Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


The charity has been in existence for 28 years and at the current location of Crawley Hospital for the past 8 years.
Cancer currently affects 1 in 2 people in the UK population.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is difficult, stressful and emotional for the patient and those around them. The Olive Tree aims to provide a range of services to support all from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond into survivorship, in fact for as long as people need us.
The Olive Tree is a place where patients and carers can come and meet and speak with others who understand and can help. The average current age range is 12 to 91 years old both male and female.
These services can include:
Emotional support – Counselling, hypnotherapy and art therapy which deal with the emotional impact. They also have a successful coaching programme.
Complementary therapy - A wide range of therapies as part of the Centre’s holistic approach to cancer care. These therapies complement orthodox treatments, promote a feeling of well- being and help relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Information – they do not provide clinical/ medical information but rather that concerned with finance, benefits, returning to work and travel.
They also have a full programme of additional activities, educational speakers, courses and workshops.
They are very busy! In an average month they provide approximately 200 appointments of complementary therapy, 35 appointments of counselling / coaching and 40 individual appointments providing information. They are receiving an average of 25 new referrals per month from local GPs and the oncology teams at Crawley and East Surrey Hospitals.
All services are provided by a volunteer workforce.
Last year 24% of our clients travelled from the Horsham area to access services at the Centre. This year they are on target to reach 30%.
Horsham currently has very little support available for cancer patients even though there are a greater number of people receiving a cancer diagnosis in Horsham than in Crawley.
This section estimates the potential demand for cancer support services in Horsham. In the absence of 2016/17 cancer data, this study assumes that the 2014 cancer statistic is relatively similar to 2017.
The population of Horsham as of 2017 is 136,828. Using the cancer statistic of 2014, there were 1257 cases of cancer in Horsham. Currently, only 26% (187 clients) of Olive Tree clients are from Horsham, despite the higher number of cancer patients there.
In March 2017 they had a pop up shop for 3 days, in Swan Walk, Horsham. There were 72 visitors during the 3 days and many of them were patients who find the journey to Crawley too difficult due to their condition.
They are currently negotiating a lease on a small commercial unit in Blackhorse Way, Horsham and they hope to take possession in early November, opening in January 2018. They require planning permission to make some internal modifications so that they can provide counselling and therapeutic care of cancer patients and their families living in the Horsham area.
This is an enormous step up for a small, local charity, particularly financially. They rely totally on the generosity of the general public and organisations to provide the funds needed to progress their work.
More specifically they will need funds to create the ambient environment that our clients will require.
Internal modifications - £12,000.
Essential furniture, lighting and soft furnishings for a counselling room - £5,000.
A therapy room with adjustable couch and other necessities - £7,500.
Reception facility and IT station - £5,000.
Further furniture and equipment for the information area will be required.
They will also be paying commercial rent, so quite a sizeable investment that will be funded originally from reserves followed by a fundraising campaign focusing on the Horsham area.
We are applying for the full £5,000 from this application.

Project Video

Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

I have been following the work of this organisation for 5 years, since the devastating diagnosis of a close friend with breast cancer and laterally secondary bone cancer at 34 years old. The support provided by the Olive Tree, has been vital to my friend and her family during this difficult time.

Location: Horsham