Thursday November 14th was a momentous day for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service as we launched our capital campaign to raise £5m over 2 years to build Berkshire's one and only Children's Hospice.
The launch was held at Fredrick's Hotel in Maidenhead and hosted by our Co-Founder Fiona Devine and Founder Patron Sir Michael Parkinson.
Over 70 local representatives attended this milestone event from local businesses, charitable trusts, organisations and local community groups.
Sir Michael told the audience that it was crunch time and he encouraged people to get involved whether it be as fundraisers, through networking with their peer group or volunteering their skills.
Plans for our six bedroomed hospice were on view which will offer overnight respite for children and their families, as well as day care, bereavement and end of life care services. It will house a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, a specialist arts and crafts room and a music therapy room.
Fiona explained at the launch how in that past week she had received two calls from Berkshire families who needed our help desperately. Unfortunately we couldn't meet their needs without our hospice build. Fiona told the audience how it left her feeling devastated and heartbroken that we couldn't do more.
The launch got off to a flying start with two considerable donations from two charitable trusts making the starting pot for the capital campaign £300k. Pledges have also been received for the music therapy room, one of our six bedrooms and the design and landscaping of our gardens.
We are so thankful to all the amazing support that we receive through our local community and do hope that you'll continue on our journey as we get closer to turning the first piece of soil for our hospice build.
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our first ever Santa Dash on December 1st. We all had a fabulous day and we really hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, we were completely overwhelmed by the response. An incredible 200 dashers turn up to take on the 5km course! People of all ages came along to get into the festive spirit. We had families, toddlers, Grandparents, buggy’s, even dogs in reindeer ears!! Thank you to you all for making it such a success. We are delighted to announce that we raised over £5,000!! We couldn’t have done it without our amazing army of volunteers, Tony Monk, President of Windsor Cricket Club and David Priddy, Chairman of the Datchet Dashers who organised the route. A huge thank you also to Horler Estate Agents for sponsoring our event, we are so grateful for your support and it was great to have you all there on the day. We would also like to thank the wonderful Steve Blethyn from ‘Beyond First Aid’ who has been so kind to our charity and came along once again to support the event. Hurray, what a fantastic day!! See you all next year!!
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.