On Friday 23rd January 2015, Dr Phillip Lee MP for Bracknell showed his support for local children’s charity, Sebastian’s Action Trust, by officially opening their bookshop Bas Books.
The Queen’s Award winning charity celebrated the re-launch of its popular Bas Books store in December 2014, after closing its doors in May 2013 to make way for the town centre regeneration.
Bas Books continually brought in more than £20,000 a year which was used to support local families of seriously-ill and life-limited children.
Jane Gates OBE, Chief Executive Officer for Sebastian’s Action Trust said, “We are delighted that Bas Books has re-opened after originally opening its doors in April 2007. We have been inundated with people generously donating books and we are extremely grateful to have the support from our local community.
We were delighted to show Dr Phillip Lee around Bas Books as he played an instrumental part in our campaign to bring back the bookshop. After giving Dr Phillip Lee an update about our charity, I was also thrilled to present him with our 10th anniversary book, which he said was inspirational”.
Dr Phillip Lee MP said, “I am very pleased that BAS Books has been able to reopen in Bracknell town centre and that I have had the privilege of cutting the ribbon. Sebastian’s Action Trust helps so many families in the area and that is why I supported the campaign to bring the bookshop back to the centre of Bracknell. It is excellent news that Bracknell will continue to benefit from the positive impact BAS Books has while Bracknell undergoes regeneration works”.
Dr Phillip Lee cut a ribbon to officially mark the opening of Bas Books. Jane Gates OBE gave him a tour of the bookshop and told him more about how the funds were going to benefit local families of seriously-ill children. Dr Phillip Lee met with a Bracknell family who are supported by the Trust.
Helen Barnett, Head of Communications and Marketing for Bracknell Regeneration Partnership added, “BRP is delighted to have helped Bas Books to re-open in Bracknell town centre. Sebastian’s Action Trust does a fantastic job for supporting local families and the income from the bookshop enables this work to continue”.
Bas Books is open Monday-Saturday from 10.00am until 4.00pm and is located on the second floor of the Princess Square shopping centre. All funds raised will help Sebastian’s Action Trust continue to walk alongside families of seriously-ill children from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.