Volunteer opportunities

Shop volunteers – Helen Rollason Cancer Charity urgently needs help in our Charity shops especially Witham and Wickford. If you can spare a couple of hours please contact Retail Area Manager Alison Matthews on 01245 380719, or email alison.matthews@helenrollason.org.uk

Witham Shop

Monday am, Wednesday or Thursday am and pm, Friday am and Saturday pm.

Wickford Shop

Monday am, Wednesday pm, Friday am, Saturday am.

Danbury Shop

Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

Burnham on Crouch Shop

Saturday mornings and afternoons.

Latest event volunteer opportunities


Tin Collecting – If you were able to spare a couple of hours on an adhoc basis helping the tin collection team to gather in tins from areas within Essex, Herts, Suffolk or London, then contact the HRCC Head Office on 01245 380719.

Coffee Morning Volunteers – We are looking for people to help at our monthly coffee morning based at our offices in Hatfield Peverel.  The coffee mornings are every third Saturday between 10am-12pm.  Duties would include serving refreshments, selling raffle tickets and tidying away.

Please contact the Fundraising Team on 01245 380719, email fundraising@helenrollason.org.uk or complete the form below if you can help with any of our volunteering opportunities.

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Volunteering at our Head Office

Our Head Office in Hatfield Peverel is always looking to grow our happy group of volunteers. The dedicated team is small and welcomes any supporters able to use their skills to help them. Whether you can help for a full day, just for a couple of hours a week or even on an adhoc basis then we would love to hear from you. Come in and have a chat and a cuppa with us.

There are both office-based and event opportunities such as:

  • office-based admin support
  • office-based event support
  • marketing assistance
  • volunteering at supermarket collection days
  • marshalling at one-off HRCC events
  • promoting the charity at one-off public and private events
  • participating in fundraising activities

Contact us today and see how rewarding volunteering – and using your own set of skills – can be. Please call Suzanne Watson on 01245 380719, or email suzanne.watson@helenrollason.org.uk


Case Study – Bev Lewis
Bev Lewis
I met Helen when she worked for Essex Radio, based in Southend. I became a professional golfer in 1978 and Helen came to interview me about this – obviously a slow week for news! She had trained as a PE teacher, so naturally sport was her main interest. From that interview we became good friends, and it was wonderful to see her career progress to become a presenter for BBC Children’s Newsround and then to become the first woman to present Grandstand on BBC. She was a bubbly character, full of enthusiasm for life, and Nicky – her daughter- was the apple of her eye.
I remember meeting up with Helen for a game of golf in Southend and her telling me she was having blood tests, as she had not been feeling well since coming home from the Atlanta Olympic Games. Sadly, those tests revealed she had cancer and the fight began.

When I visited her in hospital or at home she still remained upbeat and looking for every possible approach to make her life more bearable, thus the Charity was formed. She realised that having treatment in a hospital could be offset by having some complementary therapy to make her feel somewhat better. As we now know, she lost her fight, but the legacy of the charity would really make her so happy that she had been able to help others in the same situation that she had been in.

I retired in 2007, and it was always in my mind to become a volunteer, so I made contact with the charity. My enthusiasm to help was high and so I was taken on. I usually go to the office on a Thursday and input data, mainly the Gift Aid details, onto the computer, do filing, and am happy to do anything that my meagre skills can cope with. I do about six hours a week, and thoroughly enjoy being useful to such a worthwhile cause. Volunteers in all charities gain a lot themselves, we make new friends, enjoy a laugh – most essential, and go home with a sense that in some way you have helped those who need it.

Volunteering at our shops

Do you have a good sense of humour and good communication skills? Can you spare a couple of hours a week?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions we may have an opportunity for you at your local Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Shop. We are looking for Volunteer Sales Assistants to assist with tasks such as:

  • customer service
  • pricing
  • filling and displays
  • till operation – training will be given
Case Study – Jane Harding

I started volunteering for HRCC nearly three years ago after losing my mum to cancer and even though she didn’t use the facilities at Rochelle House, I realised how important a place like that was for people in a similar situation.

I volunteer on a regular basis at Danbury, allowing me to meet a lot of great people; not just other volunteers but our lovely customers who browse and buy!

As well as helping at the shop I have helped marshal the Ride for Helen event and again it’s amazing meeting so many other people. My biggest volunteering highlight has to be the Himalaya Trek I completed last November; a fantastic experience I’d recommend to anyone.

Volunteering for HRCC lets you become involved as much or as little as you want and whatever it is, you know you are supporting people living with cancer. Go on! Give it a try!

Contact us today and see how rewarding volunteering can be. Please call Alison Matthews on 0798 404 9973.