Saturday 12th September 2015, The Odney Club, Cookham. You'll need to book really early this year for this very special event in our calendar. Look forward to another amazing event, money can't buy auction items, celebrity acts and much more. Contact Sally Stevens, email@example.com or Fay Denwood, firstname.lastname@example.org for advance ticket sales and more information.
The latest news from Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service is that preparations are on track for building to start in late September. Co-founder and CEO Fiona Devine says: "This is such an amazing year for our local charity and I am delighted that we are looking to start the build process late September time. "It has been a very busy time working with our build team, planning the detail for the commencement for the build. Both sets of quantity surveyors are in second stage of our tender process. Applications have now gone out to the market place, the data is being analysed for best price, best quality and value for money. Once all the information has been collated the inauguration of the works will begin." Interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire on Wednesday morning, Fiona told Andrew Peach that building a children's hospice for Berkshire would provide a seamless service of care for the more than 600 children with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition in Berkshire and their families. The Alexander’s Care Team will be based in the hospice but will also continue to offer the flexibility of care in children’s own homes. The hospice will offer day and overnight care. The children's hospice has been designed by architect Angus Neil, of Edgington Spink & Hyne, in Windsor. Our contractors are Beard Construction, and our quantity surveyors are Rider Levett & Bucknall of Wokingham. Angus told Andrew that his brief from Fiona and John Devine had been to design a 'home from home'. He described how the six en-suite bedrooms for children – two of which will be interconnecting – face south to catch the sunshine and overlook fields, while the six acres of grounds provide plenty of room for the children, their siblings and families to play and make treasured memories together. At the same time, he added, the hospice sits beautifully within the community. The site is near Maidenhead, within easy access of J8/9 of the M4, the A404M, A4 and M40. Fiona adds: "We are on the final push although there are many more chapters to come. We still have just over £1.2m to raise to meet our £5m target to build Berkshire's children's hospice. We can celebrate where we are but we know there are many more pages to come in our story."
Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service was founded in 2007 with the aim of providing a dedicated children's hospice service for all children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses in Berkshire and beyond.
Families tell us that they find it difficult to find the right support at the right time and we understand that it is the whole family who need to be looked after. Our ultimate aim is to provide well co-ordinated support, which is available from the point of diagnosis for as long a families want, either in the home or in our local hospice.
We currently fund Alexander's Nurses who provide quite unique specialised care and respite by regularly supporting families in their own homes – our service is unique because we work very closely with all our local NHS hospitals so that families receive a 'joined-up service'.
To read more about Alexander – who remains the inspiration behind the charity, from its inception to today, please take a look at our 'About Us' section.