TVH funds Bracknell charity for seriously unwell children

Thames Valley Housing (TVH) has funded a local charity which provides support to extremely ill children in Bracknell Forest, through its Community Chest.

Sebastian’s Action Trust offers support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families across the country. They’ve created the UK’s only holiday retreat facility called The Bluebells.

TVH has funded a Community Befriender who will offer care to families suffering from the stresses of hospital life. The charity was set up by Jane Gates in memory of her son Sebastian, who passed away 11 years ago.

Caroline Holton, Chief Development Officer for Sebastian’s Action Trust said, “We’re very proud to have made Sebastian’s wish to have a family holiday home become a reality. Our respite breaks at the Bluebells, organised activities and day visits are an important part of keeping the family unit together through difficult times; offering time and space to rebuild as happier, stronger families in spite of challenges they face. They can also share the leisure facilities on site and children can attend various workshops run by our outreach workers, such as music and drama as a form of wellbeing therapy”.

Tessa Bird, Community Investment Officer at TVH, who has been working closely with the charity, said “I’m honoured to be working with The Sebastian’s Action Trust. The help they provide is inspiring. Jane, Caroline and the team put their heart and soul into making poorly childrens’ lives better. It’s great that we can be a part of it and make a difference to people’s lives.”

Picture of The Bluebells


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Thames Valley Housing Association:
Thames Valley Housing Association (TVH), based in Twickenham, South West London, was founded in 1966. The association owns, manages and administers loans for over 14,500 properties in London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. Thames Valley Housing provides affordable rented homes, shared ownership, market rent, student and key worker accommodation, working with eight NHS Trusts.

Sebastian’s Action Trust:
Sebastian’s Action Trust has created the UK’s only purpose-built facility called The Bluebells that offers respite holidays to very sick children and their families. The Bluebells has been built in North Waltham and opened in July 2011. The charity also gives practical support in many different forms to children battling with life-limiting illnesses. The Trust does not have a restrictive geographical catchment area and already supports families in the South East, principally from Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.



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