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North Waltham holiday home needs funds of £11,000 to complete first phase
A HOLIDAY home for seriously-ill children and their families is appealing for help with a bid to create a garden of reflection.
Sebastian’s Action Trust, which runs The Bluebells, in North Waltham, has launched an appeal to help raise more than £11,000 to create the first phase of the garden.
It is hoped that the garden will provide a place for quiet contemplation for families who have a seriously-ill child or who have lost their child to illness.
To complete the first phase of the ambitious project, the charity needs top soil, plum slate, turf, wooden sleepers, trees, shrubs, oak benches and rakes.
Jane Gates, director and founder of Sebastian’s Action Trust, said the charity, which hopes to begin creating the garden this month, would welcome either donations of the materials or financial assistance to help it create the special garden.
Mrs Gates said that 21 of the hundreds of children who have spent time at The Bluebells in the past two years have since passed away.
She added: “From one-to-one emotional support, helping to organise funerals, providing a range of bereavement-related resources, arranging counselling and other therapies to address grief, and facilitating contact between bereaved families, we are constantly striving to find additional ways in which we can help family members, both individually and as a unit, to face the utter devastation of losing a child or sibling.
“Many of our bereaved families choose to come back to The Bluebells after the death of their child. We continue to make this possible for as long as the family wishes for the association.
“We recognise that our families come from all faiths and cultures and we would like to create somewhere for quiet contemplation and reflection, allowing for non-denominational remembrance days that enable bereaved families to meet others who also live with the loss of a child.”
To find out more, or to make a donation to the garden project, visit sebastiansactiontrust.org/donate.
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