Celebrating 15 years of comfort and joy

2022 is a special milestone for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, as we mark 15 years since we were founded by Fiona and John Devine in 2007. Since then, we’ve given hundreds of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, the specialist care and support that they need.

Throughout 2022, please join us in celebrating this amazing milestone. A milestone that would not have been possible without our amazing supporters.

With your help, we can continue in our journey to grow our service so we can be there for more children and their families for the next 15 years and beyond.

It all began with a very special boy – Alexander

Alexander’s bravery, strength and kindness inspired so many people across our community. It is because of Alexander that today we bring specialist care and vital support to so many children and their families that need us. Needing the support of a children’s hospice service is not something any parent wants or expects.

For John and Fiona Devine, it was something they were not prepared for when in November 2001, four year old Alexander was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Their world was consumed by hospital appointments, doctors, nurses, operations, treatments, scans and stays in hospitals. They described it as being on an “emotional rollercoaster”, which they had no control over. Without a children’s hospice in Berkshire, they would have have to travel for hours in the car with Alexander to access the specialist care and support the family needed.

These journeys were difficult and often dangerous due to his medical condition. Alexander endured four and a half years of operations, treatments and therapy, but sadly died at the age of eight. Through their experience and much research, it was clear that Berkshire needed its own children’s hospice service.

In 2007, Fiona and John established Alexander Devine Cancer Trust (later to become Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service), and so began their journey to make sure that children, like their son Alexander, and families likes theirs would be able to access the support they needed closer to home.

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Since 2007, we’ve been dedicated to providing specialist care and vital support to as many children and their families across Berkshire and into surrounding counties as possible.

Give a gift for our 15th anniversary

However much you can spare, every penny really will make a real difference. We want to bring comfort and joy to more children and their families, and with your help we can.

Share your memories in our book of celebration

We are inviting all who have been part of our journey to share their story – those who have supported us, championed us, helped us build a much-needed children’s hospice service, worked for us, volunteered for us and also been supported by us. You can either email us or leave a message in our virtual book of celebration.

Stories from the last 15 years

We have come a long way since the idea for a children’s hospice service for Berkshire first came into being at John and Fiona Devine’s dining room table in Windsor. Throughout the year we will be sharing just some of the people that helped us get to where we are today.

Ways to fundraise in our 15th year

Explore the ways you can get involved and join us in celebrating our special milestone.

Events in 2022

Check out our events and watch this space as there will be lots more added during our 15th year!

Some of the extraordinary children and their families that we have helped over the last 15 years

Pippa

“Alexander Devine support is invaluable. They are there through all sorts of different issues, whether it be emotional support or medical advice,...

Habibah

"To be told that your child has an incurable disease is the most devastating news any parent can receive. We are extremely lucky to have an amazing...

Aaron

"If I had to summarise what makes Alexander Devine so special, I would say it's the people that work there. Each and everyone of them are so...

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Talia’s got something exciting to tell you… Tickets for our Big Curry Night at the hospice are on sale! 🍽🍛

We’re thrilled to share that our wonderful friends at Wokingham curry restaurant, Sultan will be cooking up a delicious Indian banquet for guests to enjoy this year.

Take a sneak peek at the menu and book your place 👇 alexanderdevine.org/2023/01/bigcurrynight/
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🛒Your weekly shop could help raise money for Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices like Alexander Devine at no extra cost to you!

If you shop at your local Morrisons and buy from their Every Pack Gives Back range throughout February, a donation will be made to Morrisons' charity partner, Together for Short Lives.

This fantastic partnership is raising vital funds for children’s hospices up and down the country like Alexander Devine, helping us deliver specialist care for local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.

Children just like Pippa, who needs round-the-clock care:
“Alexander Devine's support is invaluable. They are there through all sorts of different issues, whether it be emotional support or medical advice, and that’s not just for Pippa but for all of us. It’s brilliant how they provide this hug.” - Danielle, Pippa's mum
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Are you a nurse or carer interested in working in children's palliative care?

Come along to our Careers Morning at our Maidenhead children's hospice on Saturday 4th March to find out about the varied, exciting, and rewarding roles available.

This event is aimed at student nurses, Band 4 Nurse Associates, Band 5 and 6 Nurses, Band 3 and 4 Carers, and Nursery Nurses.

Book your place by emailing ameliap@alexanderdevine.org or please call 01628 822777 for more information

www.alexanderdevine.org/events

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Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is the operating name of Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 5757493

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