Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer. Our Support Centres in Essex are vital in helping people living with cancer. The centres offer a range of complementary therapies to patients in an environment of peace and tranquillity, including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and support groups. 

Founded in 1999, the charity is the legacy of BBC broadcaster Helen Rollason, whose vision was:

Good quality of life while coping with cancer is the most important gift a sick person can receive. It should be available to everyone.

- Helen Rollason​ MBE

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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.

All of our locations provide a welcoming and relaxing environment where people living with cancer can go – with their families, friends and carers – to talk through any concerns or just a friendly chat. Our clients can have therapies that work together with their medical treatment and reduce stress.

We offer a range of extra, beneficial activities and groups ranging from Pilates, Art and Craft Groups, Look Good Feel Better Workshops, Yoga, Mindfulness and Support Groups. Contact your nearest Support Centre for more details.

Providing support for cancer patients’ emotional well-being alongside their medical treatment continues to be at the core of the charity’s mission.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity relies on donations, fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating our Support Centres. We encourage donations to continue the work we do.

1991

The Helen Rollason Appeal was launched with the aim of raising £5million for the charity.

2002

We opened our Rochelle House Support Centre in Chelmsford, Essex.

2003

We opened our Chingford Charity Shop on Old Church Road.

2003

We opened our South Woodford Charity Shop on George Lane.

2004

We opened our Sawbridgeworth Charity Shop on Bell Street.

2004

We opened our Wickford Charity Shop on the High Street.

2004

We opened our London Support Centre at North Middlesex Hospital, Edmonton, London N18.

2005

We opened our first Burnham Charity Shop on the High Street.

2005

We opened our Ongar Charity Shop on the High Street.

2008

We opened our Witham Charity Shop on Newland Street.

2009

We launched our very first Vintage Fair!

2009

We opened our Danbury Charity Shop on Maldon Road.

2009

We opened our Hertfordshire Support Centre at The Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth.

2010

We launched our very first Christmas Fair!

2013

We launched our very first Ride for Helen!

2017

We moved our Hertfordshire Support Centre to the Herts & Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford.

2017

We opened our Southend Support Centre at St Luke’s Community Centre, Southend.

2018

We celebrated our Witham Charity Shops 10 year anniversary.

2018

We launched our very first Rural Ramble!

2019

We celebrated 20 years of enabling quality of life while living with cancer.

2020

We opened our West Essex Support Centre at LeisureZone in Harlow

2020

We opened our North Essex Support Centre at Colchester Hospital

2020

We opened our Mid Essex Support Centre in Hatfield Peverel near Chelmsford, alongside our refurbished Fundraising Office

2023

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