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A More Cancer Aware Community

A More Cancer Aware Community

The Sara Lee Trust trains Grosvenor House Nursing Home staff to support people at the end of life.

Local charity, The Sara Lee Trust, is known for its work supporting people affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It is now sharing this knowledge with staff and volunteers in various caring and therapy roles to make our community better able to support people affected by cancer and to talk about a topic so often avoided. 

Services Manager, Kerry Evans, explained, “We are aware how challenging it can be for those in caring roles to support people at the end of life, particularly when communication is difficult or simply not possible. Through our training sessions we aim to help care staff develop new skills and confidence, and also to encourage them to look after themselves in this very demanding and important work they do.” 

Recent training delivered has included a 3-hour session to help people in caring roles gain confidence in communicating with people about cancer and other life-threatening illnesses; and to provide safe, gentle hand massage. A number of staff from the Grosvenor House Nursing Home in St Leonards attended these sessions at the Sara Lee Therapy Centre in Bexhill and threw themselves into the training with great enthusiasm.

Deputy Manager, Raluca Ardeleanu, said, ''Attending the training provided by The Sara Lee Trust has proven to be beneficial for our staff and our residents. The residents now have regular hand massage which they enjoy. The staff felt more positive and confident in discussing end of life care and they are looking forward to future training sessions with Sara Lee. Everyone at the Trust has been supportive and made us feel welcomed.''

The Trust team also offer an advanced training for fully qualified therapists to enable them to provide safe and appropriate complementary therapy to people affected by cancer and other serious illnesses.

I have supported The Sara Lee Trust for many years now, and the work they do to support people at a time of great need is so important.

Jo Brand - Sara Lee Trust Patron

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