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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-threatening illnesses, and their families and carers, in the Hastings and Rother area. We provide complementary therapies, counselling, and therapeutic group activities, all free of charge.

The Trust delivers over 80 hours of therapy care per week to local people, including patients of St Michael’s Hospice, and The Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital, where we have therapy rooms and provide care on the wards. We also provide therapy in the community by visiting patients in their own homes and at our Therapy Centre in Bexhill.

Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

A life-threatening illness can affect your life in many ways, including how you see yourself, relate to others, feel about life, and think about the future. Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help support you through this process. Family members and carers can also benefit from the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings when a loved one has a life-threatening diagnosis. For more information, you can download our leaflets on Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Complementary Therapies

Our range of therapies can help with pain, stress and sleeplessness, and reduce some of the side effects of medical treatment. Therapies provided include:

§ AcupunctureA traditional Chinese practice using very thin needles inserted through the skin at certain points on the body to stimulate energy flow. Download our leaflet for more information.

§ AromatherapyA therapy that uses essential oils extracted from plants for their therapeutic effect. The oils are carefully blended for each individual, and used in gentle massage. Download our leaflet for more information

§ Craniosacral therapy A highly developed sense of touch is used, mainly on the head and tailbone, to gently sense and respond to the movement of cerebrospinal fluid in the body, to encourage healing. Download our leaflet for more information.

§ ReflexologyAn ancient therapy based on the principle that reflexes on the feet and the hands correspond to parts of the body. Massaging these reflexes in a special way helps to restore balance and harmony within the body. Download our leaflet for more information

§ Reiki A form of therapy that uses simple gentle touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of energy in a person. Download our leaflet for more information.

Therapeutic Group Activities

§ Carers’ Support Group Come and meet other carers informally over a cup of tea or coffee. When carers meet in this way, there is often a shared understanding and a lot of common ground. Download our leaflet for more information.

§ Mindfulness Group Mindfulness is increasingly being used in hospitals, schools and workplaces to help manage stress, pain and depression. Our mindfulness groups are for people living with a life-threatening illness and provide an opportunity to meet with others in a supportive, confidential space. Download our leaflet for more information.

§ Natural Rhythms - Our weekly group, Natural Rhythms, combines group support and creative therapy in a natural setting. The group is sensitively facilitated to encourage sharing and group work. Download our leaflet for more information.

§ Sanctuary Days - Once a month, a small group of people with life-threatening illnesses join facilitators and therapists for a Sanctuary Day. These days are designed to create and hold a safe space for personal reflection, group support and relaxation. Download our leaflet for more information.

§ Yoga - Yoga is a form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. In a small group you will learn gentle movements to help with flexibility, physical strength and balance. Download our leaflet for more information.

To find out more about our services, contact our office on 01424 456608 or email To be referred for our services please speak to a health professional responsible for your care (e.g. nurse specialist, GP or consultant). They will need to complete a referral form, which can be found on our Referrals to The Sara Lee Trust page. 

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