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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 this and has become more flexible in the people who can be referred for support.  We provide a service to people living in the Hastings and Rother area. Our referrals come from health care professionals and people will be seen either at our therapy rooms in St Leonards on Sea or Rye.

We understand that living with life threatening illness has a ripple effect on those around you and so partners, family members or carers are also able to access therapy and counselling through us. 

How to be referred to The Sara Lee Trust

Referrals need to be made by a health care professional. If you do not have a referral form please telephone us on 01424 456608. 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 criteria. 

Our referrals come from health care professionals such as
  • GPs
  • Macmillan Nurses
  • District Nurses
  • Community Nurses
  • Consultants
  • Physiotherapists

We provide complementary therapy and counselling to:

  • people who are in-patients at St Michael's Hospice including Hospice at Home patients or people who attend Day Therapy.
  • in-patients at the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital.
  • outpatients who will be seen in our therapy rooms at the Sara Lee Centre in St Leonards on Sea and Rye.
  • patients in their own homes. We are only able to offer appointments if people are physically unable to get to the Sara Lee Centre and are assessed as needing a home visit. We have a therapist working in the Hastings and Bexhill area and another therapist who works in the Rye area.
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My counsellor has supported me wonderfully well through some very challenging weeks with the death of my father along with a deteriorating terminal cancer condition. The opportunity to 'talk' has been so helpful and I always return home with new positive thoughts or reflections prompted because of his skills and patience listening to me. Thanks so much. I approached The Sara Lee Trust to get help for my father who is in total denial about his terminal lung cancer. However I ended up having the therapy to learn to cope with my father. The jigsaw of my life is complete now and I cannot thank you enough.

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