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Boy's dying wish a step closer

Plan of Sebastian's House
It is hoped Sebastian's House will open by the end of 2009

A nine-year-old boy's dying wish is set to be realised after a council backed plans for a holiday home in his name.

Sebastian Gates, from Binfield, near Wokingham, Berkshire, died of cancer on Christmas Eve 2003.

He told his parent's he wanted a place where seriously-ill children could take their families for a holiday.

Now Sebastian's House is a step closer after permission was given on a site near Basingstoke. It is hoped the 850,000 home will open in 2009.

Councillors backed the proposal on Wednesday.

Sebastian Gates
Sebastian was diagnosed with Wilms' Tumour in 2001

Most of the services needed for the construction have already been pledged to the family.

Sebastian's mother, Jane, said: "We feel honoured that he gave us this fantastic project to realise on his behalf after he died.

"But we do it not just on his behalf but with the support of so many families whose children have also battled with very serious and life-threatening illnesses.

"We will provide self-catering accommodation with plenty of leisure opportunities on site.

"That will include a indoor swimming pool, spa pool, games room, music room and library.

"We are giving families the chance to come here and have some precious moments with the people that matter the most, their family."

Sebastian was diagnosed in 2001 with Wilms' Tumour, a rare form of childhood cancer.

Over the next two-and-a-half years he had 12 operations, a stem-cell transplant, chemotherapy courses and radiotherapy but died in 2003.




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