Work starts on Sebastian's vision
Published 12 Jul 2010 09:00 0 Comments
Artist's impression of The Bluebells.
A DREAM of a courageous young boy has been realised as construction begins on the UK's first holiday home for seriously ill children.
Sebastian Gates lost his fight with cancer in December 2003 aged nine but before he died he envisioned a haven where families and loved ones could spend quality time with their ill children away from the pressures of hospital treatment.
The Bluebells, a purpose built holiday home in Hampshire, was Sebastian's dream and his family and friends have worked tirelessly to achieve his goal since his death.
Jane Gates, Sebastian's mother and director of Sebastian's Action Trust, said: "Creating a unique holiday home for seriously-ill children and their families has always been the primary aim of the Trust.
"We've battled for six-and-a-half years to get to this point and we're absolutely delighted to be able to say that building work has actually begun."
Work started on Monday June 5 and the home will open in May 2011. It will enable more than 100 families each year to enjoy a holiday in one of its four-bedroomed self-catering apartments plus a hydrotherapy pool, games room, home cinema and a multi-sensory room.
Visit www.sebastiansactiontrust.org for more information.