Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service
Building the Children's Hospice Service for Berkshire
Teresa May and the Devine family at the ground breaking ceremony

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Sir Michael Parkinson and Maidenhead MP Theresa May pulled on their wellies to start building Berkshire’s children’s hospice on Wednesday, September 23.They joined Fiona and John Devine, their family, VIPs, supporters, donors and volunteers for the Ground Breaking ceremony at the site in Snowball Hill, near Maidenhead. Specialist aerial photographer Paulo Coll, of Maidenhead-based Alta Vista, used a drone to capture fascinating images of the site and the Ground Breaking ceremony. Builders Beard Construction marked out the site of the new children’s hospice – the first in Berkshire – which can be clearly seen in Paulo’s images.
Sir Michael Parkinson, Founder Patron of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, told guests: “This is a very special moment. I remember meeting Fiona and John in the beginning and thinking ‘This will never happen!’. Then she was very shy, frail in a sense, and no wonder given what she and John had been through. What Fiona and John have created here is something that should have been done many years ago. The hospice you will see here in the coming years will be for parents and children in desperate need, Fiona and John can be very, very proud. This is the beginning of the end of the first chapter, there are many more chapters to come, we still need lots of money to open the hospice and lots of money to keep it going.”
Theresa May, a patron of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service and in whose constituency the hospice will be, said: “The sad fact is that Fiona and John’s story shows we need a children’s hospice, so many families are going through similar circumstances.
Although Fiona and John’s aim was always to build the hospice it hasn’t just been about the building, over the years we have already seen many families given support by the Alexander’s Care Team. The hospice building is going to be a reality and will be providing essential support to local families. Thank you to Fiona and John for having that vision. It’s a great day, you must be very proud.”
Fiona Devine thanked Sir Michael and Mrs May, the Royal Borough Mayor Cllr Dee Quick, and all the supporters and volunteers. But she gave special thanks to her husband, John, and their children, Harry and Caitlin, saying: “They are always hiding behind the scenes, they have a crazy life with their mum but they never complain. I hope they are as proud of their big brother as I am today.
“Thank you to my mum and to my sister, Debbie, who was Alexander’s second mummy, when we were backwards and forwards to hospital, my sister Debbie was mummy to Caitlin too, to the extent she even called her mummy! And thank you to my dad who we lost three years ago. I know he would be immensely proud as well.”
In an emotional thank you to Alexander’s friends at the ceremony, Fiona said: “In Alexander’s short eight years he made friends who still support us. Alexander had a heart full of love, kindness, courage and fun. This hospice is Alexander’s living legacy.”
John Devine said: “Nine years ago Fiona and I had a vision, we experienced the need and we thought someone needed to make a difference. Today is a massive step on that journey.”
The six-bedroom hospice is expected to take 16-18 months to build. The fundraising target, launched in November 2013, was £5m. £3.9m has been raised so far with £1.1m still to raise for the cost of building it. CLICK HERE for images and plans.

Christmas Cards 2015
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The latest news from Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service is that preparations are on track for building to start in late September.
A Million Hugs For Holly

A wonderful new fundraising campaign has been launched by an amazing 13 year old girl who is being supported by Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. Holly George is a courageous teenager who is looked after by the Alexander’s Care Team. Her two sisters have recently done some fundraising to help us build Berkshire’s children’s hospice and Holly, although poorly, is determined not to be left out, so she is starting a campaign asking people to donate £1 for a virtual hug – 1 Million Hugs For Holly. She has set up a Facebook page HERE and an online giving page HERE. On Twitter Holly is using the hashtag #HugsForHolly and her campaign account on Twitter is @hugsforholly. CLICK HERE for the latest news and official poster.

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.

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Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

15, Grove Park Business Estate,
Waltham Road,
White Waltham,
Maidenhead, Berks

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