Christmas Family Raceday – Ascot Racecourse
The most valuable racecard of Ascot’s jumps season, visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, story-telling from Mrs Christmas, pony rides, dodgems, a carol singing concert, festive cocktails, fine dining and free fairground rides. Children can attend and eat for free too at this family day, as well as enrolling in the Ascot Elf Academy. Truly an elegant and uplifting day to celebrate with loved ones.
Sebastian’s Action Trust have also been given a sponsored race to help raise awareness of the charity, and to celebrate all that has been achieved in the 15 years since they started:
Sebastian’s Action Trust (SAT) was established following the death of nine-year-old Sebastian Gates. At the age of just seven, Sebastian, who lived in Ascot with his family, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour – a rare form of childhood cancer – and sadly passed away on Christmas Eve 2003.
In the month before he died, Sebastian inspired a fundraising drive to establish a holiday home that would provide somewhere exclusively for families to spend precious time together; away from the rigours of treatment and hospital life.
In 2011, following years of fundraising, The Bluebells – a purpose-built holiday home – was constructed in the Hampshire countryside. Hundreds of families have since enjoyed making precious memories with their loved ones and enjoying the fantastic onsite facilities. In the 15 years since SAT was founded, it has supported more than 500 families of seriously-ill children from Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
“Ascot Racecourse Supports” has provided funding for SAT’s “Connecting Families” programme, based at their new outreach and support hub “Woodlands”, in Crowthorne. It’s employees have also recently participated in a volunteer day at the site, helping to prepare walkways and generally making the site more festive in preparation for their Christmas party.
Ascot will welcome Jane and Michael Gates, Sebastian’s parents and founders of the charity at this raceday. To recognise all that has been achieved over the last 15 years, the 1.15pm race has been named “The Sebastian’s Action Trust Graduation Steeple Chase.”