Samantha Cameron welcomes Sebastian’s Action Trust to Downing Street to celebrate 10 years of success
On Tuesday 21st October, over 100 supporters, service-users and volunteers of Sebastian’s Action Trust were welcomed to a reception hosted by the wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs Samantha Cameron, at 10 Downing Street.
The reception was a chance for the Queen’s Award winning charity to celebrate the successes of their first 10 years working with seriously-ill and life-limited children and their families, whilst also sharing ambitious plans for the next 10 years. It was also an opportunity for the Trust to unveil its launch of the third stage of its campaign for a much needed counselling and therapies suite at its award winning family respite holiday home, ‘The Bluebells’.
The Trust was delighted for Mrs Samantha Cameron to host a reception in Downing Street and used the exclusive opportunity to thank guests for their continued support and generosity, as well as introducing its exciting plans for the next decade and beyond including the development of the Wellbeing and Therapies Suite at its purpose-built respite holiday home, The Bluebells.
It was particularly exciting for a number of the Trust’s young service-users to attend and tell Mrs Cameron about their involvement in the development of a new Sebastian’s Action Trust Youth Council. The Council will provide them with an opportunity to put forward their views and aspirations both to the Trust and to the wider health community.
Jane Gates, CEO for the Trust said, “It seems entirely fitting that this celebration should bring us to Downing Street as it was here that Sebastian enjoyed his last day out before his death nine days later. A decade on from the launch of Sebastian's wish, The Bluebells currently remains the only facility of its kind in the UK- a place where love, laughter, joy and living can be savoured by families who need specialist amenities to address their child's complex health needs, at a time when for some, opportunities to spend time together as a family may be running out.
Planning permission has been sought and approved, building regulations passed and now the small matter of securing the final £85,000 of the £223,000 construction costs is all that stands in our way. We are confident that through individual, corporate and community support this sum will be achieved and we hope that Mrs. Cameron might even come to visit The Bluebells once our project has been completed.”
The event also coincided with the launch of the Trust’s 10th year anniversary book, ‘From one little boy’s dream...’ The book gives readers a chance to hear personal accounts from families that have been supported by the Trust over the past 10 years, as well as happy and reflective memories from trust supporters, patrons and trustees.