The Tour Players Foundation, the charitable arm of The European Tour, has contributed further support to Sebastian’s Action Trust, the children’s charity which became the Official Charity of the BMW PGA Championship in 2010.
A cheque for £10,800 was presented by Marie Fasth, wife of six-time European Tour champion Niclas, on behalf of the TPF, to Jane Gates, Director of Sebastian’s Action Trust and mother of Sebastian, after whom the charity is named.
Sebastian’s Action Trust provides practical support and respite breaks for seriously-ill children and their families at The Bluebells, the UK’s first respite holiday house. The trust was set up in 2004 to fulfil the dying wish of nine-year-old Sebastian, from Ascot.
The TPF has been a long-term supporter of Sebastian’s Action Trust and in 2010 The Trust was the Official Charity of the BMW PGA Championship, benefitting to the tune of £25,000 to fund equipment for The Bluebells’ sensory room.
Since 2010, the TPF has raised a further £17,000, excluding this most recent donation. The £10,800 presented last week will cover the running costs of The Bluebells for a month, allowing at least eight families to enjoy holidays there and others to benefit from day visits, free of charge.
Mark Roe, Chairman of the Tour Players Foundation, said: “We were overwhelmed by our visit to The Bluebells last year, not just in terms of the facilities themselves, but more importantly by the opportunity that the house offers to families who have children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.
“Sebastian’s legacy has been an ability to help so many families enjoy time together during 2012 and we were only too happy to donate a month¹s running costs for 2013 to ensure that The Bluebells can continue to provide this invaluable opportunity to many more families during 2013.”
Jane Gates said: “We are enormously grateful to the Tour Players Foundation for their magnificent gesture in sponsoring a month’s costs of The Bluebells for 2013. We are so pleased that the foundation is continuing its close association with The Trust.
“As a relatively small charity without any statutory funding we are entirely dependent upon the goodwill of our supporters; without such generosity we would not be able to offer the many forms of meaningful support we have pledged to those families coping with a seriously-ill child or adolescent.”
Can you help the trust, whether as a volunteer or a fundraiser? Please call Sebastian’s Action Trust on 01344 622500 to discuss what you can do.
Sebastian’s Action Trust provides respite holidays and practical support to children and young people with cancer, and many other life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, and their families.
Sebastian’s Action Trust was set up to fulfil the dying wish of nine-year-old Ascot boy Sebastian Gates. Sebastian was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called Wilms’ Tumour at the age of seven. He battled with the disease for two-and-a-half years. Sebastian came up with the idea of creating a purpose-built holiday home for seriously-ill children and their families shortly before he died. The holiday house opened in July 20122 and offers two families each week the chance to enjoy a respite break, free of charge. The house includes two four-bedroom apartments, a games room, home cinema, an indoor spa pool, an art room, a music room, a multi-sensory room and a therapies room.
The Trust also provides a varied programme of practical support to families with a seriously-ill child, which includes transport to and from hospital treatments, wellbeing therapies for tired carers and Sibling Activity Days.
For more information please contact Robyn Harvey at Sebastian’s Action Trust on 01344 622500.