Sara Lee Trust

Patrons & Trustees


Patrons of The Sara Lee Trust

Professor Karol Sikora MA, MBBCh, PhD, FRCR, FRCP, FFPPM

“Support from organisations like the Sara Lee Centre is for many people a vital component of being healed. There is much we have to learn about the best way to treat cancer but there is no doubt that this approach can be very beneficial." Professor Karol Sikora

Jo Brand,Comedian

"I’m really proud to support the Sara Lee Trust who do a wonderful job.”


The Board of Trustees for The Sara Lee Trust

New Trustees are always considered and if you would like to join our team then please contact our Chief Executive, Dan Redsull (danredsull@saraleetrust.org).

Any skills are appreciated, although we are keen to hear from people with the following:

  • Marketing and social media experience
  • Medical and/or Therapy background
  • Experience in retail
  • Experience of fundraising and the charitable sector


Chairman of the Sara Lee Trust

Michael Lear
"I feel honoured to be the Chairman again of the Sara Lee Trust, a role I held for 2 years from 2013. The work of our therapists, staff, volunteers and my fellow Trustees inspires me in leading the charity into the future, building upon the hard work and achievements of all those who have put their time, energy and commitment to such great effect since its establishment in 1996, in the memory of Sara Lee. I have been a Trustee since 2007, the year in which I became Vice Chair. In 2011 we established the Trust's Trading Company, which I also chair.

The Sara Lee Trust invited me to become a Trustee in order to utilise my skills and experience in business and charity fundraising. I have lived in the Hastings and Rother area since childhood, and trained as an architect, before working in the construction industry for many years. I established successful property development companies at the beginning of this century. I continue to run these companies, while giving a great deal of time to charity.

My goal as Chair of the Sara Lee Trust and of the Trading Company is to ensure the long-term viability of this impressive charity, enabling the therapists and counsellors to continue their wonderful work enhancing the lives of those who struggle with life threatening illnesses."


Vice Chairman of the Sara Lee Trust

Sally Lee MBE 
"As Sara’s mother and a founder of the Sara Lee Trust I feel enormously proud that what was and still is a terrible tragedy in our family life has been turned into something as positive as the service the Trust gives. My daughter always felt that there should be a centre where people suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases could access complementary therapies and counselling, free of charge. We have in some measure achieved this, with the help of our Trustees, staff, therapists and volunteers. There have been so many people during the past seventeen years who have given so much of their time, talents, energy and love to work for the Trust. I continue to serve as a Trustee and look forward to working with my fellow Trustees to bring more of our services to help people like Sara."


Trustees for the Sara Lee Trust

Annie Cryar 
"As a local complementary therapist, Qigong and Yoga teacher I knew about the work of the Sara Lee Trust. I am also a friend of Deborah Kelly, the wonderful facilitator of the Sanctuary and Natural Rhythm days; for a while, Deborah and I ran workshops together in which we explored Shiatsu, meditation and creative arts. When my sister, Joanne was diagnosed with cancer she took full advantage of the therapies, counselling and days of space and peace offered by the Trust. Even now, seven years after her death, words cannot express the depth of the level of the support she received, and what a difference it made to her life and to her death. Becoming a Trustee connects me to her, allows me to give a little something back and sends a message to all those people who have helped, from the person in the street who buys a raffle ticket to the therapists, founders, fund raisers and managers, that their work is truly and deeply significant and appreciated."


Cynthia Chaloner
"Hastings is my home and I have seen how the Sara Lee Trust has grown. Having trained as a hairdresser, my interest in health and holistic therapies grew and I have taken courses in different therapies and seen the benefits of them to people, also within my own family. As I am not practicing now, my aim is to help the Sara Lee Trust reach out to the wider community."


Debbie Hargreaves FCA
"I am a practising Chartered Accountant and have been working at Sellens French since 2001, where I became a partner in early 2007. After studying at Kingston University I was fortunate enough to find a training position in Hastings, my home town, which led to my current position. Whilst at University, I worked within my family's business which taught me valuable people skills and work ethics, which have helped my career immensly. I have worked with a large number of clients from different industries and enjoy the variety of work that I have and continue to have been involved in. Becoming a trustee of The Sara Lee Trust has been a rewarding challenge and my experience as an accountant has been put to great use within the Trust, which I will continue to do as long as the Trust requires me to do so."


Graham Rushbrook 
FRSPH, CSS, AASW
“I am a qualified social worker with experience in both safeguarding and mental health. More recently I worked in the public health system in the NHS leaving a Director post to set up in private practice as a public health specialist. My work has covered the NHS, parish, districts and county councils as well as metropolitan boroughs in London, Birmingham and Manchester. I spent two years at the Department of Health where I supported the development of the health trainer programme and managed the programme latterly in the London and South East regions. I am a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health where I lead the awards programme and provide developmental support. I am a core member of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committee. I live in Sedlescombe and have a house in France which is my biggest project management test to date.  I was drawn to the trustee role as I have family and friends living locally who had spoken highly of the work the Trust delivers and I was impressed by the very close relationship between the ethos, practice and management of the trust."


Jonathon Midgley
Jonathan Midgley is a solicitor and partner at Gaby Hardwicke who specialises in property and private client matters. His late father John Midgley was an earlier Trustee and helped the legal set up of the charity.


Kevin Southon 
"Bexhill-on-Sea has been my home for the past 15 years having moved there from Brighton with my family. My working background has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years, much of which has been spent developing and managing business partnerships. I left financial services at the end of 2013 to follow a different career path. For the past two years I have been working for a Sussex based charity, supporting learning disabled adults into employment in the communities where they live. Having recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Sara Lee Trust, I am very much looking forward to working with the other trustees, staff and volunteers to help continue the support to local people."


Pat Driver
"During a varied working life, I enjoyed a long stint as a news broadcaster on Bahrain TV and Radio Bahrain until 1984 before returning to the UK and family life in London. My appointment as a fundraiser for St John Ambulance in 1992 saw the start of a 20-year career encompassing the full range of fundraising disciplines. I was appointed Head of Fundraising at English Heritage in 2000. There, I worked on projects at some of England's most iconic historic sites, before retiring in 2011. I relished the opportunity to work on capital campaigns such as the restoration of the historic Chiswick House Gardens, to cultivate major gifts and to conceive and deliver high-profile special events. I am proud to have been appointed as a Trustee of the Sara Lee Trust and to take my place with such a talented and committed team of trustees, staff and volunteers, whose efforts are helping every day to support local people in need of our services."


Veronica Goddard 
"I am a retired Registered Nurse, having a background in various specialities, culminating in working in Palliative care for the last 20 years of a 45 year nursing career. During my time as the first Matron of St Michael’s Hospice, I worked with Dr Jeremy Lee, and was involved with him and Mrs Sally Lee during the formation of the Sara Lee Trust, and have been involved continuously since then. I am able to bring not only my professional background to the Trust, but also personal experience as a service user, as my previous husband and I were so wonderfully supported during his final weeks of life."

If you would like to get in touch with any of our trustees, please email info@saraleetrust.org.

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