Anderson Charitable Foundation sponsor Helen Rollason Cancer Charity treatment room – official opening! 

 Helen Rollason Cancer Charity were delighted to welcome Anderson Charitable Foundation CEO Mark Anderson, alongside colleagues Jo and Steve Hammond to officially open their Birch Treatment Room at their Mid Essex Support Centre. 

The Anderson Foundation is a charitable foundation linked to the Anderson Group: a construction and development company set up in 1987 by Mark Anderson. 

At 49, Jo, wife of Anderson Training Manager Steve Hammond, was diagnosed with an advanced, aggressive, squamous cell cancer of the bladder. 

Husband Steve said: “The charity has been a huge comfort to us while we have come to terms with Jo’s diagnosis. We are utterly thrilled that the Anderson Charitable Foundation has picked the charity as one to support. 

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity have helped Jo tremendously through a very difficult time, as well as myself. People tend to forget about partners of cancer sufferers who tend to remain on the peripheral of the journey. Supporting a loved one with cancer is the most difficult task I have ever had to endure; a feeling of helplessness whilst trying to remain positive, providing support whilst juggling home life and work is a challenge I don’t wish on anyone.” 

Jo added “The support Helen Rollason has given me has been so beneficial; they provide a personal face to face service which is friendly, welcoming and has an undeniable humanistic approach. The staff have helped me to deal with all levels of emotional support and given me the tools I need to get on with my life.” 

Mark Anderson CEO said; “We are delighted to be supporting Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, a wonderful cause who has supported Jo and Steve through their own cancer journey. Jo has been so strong through this all and it has been wonderful to see the smile back on her face after her treatments at the charity.” 

Kate Alden, CEO of Helen Rollason Cancer Charity said “We are thrilled to be working alongside Anderson Charitable Foundation and thank them enormously for their support. Not only have they sponsored our Birch treatment room but ten other Anderson employees are taking part in the London Marathon this year in aid of our charity! 

We provide complementary therapies including reflexology and aromatherapy, as well as counselling and support groups to those affected by cancer.” 

To find out more about the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity please call 01245 380719 or email 

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