In 2011 The Bluebells in Basingstoke first opened its doors to families of seriously ill children and has provided much needed respite to over 400 families in the last two years.
An application to build a further family respite centre along with an outreach hub has been submitted to Bracknell Forest Council as part of a larger housing development. This facility would enable Sebastian’s Action Trust to support many more families in the Bracknell area.
Jane Gates, chief executive of the Trust, and mum to Sebastian who died in 2003, is keen to see the centre become a reality; “Sebastian wanted somewhere families could be together, and to open a centre in Bracknell, his home community, would be a dream come true. Many families travel for miles to visit The Bluebells in Hampshire so to have a facility here in Bracknell would make it much easier for those from the Berkshire area”. Antler Homes, who are proposing the housing development, have offered to build the centre on behalf of the Trust.
The Trust supports over 110 families living within ten miles of the proposed site at The Hideout in Bracknell, and more than 450 families spread across the region who would be able to access the support services provided by the Trust.