The Sara Lee Trust

Supporting local people affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

5d2dbb8727a7ade373002f6aSara Lee was a local woman who passed away from cancer in 1996 at the age of 32. She was lucky to be able to benefit from complementary therapies and specialist counselling during her illness and wanted to help others to receive this type of care and support for free.

The Sara Lee Trust was founded in 1996 following Sara’s death and since then, the Trust has helped over 800 people in the local community.

The Trust offers free specialist counselling, complementary therapies and group support activities to people affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses in Hastings and Rother.

Uniquely, The Trust also supports patient’s families, loved ones and carers with access to the same services. The Trust also supports people who have completed their treatment for cancer.

Services are delivered:

  • In specialist therapy rooms at St Michael’s5d2dbbb827a7ad78b7004324 Hospice in St Leonards on Sea
  • In specialist therapy rooms at The Rye and District Memorial Hospital
  • In the patient’s own home, nursing home, hospital ward or other location where they are receiving care
  • From The Sara Lee Therapy Centre in Sidley, Bexhill

All services are designed to work alongside medical treatment to enhance patients’ wellbeing outside of an often intimidating medical setting.

The Trust currently delivers around 6,000 hours of care every year, and supports almost 900 patients per year.

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