A helping hand to The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017

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Our South Thames team has donated £250 to The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, a voluntary group which supports people affected by cancer, as part of its donation box scheme. The Centre, which is located in the grounds of Crawley Hospital, was selected by visitors to its Westvale Park developments in Horley, who voted for them as South Thames’ worthy cause - part of its monthly charity initiative.   for its monthly charity initiative, which asked visitors to its Westvale Park development in nearby Horley to vote for their chosen worthy cause.

The Olive Tree is an independent charity providing a range of support to cancer patients, their carers and families, including information, emotional support and complementary therapy, as well as coaching, singing workshops and social events. 

Marilyn Drury, Support Centre Manager, says: “Without the generosity of people and companies like Taylor Wimpey we would have disappeared a long time ago. We are totally self-funding and don’t receive any statutory funding at all, so we have to raise everything we need. Almost everybody here is a volunteer – in fact, we have 85 volunteers who provide all our services, which is amazing. We are blessed with the most committed and able group of people.

“The benefit our services bring is huge – if people seek out support to complement their clinical treatment, it’s well documented that they respond better to treatment, recover more quickly, have better mental health – they benefit in all sorts of ways. So a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for this donation.”

Susan Joseph, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are delighted to be supporting the fantastic work of The Olive Tree, which plays such an important role in the local community supporting people with cancer and their families.This donation is all part of our commitment to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes.”