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


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.


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


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


We opened our Chingford Charity Shop on Old Church Road.


We opened our South Woodford Charity Shop on George Lane.


We opened our Sawbridgeworth Charity Shop on Bell Street.


We opened our Wickford Charity Shop on the High Street.


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


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


We opened our Ongar Charity Shop on the High Street.


We opened our Witham Charity Shop on Newland Street.


We launched our very first Vintage Fair!


We opened our Danbury Charity Shop on Maldon Road.


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


We launched our very first Christmas Fair!


We launched our very first Ride for Helen!


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


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


We celebrated our Witham Charity Shops 10 year anniversary.


We launched our very first Rural Ramble!


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


We opened our West Essex Support Centre at LeisureZone in Harlow


We opened our North Essex Support Centre at Colchester Hospital


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


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