The Hub on Rye Hill update

The Hub on Rye Hill is looking good but the weather has forced the launch to be delayed.

Work at the Hub on Rye is continuing at quite a pace and despite best intentions and the efforts of a small army of construction workers mother nature has slowed things down with unavoidable delays due to such unprecedented wet weather. However, internally the building is looking very impressive, the ground source heat pump is now installed and up and running. To deal with all the additional surface water an attenuation tank is being installed to alleviate the immediate problem but inevitably the predicted opening ceremony has to be delayed until April.

The striking and unmistakeable logo of the new Hub on Rye Hill

With this new building come new jobs, there are exciting positions now being advertised via the job section of Rye News both in the Hub for coordinators and also for a senior administrator and company secretary. Job descriptions and application details are on the hospital website

The Hub is now able to confirm that the Sara Lee Trust who have been working with the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital for 12 years will be taking up permanent residence within a section of the new Hub on Rye Hill.

The Sara Lee Trust was established in 1996 in memory of Sara Lee, who lived locally and died from cancer aged 32. Today the trust continues to provide essential care and services to people in Hastings and Rother affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, including family members and carers.

Karen Evans and Debbie Jones of The Sara Lee Trust

Each year the trust delivers over 6,000 hours of counselling, complementary therapies and group activities to over 800 local people, including patients of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital where they have a therapy room and provide care on the wards. The trust also provides a large number of home visits for people who are unable to travel to receive their therapies. All services are provided free of charge.

Services manager, Kerry Evans said: “The trust has been working with the Rye Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital for over 12 years and welcomes the development of the Hub on Rye Hill. We are aware that there are many people living across the Rye region who are not accessing essential care and support, which often leads to deteriorating health and well-being outcomes. The new centre will provide appropriate facilities for many of these people. The centre’s purpose-designed therapy rooms will enable the trust to expand its complementary therapy and counselling services in the Rye area for local people affected by cancer and other life threatening illness.”

As the Sara Lee Trust moves towards its twenty fourth year, they are very proud to say they continue to support more people than ever, providing record levels of care where it is most needed. Some of the year’s highlights include:

  • Over 90% of service users reported improved confidence and wellbeing.
  • Almost 80% of service users reported an improvement to physical health
  • Over 70% of service users reported feeling less isolated.

These achievements are a clear reflection of the hard work from the wonderful team at the Trust, which includes a large number of dedicated volunteers. The trust would like to thank each and every one of their supporters whose efforts make a real difference to the lives of many in our community.

For more information about the Sara Lee Trust, please visit or call 01424 456 608.

Image Credits: The Hub on Rye Hill , Sara Lee Ttrust .


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