The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on everyone in the country, but perhaps none more so than people who are already unwell, isolated and vulnerable. Local people affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses are now finding themselves removed from many of the people and services who support them.
The Sara Lee Trust is helping to provide support and respite for people in Hastings and Rother who may be seriously ill; and their families, friends and loved ones.
The Trust usually provides specialist counselling, complementary therapies and group support; but during the coronavirus crisis had to close down its face to face services.
Now, Sara Lee is instead providing safe, remote support which can be accessed from home. From telephone and video counselling to online yoga and carers’ support groups, The Sara Lee Trust is still there for people who need “A (Virtual) Hand to Hold” at this difficult time.
Counsellor Michael O’Rourke says, “Continuing this service has been met with much appreciation and thanks. It has allowed us to keep working with some of our most vulnerable and isolated service-users, and for them to feel valued and hopeful during a difficult time.”
Thanks to the generous support of our community, from mid-August complementary therapy services have now resumed at The Sara Lee Therapy Centre in Sidley, Bexhill for pre-booked appointments. To keep said services, covid-secure, pre-existing hygiene protocols have been enhanced whilst social distancing measures will now be observed at all times, to guarantee the safe wellbeing of both staff and service users alike.
Services at St Michael’s Hospice and the Rye & Winchelsea District & Memorial Hospital will begin again in the coming weeks.
If you feel you may need the services of the Sara Lee Trust, any medical professional can refer you.