The Sara Lee Trust are delighted to hear that they have been awarded National Lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund. A grant of £7,750 was awarded to the Trust to fund their Cancer Aware project, which will provide training for local businesses, families and carers so they can better support people affected by cancer.
Kerry Evans, Lead Therapist for the Trust said: “Our patients have often told us about embarrassing and disappointing experiences of being turned away from beauty salons and spas because they are recovering from or undergoing treatment for cancer. We know that this lack of cancer aware beauty and therapy services can have very detrimental consequences.
The Trust aims to change this with the introduction of accredited training programs designed to help appropriate local therapy businesses develop the confidence and skills needed to provide massage and other therapies to people affected by cancer. The Trust is currently providing the first of these innovative new training programmes to the team at The Rye Retreat
We are also developing short training sessions to help non-therapists (i.e. carers, family members and loved ones) gain confidence in communicating with people about cancer and other life-threatening illnesses; and to provide safe, gentle hand massage. This will address another long standing need highlighted through our patient and stakeholder forums: how to support loved ones when communication is difficult or simply not possible.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to and supported our Big Lottery application. We hope that in the long term these developments will contribute to making our community and local businesses more cancer aware.”