SOME of the people currently receiving complementary therapy, treatments, and support offered by the Sara Lee Trust say the benefits to their wellbeing and quality of life whilst dealing with serious illness has been incredible.
Cherril Lawless, 53, has stage four cancer, and over the last year and a half has had a number of treatments at the Trust including reflexology, acupuncture and cranial sacral therapy which Cherril says really helps her deal with her illness, adding: “When I come for treatment I’m feeling pretty low - not in a good place.
“When I’ve had my treatment I end up having to go home and go to bed because I’m so relaxed. It helps me to re-adjust and I know there’s somebody out there caring for me, I feel this is really important.”
Cherril said, without the Sara Lee Trust she doesn’t know how the local area would cope.
Gina Baker from Hastings has also had a range of treatments at the Trust’s therapy rooms based at St Michaels Hospice and at Sanctuary Days in Powder Mill Woods. Gina, 68 said its helped her tremendously whilst undergoing medical treatment for breast cancer. Of the Trust she said: “It gives you time to relax, to get your mind together and to process things. All these treatments here helps to give valuable time just for me. I very much believe in complimentary therapy and looking after your psychological wellbeing.”
Shelly Wills, 56, started receiving treatments at the Sara Lee Trust 6 months ago shortly after she began chemotherapy. She said: “I felt immediately that this was a place that I could relax and let go of some stress as well.”
Aromatherapist Sarah Geall has been with the Trust for just over 11 years. She supports the therapy team and is the first point of contact for people who are referred to the charity for treatments. Sarah says hundreds of people from Hastings and Rother have been helped since the Sara Lee Trust’s inception. “Last year we helped around 400 so if you multiply that by the 17 years the Trust has been running, that’s a lot of people.”
Anyone wishing to be considered for any of the treatments offered by The Sara Lee Trust must be referred by a healthcare professional. Visit the website at: www.saraleetrust.org