Sidley shop and therapy centre
Councillors Maurice Watson and Jim Carroll officially open the Trust’s charity shop in Sidley and launch the charity’s Sidley Therapy Centre Development Appeal
The Sara Lee Trust is an independent local charity which has for over 20 years been providing specialist counselling, creative and complementary therapies and therapeutic group activities to people in Hastings, Bexhill and Rother who are living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. We are also the dedicated provider of those services to patients of St Michael’s Hospice and the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital. The charity receives no statutory funding for its core services which are totally reliant on public support and fundraising.
The Trust currently operates six charity shops across Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill, the proceeds from which form a vital part of our annual income and were delighted that Councillors Maurice Watson and Jim Carroll ‘officially’ opened our latest shop at 54 Ninfield Road, Sidley and at the same time, launched the Trust’s Sidley Therapy Centre Development Appeal.
The Trust is pleased to announce the purchase and proposed development of a freehold building in the centre of Sidley. The building will house the new Sara Lee Trust Therapy Centre and will enable the Trust to provide easy access to our specialist counselling, complementary therapies and therapeutic group activities for people in Bexhill and its surrounds. The Trust is the only provider of these specialist services in the area.
The new Centre will meet the needs of local people who are living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, with support offered to their families and carers also. This development will address a number of long-standing barriers to accessing essential support and care within Bexhill and its surrounds. Our Centre will become a community hub where we aim to increase awareness of our specialist services, increase the number of referrals from health professionals and ensure positive outcomes for patients.
The new Centre will be disability compliant and will provide a private counselling room, calm and welcoming therapy rooms and tranquil therapeutic gardens as well as adequate parking.
We now appeal to local residents and businesses get involved and support our new Therapy Centre and help to raise the £120,000 needed for its development. We aim to start the refurbishments and fitting out of the new Centre in autumn 2016 with a proposed opening date of summer 2017.
If you would like to get involved in any way, whether it is through donations, holding events, and sharing information, please get in touch. Call us on 01424 420264 or go to our website www.saraleetrust.org.