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.
Services 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-threate...
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...
Who we provide a service to 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 has responded to t...
Referrals to The Sara Lee Trust 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. ...
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...
Natural Rhythms 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 being...
Visiting us for therapy The Sara Lee Therapy Centre Address: 54 Ninfield Road, Bexhill on Sea, TN39 5BD Telephone number: 01424 547517 Our Therapy Centre is hidden away from the busy main road and can be found behind our charity shop in Ninfield Road. It has a counselling room, comple...
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...
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...
Our Therapists 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 practitioners. ...