Essex Life launches its Charity Of The Year

PUBLISHED: 16:04 10 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:38 20 February 2013

Taking tea

Taking tea

In an exciting new initiative for Essex Life in 2011, the magazine announces its support for the first ever Essex Life Charity of the Year

As 2011 gets underway, Essex Life is proudly launching a new venture that is set to make a big difference to the countys residents. For the first time ever, Essex Life is naming a Charity of the Year which it will support through a series of fundraising initiatives and monthly features to help support the valuable work of a leading Essex charity. So, without further ado, Essex Life

would like to reveal its 2011 Charity of the Year asthe Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Giving free support to cancer patients is the top priority at the Chelmsford-based Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. Founded in 1999 following the death of BBC Sport presenter Helen Rollason MBE, the charity has expanded in the last ten years to provide care for people living with cancer through its network of four support centres and a research department. Counselling, support groups, therapies and manual lymph drainage (MLD) are provided at the charitys support centres, two of which are based in Essex.

The charitys centre in Springfield comprises three treatment rooms, ample parking and a garden, while the charitys Broomfield centre is set in a small house just a stones throw from the chemotherapy unit at Broomfield Hospital. With the aim of creating an oasis of calm and opportunities for specialist care not always available through the NHS, these centres offer reflexology, aromatherapy and Bach flower remedies as well as massage, counselling, MLD and support groups. All the therapies offered are free of charge and have proved invaluable to cancer patients lives.

But Helen Rollason Cancer Charitys commitment to beating cancer and its impact on those that suffer from the disease spreads much further, as it part-funds an extensive cancer research programme which is also based in Essex. With support from Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, a team of scientists work on a number of studies into cancer at a laboratory based at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. The lab has published a number of academic papers since opening in 2003 including a major breakthrough in the battle against breast cancer which featured on the front page of top oncology journal Clinical Cancer Research in 2009. The Chelmsford team identified a protein found in cancerous breast tissues which was not found in healthy breast tissues.

In addition to all this, the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity also part-funds oncology research nurses who care for patients on clinical drug trials at Broomfield Hospital. The nurses provide cancer patients with access to treatments which may be licensed but are not yet available on the NHS. In the last decade, this department has been involved in trialling up to 14 new drugs which are now available on the market including Herceptin and Lapatinib.

For the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity to provide these services it relies heavily on community donations and fundraising events and with this exciting new partnership in place it is hoped that Essex Life readers will be able to further support this very worthy cause.

In focus this month

Tea for Helen raised more than 25,000 for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity last year and it is hoped this special fundraising campaign will raise double that in 2011. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is encouraging people to arrange a tea party in their home, workplace, sports club, school or social club, or anywhere else they choose.

Community relations manager, Angela Lodge, explains: This is your chance to invite your friends, work colleagues or school friends for a cuppa and charge them for the privilege. Tea parties can be as big or small as you like and, whether you raise 10 or 100, every penny will really make a difference to someone living with cancer.Why not enjoy a cuppa and
raise funds for us?

Supporting the Tea for Helen campaign is world-famous Tiptree jam makers Wilkin & Sons. The Essex-based company is providing Helen Rollason Cancer Charity with 500 jars of its Little Scarlet strawberry jam to accompany the campaign. This means Helen Rollason Cancer Charity can sell pots of the Little Scarlet strawberry jam for 1 (RRP 3.45) at the charitys shops in Barkingside, Braintree, Burnham on Crouch, Chingford, Collier Row, Danbury, Ongar, Sawbridgeworth, South Woodford, Wickford and Witham, as well as the charitys cancer support centres and the charity office at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. Then, once youve eaten the pot of jam, wash it out and just fill it up with donations from your tea party before sending it back to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.

What to do to enjoy Tea for Helen

  • Choose a date in 2011 for your tea party

  • Register with the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity fundraising team on 01245 514325 or e-mail

  • Wait for your Tea for Helen pack to arrive in the post, which will include balloons, invitations, posters, a pack of Tetley tea bags and sponsorship forms

  • Invite your guests

  • Enjoy a cup of tea while raising funds for the charity

How you can help in 2011

Throughout the next 12 months, Essex Life will be joining the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity in a number of projects to help support the work of this Essex-based charity. From special events where Essex Life readers can enjoy exclusive days out while helping to raise funds for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity to regular updates within the magazine about the latest things the charity is up to, this is your chance to get involved. There will even be the chance to donate 1 to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity every time you buy a copy of Essex Life, so look out for more details about these exciting opportunities in future issues of Essex Life. Or, why not pledge your support for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity now by making a donation or offering to lend a hand by visiting

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