Alexander Devine voted Charity of the Year 2016 at the recent Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards.
We are absolutely thrilled to have won Charity of the Year 2016 at The Business Magazine's Thames Valley Business Awards!! Co-Founders John & Fiona Devine collected the award and we couldn't be prouder! Fiona congratulated the team saying, "Our values, our work ethic, our development and the amazing team at Alexander Devine along with our resolute determination to be true to our vision, are all elements that impressed the judges. Well done and thank you all so much." Thank you everyone for all your support - we couldn't do it without you!
Henley Community Launch - Members of the Henley Partnership supported Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service's Community Launch in March which raised more than £8,200 to help build a local children's hospice. A four-day exhibition at the Old Fire Station Gallery began with a private preview on Thursday, March 12th, hosted by the local charity's co-founder, Fiona Devine.
Fiona told guests: "We are already supporting local children and their families through our Alexander's Care Team, but we can do so much more with a local children's hospice. We are delighted to be able to share with you the plans for the hospice and our vision for a home from home, full of love and laughter, a special place to make special memories. It's about children being children, in a safe environment; a place where parents feel they can safely be with their children, a secure, safe, loving environment, where no judgements are made. Even very sick children enjoy having an exciting, stimulating place to play and laugh with their brothers, and sisters, friends and family."
Fiona was joined by TV art and auction expert Jonty Hearnden, a committed supporter of the charity, who put together the special exhibition of art featuring Dali, Tracey Emin and Picasso, for which visitors to the gallery could bid.
You can cast your vote for the charity to receive a £2,000 Neighbourhood Budget grant to provide a portable SATs machine and a probe thermometer.
Members of the Alexander’s Care Team, including Alexander’s Nurses, visit children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in their own homes to provide medical and respite care, using portable medical equipment. Respite care can include trips out which make portable equipment essential.
The SATs machine is a non-invasive way of measuring oxygen levels in a child’s blood. Some children need this every few hours and others when they have visible symptoms that they may have picked up an infection.
You can vote for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service online by clicking on the My Local Budget icon on the Royal Borough website or go straight to the voting page at www.surveymonkey.com/s/QVW2QYB
You can also help us raise £1,000 by recycling if you live in the Royal Borough, to care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. All you have to do is donate your Royal Borough Greenredeem points to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
If you live in the Royal Borough you can nominate the local charity to receive your points by phone or online. Click on the My Local Budget icon at the RBWM website or call 0844 4099490 and pick option 4 and one of the council staff will take your details and enter the points on your behalf. Remember to tell all your local friends!
For more information on how you can help Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service continue its vital work, please call 0845 055 8276, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alexanderdevine.org
Beard Construction has been announced as the contractor appointed to build Berkshire’s Children’s Hospice.
Pudsey joined the charity’s Co-founder and Founder Patron last week for the announcement and to reveal that Children In Need has awarded a £99,488 grant to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service to fund a play specialist for three years, working with the Alexander’s Care Team. READ MORE
Windsor Half Marathon 2014
Our magnificent Parky’s Pride team have raised £7,500 so far from their heroic efforts in the Windsor Half Marathon on Sunday, September 28.
Our Co-founder and CEO Fiona Devine and Community fundraiser Julia Philipson ran with 16 of our fantastic supporters, including charity ambassador Jes Spencer, manager of Windsor Leisure Centre.
The sun beat down on the 13.1mile course through Windsor Great Park which made for some great photos, especially on The Long Walk, but presented a tough challenge for all the runners.
As soon as she had got her breath back, Fiona said: “I would like to say a public thank you to the fantastic supporters who ran in the Parky’s Pride team with me to raise money for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service in Sunday’s Windsor Half Marathon.
“And special thanks to the organisers and volunteers who made such a wonderful event possible and to all the spectators who cheered us on. I cannot tell you what a difference it makes to me as a runner to hear your enthusiastic support as you struggle around the course.
“I owe a special debt to Windsor Leisure Centre’s Steve Saunders who helped me to train and to the manager and our charity ambassador Jes Spencer who ran with me all the way.
“All of us in the Parky’s Pride team have had generous support from all our many sponsors which will help us to build Berkshire’s children’s hospice and to continue to care for and support local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.”
Remember you don’t have to wait a year to run with Parky’s Pride – you can sign up to run Reading Half Marathon for us on Sunday, March 22, sign up at http://readinghalfmarathon.com/race-info/half-marathon.htm.
Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service has welcomed The Duchess of Cambridge’s support for children’s hospices (CLICK HERE for full press release).
Fiona Devine, co-founder and CEO of the charity, said: “It’s wonderful to have Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s support for children’s hospices, especially in Children’s Hospice week, and given that this is such a significant time for us as our capital campaign to build Berkshire’s children’s hospice moves forward.”
In a statement supporting Children’s Hospice Week released today (June 19) The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), said: "Around the clock support is crucial for children receiving palliative care. They and their families often need help every hour of every day, both in hospices and at home. As Patron of EACH, I have seen first-hand this remarkable and varied work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be to the families of children with life limiting conditions. It has been wonderful to see the fantastic public support for Children's Hospice Week over the last few days. Please continue supporting your local children's hospice in whatever way you can."
Fiona added: “The growing number of children we are supporting through life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, to end of life, in Berkshire shows just how urgent the need is for a children’s hospice in the county where the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William grew up.”
Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with family attraction the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort. The close relationship will support the charity in building Berkshire's children's hospice, as well as offering magical VIP days out to the many children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, that Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service supports. Through the attraction's charitable foundation, Merlin's Magic Wand, the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort will create a small sensory garden in a section of the grounds of the hospice, using the skills of the model makers and landscape designers based at the attraction. The attraction has already hosted a fabulous day out for more than 100 children and their families who are supported by the charity – a full day of fun led by the LEGOLAND Pirates with special access to rides and the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Hotel, on June 1st. CLICK HERE for press release.
Thank you to all our amazing 32 runners who did a tremendous job for us at the Reading Half Marathon in Reading on Sunday March 2nd! We were overwhelmed by the tremendous support from all our runners this year who trained in awful weather conditions up to the event and who shone and made us proud in much better conditions on the day. Our runners were made up of Green Park Challengers who completed a 2.8km course, the youngest runner Michael Dando being just 4, Corporate Relay Teams from Handelsbanken and Clarkslegal LLP and 16 individual runners from all over Berkshire including runners from our Corporates Romans, Clarkslegal LLP and Covea Insurance. We are thrilled to announce that our "Parky's Pride" team raised over £8,500 in total, the largest amount raised so far at a Reading Half Marathon event! Thank you to all our inspirational runners with special thanks to George Major who is in remission from leukaemia and ran his first competitive race at the Green Park Challenge and Leigh-Anna Argrave who ran the Half Marathon in just 2hr 26 pushing her toddler son Jack and was our biggest individual fundraiser, raising an amazing £1,346.75!
On Thursday November 7th 2013 we launched our Capital Campaign alongside our founder patron Sir Michael Parkinson to raise £5m to build Berkshire's first children's hospice – providing care for hundreds of families. Sir Michael said "It is extraordinary that a children's hospice does not exist in Berkshire. It is crunch time now."
Please click the image to view the promotional video.