Sebastian’s Action Trust (SAT) was established following the death of nine-year-old Sebastian Gates. At the age of just seven, Sebastian, who lived in Ascot with his family, was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer and sadly passed away in 2003. In the month before he died, Sebastian inspired a fundraising drive to establish a holiday home that would provide somewhere exclusively for families to spend precious time together; away from the rigours of treatment and hospital life.
In 2011, following years of fundraising, The Bluebells - a purpose-built holiday home - was constructed in the Hampshire countryside. Hundreds of families have since enjoyed making precious memories with their loved ones and enjoying the fantastic onsite facilities. In the 15 years since SAT was founded, it has supported more than 500 families of seriously-ill children from Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
“Ascot Racecourse Supports” provided funding for SAT’s “Connecting Families” programme, based at their new outreach and support hub “Woodlands”, in Crowthorne and were delighted to welcome Jane and Michael Gates, Sebastian’s parents and founders of the charity, to recognise all that has been achieved over the last 15 years by naming a race in the Trust’s honour.