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

Talia

"Alexander Devine stepped in and made such an unforgettable impact on our lives. We count our blessings for the continuous support they give us....

Aidan

"The hospice is simply amazing and we hope as a family we never have to be without them again and the support they give us. Whilst the added worry...

Jessica

Six year old Jessica has Leigh’s syndrome, a life-limiting neurological disorder that affects her mental and movement abilities. Her parents Vicky...

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🌴Come join the party🍹

This October, our incredible friends at Nirvana Spa are hosting an ALL INCLUSIVE Caribbean Party with 100% of all ticket sales benefitting Alexander Devine!

This spectacular event promises to be an occasion to remember with reggae anthems, a carnival atmosphere and bottomless rum punch! You will feel like you've been transported to Caribbean shores.

For more details and to book your tickets 👇
nirvanaspa.co.uk/caribbean-party/
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It’s bright, colourful, fun, noisy and we can play with it anywhere we like in the hospice! 💙💛

We absolutely love our new mobile sensory unit, generously donated by The Fence Club.

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If you are shopping in your local Tesco store in the next few months, you could help us win up to £3,000!

We’re thrilled to be in the customer vote for a Tesco #CommunityGrant during July, August and September.

Every time you shop, please ask for a blue token at the till and pop it in our box. The more tokens we get, the bigger the donations we receive so don't forget to also ell your friends and family about how they can support us.

The other great news is that there are plenty of stores around Maidenhead and Reading that you can vote in. We've listed some of these below:
💙Bath Road, Taplow
💛Burnham Road, Slough
💙High Street, Burnham
💛Bath Road, Maidenhead
💙Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead
💛Church Street, Caversham
💙Buckingham Drive, Emmer Green
💛Shinfield Road, Reading
💙Silverdale Road, Lower Earley
💛Napier Road, Reading
💙Bath Road, Southcote Service Station, Reading
💛Market Place, Reading
💙Oxford Road, Reading
💛Crown Street, Reading
💙Whitely Street Reading
💛London Road, Reading
💙Portman Road, Reading
💛Knowsley Road, Tilehurst
💙Reading Road, Burghfield Common
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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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