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Sebastian's Action Trust founder Jane Gates wins national award for charity work
A MOTHER, who founded a charity which supports terminally-ill children and their families by providing vital respite breaks, has been presented with a national award.
Jane Gates, who set up Sebastian’s Action Trust following the death of her son in 2003, was awarded the Charity Champion of the Year Award at the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards at the Madejski Stadium, in Reading.
Mrs Gates was nominated by several of the families who use the charity’s services and respite holiday home at The Bluebells, in North Waltham.
Katherine Grainger CBE, an Olympic rowing gold medallist, compered the event.
After receiving her award, Mrs Gates said: “At Sebastian’s Action Trust, we are not individuals but a team. We are here tonight as a result of our families nominating me, but more importantly the trust, for recognition with this award.
“This would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful families, supporters and staff, as Sebastian’s Action Trust really is a family of families.
“The trust has grown because of this support, and all who are involved are proud to be part of such an amazing and well-respected charity within our local community.”
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