Old Mill Foundation – Holistic Support Centre

In 1998 Sarah and Steve Clark purchased Meyricks Mill, a beautiful 500 year old former flour mill in Penclawdd, where Sarah began a complementary therapy and education centre.

In 2002 when Steve was 42 he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Naturally, Sarah wanted to help Steve as much as possible and although medical intervention was unable to cure Steve, he and Sarah found that holistic therapies such as massage, reflexology and reiki help-ed to relieve some of his symptoms.

She found that being a carer for someone who is dying was an isolating experience, even though she had family around. Steve sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2002.

During the next few months, Sarah came to realise she was in a good position to help others going through a similar situation.  Not only could holistic therapies bring relief to the symptoms, but Sarah was also acutely aware that the carers were also suffering greatly as it is one of the worst things in the world, to watch a loved one suffer. She felt it was important to help them too.

Sarah thought that she and Steve’s experience could be invaluable in helping others. She also knew that the journey didn’t have to be all doom and gloom. There were still good days and happy events for people to share together during this time. Not everybody with cancer will die – plenty of people actually get better, but would love to have some help along the way.

So Sarah decided to set up a charity. She had two treatment rooms she’d been using for her business that she now used for the charity. She started to talk to various serv-ices in the NHS and local groups spreading the word of what she was doing. People started to come along and experience the special blend of care, physical and emotional support, and laughter that the Old Mill has become known for.

Today the Old Mill Foundation helps on average 70 people per month, and receives referrals from local hospitals and GPs. It has outreach centres in Llandybie, near Amman-ford all day on Tuesday and Sandfields, Aber-avon on Thursdays. All therapies are free but donations are welcome as we are self funding.

For further information please visit www.oldmillfoundation.co.uk or call

01792 851553/07801277283


 

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