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Sara Lee believed that anyone affected by cancer or other life threatening illness should be able to easily access counselling and complementary therapy care for free. Sara was lucky to be able to afford this type of care when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer in the 1990s. She benefitted greatly from the care she received, and despite her illness she knew that others werenít so fortunate, and wanted to help.

The Sara Lee Trust was established in 1996, after Saraís death at the age of 32, to help the people of Hastings and Rother receive the high quality care that made such a difference to Sara when she needed it most.

Since then, the Trust has helped more than 7,000 people through delivering specialist counselling, therapies and group activities specifically designed to work alongside medical treatments for cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Today, The Sara Lee Trust supports over 850 people each year, working from St Michaelís Hospice, The Rye & District Memorial Hospital, The Sara Lee Therapy Centre in Sidley, Bexhill, and visiting people in their own homes through its Community Therapy Service.

All of this is possible only with the support of the local community: groups, businesses and individuals who help to raise more than £300,000 per year to keep these services running.

This year, the Trust is launching a special annual celebration day on Saraís birthday, 29th August, to highlight the difference Saraís vision has made across Hastings and Rother. Join the teams at any of The Sara Lee Trustís Charity Shops on the 29th August to find out more about Sara, and share a piece of cake in celebration of this very special lady.

You can also take part by adding to our Sara Lee Bunting at any of the Sara Lee Trustís shops! Find out more by downloading our Sara's Day Bunting Leaflet. We hope to eventually make a flag for every person we have supported since 1996. 


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The support I was given surpassed expectations, especially as it was such a vulnerable time. I like to think they saved me from going through the extreme trauma alone. Family and friends are supportive but having a therapist/counsellor who had the knowledge, expertise and skill appertaining to a life threatening disease was life saving emotionally.

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