Sebastian's Action Trust wins Pride of Britain AwardBy Becky Barnes
October 29, 2012
A charity set up by a family from Binfield has won a special recognition award and will be honoured at the Pride of Britain awards tonight.
Bagshot-based Sebastian's Action Trust, which was set up by Jane and Michael Gates, from Binfield, was set up in memory of their son Sebastian, who died in 2003, and last night's awards will be broadcasted on ITV this evening.
Sebastian was just seven when he was diagnosed with a Wilm’s tumour – a rare form of childhood cancer – in 2001 and his parents decided to start their charity to fulfil his dying wish.
Twelve days before he died in 2003, Sebastian told Jane and Michael of his dream of a holiday home for families of very ill children to spend precious time together.
Jane, a former teacher, said: “He was going in for surgery so doctors could administer pain relief in his final days.
“In the hospital he spotted a flyer for a summer holiday cottage. He told me, ‘Mummy, that’s no good. We need to build a better one’.”
Jane, 49, and Michael, 53, a retired police officer, channelled their grief into finishing what their son had started.
And the £1.6million purpose-built holiday home, called The Bluebells, opened in North Waltham, Hampshire, in July 2011.
Jane said: “I’m proud it all started because of my son, and his caring nature.”
Pride of Britain will be broadcasted on ITV1 at 8pm tonight (Tuesday).
For more see this week's Bracknell Forest Standard.