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How therapies may help

At the Sara Lee Trust we want your experience to reflect your individual journey. We understand that you are unique and your experience of living with serious illness will be personal to you. You may not have tried complementary therapies before, so we will take time to talk with you and find out how you are feeling and discuss ways the team at The Sara Lee Trust can help support you and your family.

Complementary and Creative Therapies are used in our context in addition to rather than in place of orthodox treatments to help with improving quality of life.

The SLT considers that the main purpose in the use of these therapies is as outlined in the National Guidelines for the Use of Complementary Therapies in Supportive and Palliative Care (2003) p.39 & 47 namely that they may:-
  • promote relaxation
  • alleviate anxiety
  • reduce depression
  • alleviate symptoms such as as breathlessness, pain, nausea, fatigue, poor appetite;alleviate side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • improve sleep patterns
  • reduce stress and tension
  • reduce psychological distress/provide emotional support
  • improve well-being and quality of life
  • help live with an altered body image.
Counselling can help the person explore and express their concerns and feelings and may help them find their own choices and solutions in a safe, accepting and confidential atmosphere.
ďThe therapies I have received give me respite from sleeplessness, offer pain control, destress, calm and relax meĒ ~ Jo Phyall


Therapies Available

Therapies Available The Sara Lee Trust - Therapy Services A registered charity, The Sara Lee Trust was set up in memory of Sara Lee who died aged 32 after a two year battle with cancer. 21 years on, the Trust continues to improve the lives of people with cancer and other life-threat...
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Our Patient Charter

Our Patient Charter Our policy is to support and protect the fundamental human, civil and legal rights of patients and their families. There is equal access to our services regardless of the patient/family memberís age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith, social class, disability or other...
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Who we provide a service to

The Sara Lee Trust, providing a service  When the Trust was originally set up, in memory of Sara Lee, itís role was to support people who had a terminal diagnosis. Over the years, medicine and treatments have advanced, and people are living much longer with life threatening illness. The Trust ...
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Referrals to Sara Lee Trust

How to refer Referrals need to be made by a health care professional.  While we understand there are many people that would benefit from access to the services we provide, we do have a clear referral criteria and sadly we are not able to see people if they do not meet this. You can download ...
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Sanctuary Days

Sanctuary Days These days take place once a month at venues in rural Sussex, and provide an opportunity for relaxation, group support and personal reflection to people living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Each Sanctuary Day is a little different, being tailored to the needs o...
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Natural Rhythms

Natural Rhythms Group This weekly session combines group support and creative therapy in a natural setting for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The group is sensitively facilitated to encourage sharing and personal reflection. Participants are invited to slow down and enjoy...
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Home Visits

Home visits We understand that getting to our therapy rooms may be difficult, so we have developed a home visiting service to ensure that all those who are assessed as needing complementary therapy at home, are able to do so. We call this our Community Therapy Service. Being able to offer a therapy...
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What is NACTHPC?

National Association of Complementary Therapists in Hospice and Palliative Care ( NACTHPC)? Many complementary therapy services are formed as part of the local hospice but The Sara Lee Trust is unusual as we are a completely separate Charity to the local Hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea. Very early...
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Our Therapists

Therapists at the Sara Lee Trust We want you to get the most from your visits to us, to really relax and allow yourself time. As well as ensuring that the therapy rooms are cosy and comfortable we want you to be assured that our therapy team is made up of highly skilled, qualified and experienced p...
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Our Therapistís Pledge

The Therapists working within the Sara Lee Trust pledge to: Use their knowledge and experience in the best interest of each and every patient referred to them. Work closely with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and any other persons who may be involved permanently or from time to tim...
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What is Shiatsu

Find out more about Shiatsu  Written by Therapist Gabriella Agular.  Shiatsu , meaning finger pressure, is an ancient Japanese healing art, still relatively unknown here, and a little difficult to define because it draws from so many different sources and disciplines, from Chinese ...
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Patient Stories

Jeanís Story Today I woke up as usual with a headache, worrying will my roof cave in with the rain, will the windows stay in as the wood around it is rotten, have I got enough money in the bank for the bills and the mortgage? You know your everyday worries.. Then the pain set in my back, legs, arms...
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