Cancer care and support in Crawley - The Olive Tree

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:00 28 November 2014

The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree


Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is difficult, stressful and emotional, both for the patient and for their family and friends

Statistically, one in three of us will develop cancer, but when it strikes close to home it can feel overwhelming. The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

Complementary and Emotional Support Therapies

Complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. We offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki. Emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy

and mindfulness workshops. We also run a number of support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support each other through shared experience.

Additional Services

Our range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, a wig scheme, Look Good Feel Better workshops and the Cancer Survivorship Programme.

Join the team?

The Olive Tree is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and we are always keen to add to our team. Opportunities exist for qualified complementary therapists

and for people with office skills. We are also seeking additional trustees with experience in fundraising, marketing and PR, strategic planning and business.

The Olive Tree receives no statutory funding and relies entirely on the generosity of others. We are extremely grateful to our loyal supporters, but as we continue to expand and support more people, we need to increase our fund-raising efforts.

Pauline’s Story

Pauline was 50 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With her partner Steve she came to the Olive Tree for counselling and acupuncture. Later one of the Olive Tree coaching team helped Pauline negotiate a phased return to work. Two years later the cancer returned and Steve attended an anti-cancer cookery course so that he could prepare the right meals for her. Pauline did well and began to rebuild her life again. 13 months later the cancer was back for a third time and more treatment was offered, but Pauline and Steve, with support from an Olive Tree counsellor, decided that enough was enough. Pauline was 55 when she passed away and had been supported at the Olive Tree for five years. Steve returned to us for bereavement counselling and would like to volunteer with us in the future.


The Olive Tree, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH

For more information please visit or call 01293 534465


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