Meet our very own Terrie Stephens, Macmillan Support Worker
Our monthly spotlight is shining on Braintrust
Virtual cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats
Our monthly spotlight on other organisations who are able to support those affected by cancer.
Monthly Spotlight - Carers Support West Sussex
Move Dance Feel is a project which offers dance to women affected by cancer - helping them to reconnect with themselves.
Unfortunately, we are closed for all hands-on & face to face complementary therapy appointments, counselling and group activities until further notice. However, we are still offering a range of services "at a distance" to support people affected by cancer. Please read the article below for full details.
Although we are currently unable to offer massage at the Olive Tree, have you considered self-massage as an alternative? Beatrice, one of the Olive Tree volunteer massage therapists, has produced some easy to follow instructions for you to try at home. Please see the article below for full details.
One Family Foundation grant of £2,500
Movement for Good Awards open for nominations
OneFamily Foundation – Nominate a Charity to Receive a Grant *NEW*
Freeman Brothers Funeral Directors provide advertising space free of charge
A new challenge for you to raise money on behalf of Olive Tree that adheres to social distancing and current Government Guidelines
Heathers - further support for those affected by Cancer
Sussex Community Foundation £5,000 grant
The Albert Hunt Trust donates £5,000 to The Olive Tree
As it is no longer possible to join exercise or relaxation classes or to book sessions withour therapists due to social distancing, the Olive Tree team will be recording and sharing videos for you to practise at home. Please follow the links in the article below to try the sessions out. We will add more links, both of our own and those of other suitable organisations as soon as we can.
Older Peoples Mental Health Team raise £1,000 for The Olive Tree
Ways Horsham Matters Can Provide Support
Making a real difference to their community
PPAF donates £500 to Horsham Hub
Henry Smith Charity provides £6,500 grant for Olive Tree
We will be running a variety of free workshops in January in Crawley and Horsham this January. The workshops are open to local people affected by cancer and are designed to help deal with the physical, emotional and psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis. Please read the article below for more details of the workshops and the dates, times and locations they will be taking place. These workshops are very popular, so please make sure to contact us in advance to book a place.
It was lovely to welcome Maeve Lynch from the MCKS Charitable Foundation UK to the Olive Tree. Maeve, pictured in the centre of the photo above, presented a very generous £5000 cheque to the Olive Tree. Thank you from everyone at the Olive Tree! The foundation is the charitable arm of the Institute of Pranic Healing UK & Ireland which has run popular Pranic Healing workshops at the Olive Tree Centre in Crawley and the Olive Tree Information Hub in Horsham.
The Olive Tree could not provide its much needed services to local people affected by cancer if it did not have a team of loyal and enthusiastic volunteers. One such volunteer is Dorothy Petersen who has just completed an amazing 20 years' volunteering at the Olive Tree! Thank you to Dorothy and all of our other volunteers; your loyalty, enthusiasm and kindness are much appreciated!
Best of Sussex Community Awards Finalist #BOSCA
Thank you to a team of volunteers from Assurity Consulting Ltd who spent their "Make a Difference Day" working hard in the Olive Tree garden. The team pruned and trimmed mature plants, tided up the water feature, filled hanging baskets and planted lots of bulbs and bedding plants. We are looking forward to seeing what pops up in the garden spring and summer! Pictured left to right in the Olive Tree garden are Tahira, Charlotte, George and Yvonne.
Thank you to Bruce Smith, ICT Site Infrastructure Engineer at Eurovia, who nominated the Olive Tree for an award from the Vinci Trust UK. The funds were used to purchase new therapy beds and other items needed to complete the refurbishment of our treatment rooms as well as paying for 4 therapists to undergo additional oncology massage courses. Bruce is pictured below presenting the cheque to Marilyn Drury, Olive Tree Centre Manager, and Ping Ho who is a volunteer acupuncturist at the Olive Tree.
Dates for your diaries! We have three free workshops coming up soon; Creative Therapeutic Art at the Olive Tree in Crawley on 23rd October, Emotional Freedom Tapping on 12th November and an Introduction to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine on 28th November, both at Horsham Hospital. Please read the article below for more details and for booking information.
Congratulations to 30 members of the Olive Tree Trailblazers running club who competed in the Goodwood Running Grand Prix in the 5K and 10K runs!
We were delighted to welcome Jeremy Quin MP and Nicholas Owen, BBC presenter and Honorary President of the Olive Tree, to our new Information Hub in Horsham Hospital last week.
New Town Karma Presents
Thank you to Taylor Wimpey South Thames for donating £500 to the Olive Tree from the donation box scheme at their Forge Wood development in Crawley.
At the AGM, following the formal part of the meeting, we took the opportunity to celebrate the official opening of the Olive Tree Information Hub in Horsham. We are delighted that we finally have a base in Horsham and would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm, patience and support as we worked hard to locate premises and recruit staff.
Thank you to the RAM Cricket Club who raised funds for the Olive Tree via their charity cricket tournament.
The sunny weather on 28th August set the scene for a therapeutic art workshop which had the theme "Summer". Harpinder Bilkhu, a qualified Transpersonal Art Counsellor, helped participants to create their own works of art taking inspiration from flowers. No previous art experience or any artistic skills were required and the, just enthusiasm and the willingness to "give it a go"!
We are delighted to announce that the Olive Tree Information Hub opened in Horsham on 2nd September. The Olive Tree Information Hub will provide a central point for cancer patients and their families to access information about local and national cancer services and will also offer an opportunity to discuss any help needed with our friendly, caring staff and volunteers.
Congratulations and thank you to National Citizen Service Team 13, a group of young people from Crawley, who raised over £700 for the Olive Tree by organising a quiz night at the Pelham Buckle in Ifield!
It's Volunteers' Week and, in common with the vast majority of small charities, the Olive Tree relies on the contribution of our dedicated, harworking and loyal team of volunteers. So it's time to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you, you are all amazing!
Thank you to Asda and their customers at the Asda store in Crawley for using the Green Token Giving Progamme to rasie £500 for the Olive Tree.
The Songbirds Choir in Crawley has chosen the Olive Tree as one of their two charities of the year and they will be raising funds at various events throughout the year, the first of which is a raffle at their joint concert with Copthorne Silver Band at St Peter's Church, West Green on 19th May at 5 p.m.
Kirsty and Nevil Perryman-Best both completed the Brighton Marathon raising an amazing £1126 for the Olive Tree - thank you both from all at the Olive Tree. Kirsty's report on their epic achievement follows below.
Have you just been diagnosed with prostate cancer? Are you worried that you might have prostate cancer? Then please feel free to call in to the Pelham Buckle pub in Ifield on 25th April, 6.30 - 8.30 p.m., to find out more by chatting to members of the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre's prostate cancer support group. All welcome.
We had some really great news to share and celebrate on Wednesday! There was only one award at the fantastic Crawley Community Awards which could follow the Pride of Crawley winner Gareth Southgate OBE and that was the Achievement award for Marilyn and The Olive Tree! We think it's an incredibly well deserved award and when asked Marilyn said "it's a joy to work with all the team and volunteers and it's so important to offer the care we pride ourselves on for all those who come to the Olive Tree as they have put their trust in us at a very vulnerable time in life". Fantastic for Marilyn to have this recognition for all her hard work and passion and thank you to all who nominated us!
Local couple Kirsty and Nevil Perryman Best will be running the Brighton marathon on sunday 14th August. They are both training hard and we wish them good luck in this grueling event!
The Pillars to Plough is Ifield Chestnut House’s annual sponsored walk from Brighton (Pillars) to Crawley (Plough Inn). The Pillars to Plough is organised primarily in support of three local charities of which the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is one. The full Pillars to Plough is a 20 mile walk, but there are also options to walk 10 or 5 miles so that everyone can be involved. Following the walk everybody congregates at the Plough Inn in Ifield for a drink and a bite to eat; it is an excellent community event.
Lymphoedema is a condition which can affect cancer patients following surgery and/or treatment. This workshop will provide information about the condition. There will also be a question & answer session.
If you would like to join the dedicated, supportive and enthusiastic team at the Olive Tree as a Macmillan Support Worker please read on to find out more about this new opportunity at the Olive Tree.
Join us for a flipping good time at The Horsham Rotary Club Pancake Race
We have added some great new workshops and drop-ins to the usual wide range of therapies and services at the Olive Tree this month including relaxation and kinesiology.
Mayor of Crawley Carlos Castro and his wife Katia Castro joined supporters of the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre for a fundraising evening at Hispalis Spanish restaurant in Crawley. The evening was greatly enjoyed by all present and approximately £900 was raised, all of which will go towards helping the Olive Tree team to continue supporting local people affected by cancer.
A big thank you from everyone at the Olive Tree to Lena Hodge and her friend Sophie for raising funds for the Olive Tree by making and selling Christmas tree decorations.
Fundraising volunteers we need you! We are looking to expand our team of fundraising volunteers so that we can continue to provide our much needed support to local people affected by cancer. Whether you would like to help organise a fundraising event, staff our gazebo at a community event, research and submit grants or liaise with local businesses, there will be a role for you! Please read on to find out more.
Members of the the Olive Tree Trailblazers and their supporters held a "12 Laps of Christmas" event on a very chilly December morning in Tilgate Park, raising £150 for the Olive Tree whilst doing so.
Now in their fourth year, the Crawley Community Awards recognise local people and organisations who devote their time and skills to support others in the community. Nominations for the awards can be made from now until the deadline of 31st January. We would love to be amongst the nominees!
Local party band "Bang Tidy" played a lively set in the big top to fiish off a great fundraising event at Squires Garden Cetnre in Washington.
The Olive Tree will be closed over the festive season
The Olive Tree Secondaries Club celebrate Christmas early with lunch at Goffs Manor in Crawley.
Partcipants in a recent Therapeutic Art sesssion at the Olive Tree produced some lovely pictures based on the theme of Aumtumn colours.
On Wednesday 5th December Bang Tidy, an excellent party band which specialises in covers of rock, pop, New Wave and other classics, will be performing in the Circus Tent at Squire's Garden Centre.
Squires Garden Centre in Washington has chosen the Olive Tree as their charity of the year! We look forward to working with the team at Squires to raise funds for the Olive Tree.
The Olive Tree celebrates 25 years of supporting local people affected by cancer.
It was lovely to have a visit from our Honorary President Nicholas Owen who was enthusiastic to hear about our ongoing work supporting those with cancer and those close to them in Sussex.
Alyson joined The Olive Tree team in November as our official fundraiser and has been a fantastic addition to the team flipping pancakes in fancy dress, organising the Motown night in March in Horsham and completing the Pillars to Plough sponsored walk. Alyson has lots of ideas for further events including a wine tasting event at Bolney vineyard on October 20th.
On 14th April 2019 the Brighton Marathon celebrates its 10th anniversary – AND YOU COULD BE PART OF IT!!! We have 3 charity places available to runners who are committed to raising funds to support The Olive Tree. Please get in touch either by phone on 07434 819637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about booking one of our places.