The Bluebells children's holiday home in Hampshire open
- 5 July 2011
- From the section Berkshire
A holiday home for sick children which was the dream of a nine-year-old Berkshire boy who died from a rare form of cancer, has finally opened.
The idea came from Sebastian Gates from Binfield who died in 2003.
His mother Jane Gates said: "It's fantastic to finally have the keys in our hands to the holiday house Sebastian so wanted to create for others."
She added that "substantial funds" still needed to be raised for the running costs of the building.
The family, which launched the charity Sebastian's Action Trust, raised all the money themselves for the £850,000 complex of self-catering apartments.
After initial delays, construction work started last year on The Bluebells in North Waltham, Hampshire.
The house includes an indoor swimming pool, games room, library and sensory room.
The first families will use the house on Sunday.
Sebastian's last wish was for a holiday home which would be open all year round.
He died on Christmas Eve 2003 after a two year fight with Wilms' Tumour - a rare type of cancer which affects the kidneys.
Sebastian believed the holiday home should be available all year and should offer breaks free of charge to families with sick youngsters.
His mother said: "We've worked ever since to make sure that wish becomes a reality.
"It's about giving families precious time together, giving them some breathing space and the chance to regroup."