“I have looked after children with cancer and their families for over 25 years. I am only too aware of the devastating effect on a family of a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness in a child. The practical family support that Sebastian’s Action Trust can provide and the opportunity to stay in Bluebells are having a wonderful impact on the families supported by the Trust. I knew Sebastian and I am delighted to be a Patron of this unique charity and to support his wish to create a house for special memories.”
“A life cut short is a tragedy few of us can comprehend, but here at Hall Grove the name Sebastian Gates is spoken less in sadness than in admiration and respect. Sebastian’s courage, good humour, imagination, resourcefulness and persistence are all combined in the campaign led by his family and closest friends. His spirit is hard at work, achieving the apparently impossible against the shortest odds. It is an enormous privilege to have been invited to serve the campaign as patron.”
Since becoming closely involved with Sebastian's Action Trust, if I didn't fully realise it then, I certainly do now, just how immeasurably valuable the work they do and the support, help and comfort they extend out to those they touch is. When days cannot be added to life, it is essential that life be added to days. The work of the Trust - the passion, zeal, boundless energy and joy they engender means that truly they do add life to those precious days.
“There can be no greater tragedy than the death of a beloved child. However for many children there is lots of living to do until you die! Seb was a wonderful example of just that, relishing every moment of life until the last with the family he loved so much and with his friends. Now Seb and his family will enable other children to make the very most of whatever life is left to them through this dream come true - Sebastian’s Action Trust. I know the ripples from his all-too-short life will continue to spread wider and wider and the world will most definitely be a better place.”
"We first became aware of the incredible work of Sebastian's Action Trust in the summer of 2006 and over the past five years have never ceased to be amazed, humbled and inspired by the remarkable work of the Gates family and the Trust that they set up in their son's name. We are immensely proud to have been invited to become Patrons and pledge our continued support to ensure that Sebastian's dream not only becomes but remains a reality."
"Having met Sebastian and been involved with the Trust for some time, I feel very strongly about the good work the Trust does and am absolutely delighted to have been asked to become a Patron."
“I’m honoured and happy to be a Patron, and am so proud to have been associated with Sebastian's Action Trust since its inception in 2003. The Bluebells and the services of The Trust have made a real difference to the lives of many seriously-ill children and their families. I look forward to continuing to play an integral part in raising the required funds to make Sebastian’s wish happen.”
“I am delighted to have been asked to become a Patron of Sebastian’s Action Trust, having attended the Pride of Britain awards and spending time in the company of Sebastian’s parents Jane and Michael and also his Sister Rebecca I was truly moved as a Father of a young Son to have heard Sebastian’s life affirming story and Sebastian’s determination to do good for others despite his own life threatening condition. I was also amazed to hear how his spirit lives on in the Trust, talking with his parents it was as if he was still here in the room with us. The Bluebells is truly inspirational and needs all of the support it can get so it may continue with the work that Sebastian set out for it to do and also hopefully over time create more Bluebells for more children like Sebastian.”
His Honour Judge Andrew Barnett
My first visit to The Bluebells and a meeting with Jane Gates was a truly inspiring experience. I had no idea that so much could be achieved with such benefit for those in the agonising position that Jane herself had found herself when Sebastian fell ill. It is a real tribute to her and all those who have become involved in the pioneering and running of this organisation that it has become such a success. It proves that there is hope even in the darkest hours. I have no doubt that the Trust will continue to develop and go from strength to strength. I am very privileged to have been asked to be a Patron.