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.

Our timeline

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

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...

Keanu

"Alexander Devine opened up a whole new world of hope and relief that come what may I was not alone in managing Keanu’s needs, both in the short and...

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Playtime just got more magical at our hospice!✨

Thank you so much to Lifelites for their latest donation of assistive and inclusive technology to help enrich the lives of the children and young people that we support.

Today Lifelites has been training members of Alexander’s Care Team on how to use all the new equipment and toys including Eyegaze which helps children with limited movement or restricted speech communicate and take control for themselves, using just the movement of their eyes. With most of the equipment easily portable, it means there are no limits to where and when we can play!

It was wonderful to be joined by some of our families to celebrate the donation of this new technology and, of course, have a play!

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We are so grateful to the National Lottery Awards for helping to fund the important development of our Family Support programme.

The increased need to develop our Family Support programme has been driven by an increasing number of children with complex needs and a rising number of bereaved families. Thanks to National Lottery Awards’ generous donation of £9,250, we are able to widen the support we can give families including the recruitment of our Family Support Worker, parent group meetings and special events such as our remembrance days.

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📣Please join us in giving our amazing London marathon runners a big cheer! 🙌

Tracey, James and Fraser - we are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck for today.

Go #TeamDevine!

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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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