Essex Hospices Mar 2018

New Terrace for St Helena Hospice

St Helena Hospice provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, home and hospital care for people with life-limiting illnesses in Essex. As well as their 15-bed inpatient unit, the hospice also runs two therapy and wellbeing centres and provides education, training and research for professionals working in palliative and end of life care.

The need

St Helena Hospice applied to CRASH for assistance restoring the terrace and paved walkways outside their in-patient unit that had fallen into disrepair so that their idyllic grounds could continue to be enjoyed by the patients, family and friends of the people they care for at this difficult time in their lives.

For patients with life-limiting illnesses, the opportunity to enjoy the tranquillity of the terrace and garden can be beneficial to their symptoms and provide important relief from the challenges their illness puts on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Before & After:

The CRASH solution

CRASH called upon our Corporate Patron companies to help create a welcoming terrace for patients with safe access to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

CRASH Corporate Patrons Arcadis, Argent, and Maylim provided the professional expertise to design and specify the project. Fellow Patrons Forterra, ACO, A-Plant and Buildbase donated bricks, galvanized grates as well as channels, fencing and other essential building materials.

CRASH supporters Townsend Architects assisted the project with professional advice and Marshalls provided construction products.

  • The value of gift in kind support from CRASH Corporate Patrons and supporters came to £9,616.
  • CRASH awarded St Helena Hospice a cash grant of £20,000 bringing the total value of support given to £29,616.

The social impact

“The gorgeous gardens so wonderfully maintained by volunteers has always been used as an extension to the IPU. Thanks to CRASH we have a lovely new terrace that can be accessed more safely and smoothly by patients on beds so that they can enjoy being outside in the garden with their family and friends. The old terrace was very bumpy so it was difficult for wheelchair users to access. Now it is a lovely smooth surface that is safe for all to use and enjoy.”

Karen Causton

Head of the Inpatient Unit (IPU) at St Helena Hospice

“It’s great to have the support of CRASH to transform the terrace. It’s made a massive difference to an area that is used by 300 patients and their families each year.”

Mark Jarman-Howe

Chief Executive at St Helena Hospice

“The gorgeous gardens so wonderfully maintained by volunteers has always been used as an extension to the IPU. Thanks to CRASH we have a lovely new terrace that can be accessed more safely and smoothly by patients on beds so that they can enjoy being outside in the garden with their family and friends. The old terrace was very bumpy so it was difficult for wheelchair users to access. Now it is a lovely smooth surface that is safe for all to use and enjoy.”

Karen Causton

Head of the Inpatient Unit (IPU) at St Helena Hospice

“It’s great to have the support of CRASH to transform the terrace. It’s made a massive difference to an area that is used by 300 patients and their families each year.”

Mark Jarman-Howe

Chief Executive at St Helena Hospice

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