphe or famous Notre Dame Cathedral, or simply soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafés – the choices are endless! In the early afternoon, each participant will be responsible for getting themselves to Gare du Nord in order to catch the Eurostar back to England. Bicycles will be transported back to London by our crew in the support vehicles and will be waiting for you on arrival at the starting point, ready for you to continue your homeward journey. (Please note, this is a complex itinerary and subject to change)

For more information or to register your place click here or call 01245 380719.

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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vintage Fair at Cressing Temple Barns!

A record number of nostalgia-seeking families flocked to Cressing Temple Barns on Sunday 30th June for the HRCC Vintage Fair – raising over £15,000 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity! The annual event is one of the charity’s flagship fundraisers and attracts visitors from around the region looking to enjoy a day of live entertainment, classic cars, music, dancing, stalls and much more.

It was smiles all round as crowds reveled in the glorious sunshine while watching live music from The Harmonettes and The Kingsmen, as well as Jive dancing from LJ’s Dancing. Meanwhile children were kept entertained with a variety of crafts, games, ice creams and even pie throwing, courtesy of the UK Pie Party.

There was plenty of opportunity for shopping with independent traders selling a selection of vintage clothing, crafts, jewellery, collectables, upcycled items, accessories and food. Hair and beauty experts, HairRaid Shelter, also proved popular, offering visitors a chance for a vintage make-over.

One of the major draws of the event was the vast selection of refreshment options on offer. Foodies were able to enjoy gastronomic treats and tasty drinks from the likes of Moley The Little Drinks Van, The Hog Shed, Tipsey Grey Ltd, The Giggly Pig Company, Twisted Cider, Cheese & Pie Man and Lavender Blue Vintage Teas.

Vicki Butcher, organiser for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity 2019 Vintage Fair said: “It was fantastic to see so many people coming along to the 10th anniversary of our Vintage Fair to enjoy themselves while supporting our charity. The fair has been a great success and looks set to have raised over £15,000 which will go towards supporting those affected by cancer in Essex, London and Hertfordshire. We would like to thank all of our visitors, stall holders and volunteer helpers for making it such a great event.”

[See image gallery at www.helenrollason.org.uk]

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