Mayor's Charity Appeal 2020/21
Sebastian's Action Trust
Sebastian’s Action Trust provides emotional, social and practical care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families. We offer family respite care at our flagship facility, ‘The Bluebells’, in Basingstoke, together with outreach and specialist support at our second centre, ‘The Woodlands’, in Crowthorne, that is aimed at reducing isolation, providing meaningful support and building resilience to help our beneficiaries face the uncertainties of the future. We support over 600 families across Berkshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey.
The Bluebells is the UK’s only purpose built facility, offering accessible breaks exclusively to the families of seriously-ill children, and where possible, to those who are recently bereaved.
It has two large apartments which can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 8 people and has a wide range of on-site facilities. There is a hydrotherapy pool, music room, sensory room, arts and crafts space, a cinema room, and extensive grounds which include a wildflower meadow, mini golf course, play area, outside seating and a beautiful garden of reflection.
At the Trust, we passionately believe seriously-ill children should be able to have quality time together with their families, never having to face life alone. Our vision is to ensure lives, however short, are lived to the full.
In March when the COVID-19 lockdown measures meant our families became isolated from essential support systems, we adapted our model of care to help our families remotely, safe at home. We have been providing emergency provision packs and activity packs for families, whilst also offering virtual 1-2-1 support.
Sebastian’s Action Trust has been here for the past 16 years ensuring that every one of the children, young people and families we support gets the best possible care. We remain present for families through the good days, the bad days and everything in between, remaining a constant in a world that presents endless challenges and uncertainties.
The Bluebells, Popham Lane, North Waltham, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2BD
St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance is the charity that steps forward in the moments that matter to save lives and support communities.
The health and first aid charity has a tremendous positive impact in society. For example, in 2019, St John Ambulance supported the NHS by treating 65,362 patients and transporting 64,057 people.
Every year around 300,000 people, including children and young people, learn how to save a life through St John Ambulance first aid training.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, St John supported hospitals, ambulance trusts and community projects in the charity’s biggest mobilisation of volunteers since WWII.
Its volunteers have demonstrated their humanity, care, compassion, flexibility, scale and resilience to deliver – whatever our nation’s health needs.
St John Ambulance has saved lives and relieved suffering for over 140 years, and – with the public’s support – will do so for decades to come.
To find out more, including details of the charity’s emergency fundraising appeal visit www.sja.org.uk
Local authorities were granted a number of emergency powers through the Coronavirus Regulations 2020. Due to the exceptional circumstances, the decision has been taken to postpone the borough council’s Annual General Meeting, at which the Mayor is officially appointed, until May 2021. Cllr Diane Taylor will remain in the office as Mayor for a second term.