Devine Paws back for third year

On Saturday 3 August, Devine Paws Dog Show and Family Fun Day will be held at Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne, in memory of Skyla Elizabeth Head. The toddler died in 2015 when she was only 2.5 years old from a rare genetic condition.  All proceeds from the day will go towards Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, which supported her during her short life.

Skyla’s mum Corrine and sister Kayla, who run a dog salon in Crowthorne, came up with the idea for a charity fundraiser in memory of Skyla and which would also raise vital funds for Alexander Devine. Devine Paws was first held in 2016 and subsequently in 2018. This popular event has raised an incredible £3,748 for the local children’s hospice service.

Corrine Harrison, Skyla’s mum said:

“I am extremely proud to be this marvellous little girl’s mummy even though she could no longer be with us her memory still lives on with every little thing we do. What she taught us as a family is invaluable. It’s days like doing the dog show which give me opportunities to talk about her as if she was still here and the thought of giving something back should be the meaning of life itself. I miss my little girl but thank her everyday for who she made me.”

The Dog and Family Show has something for everyone including family activity games, pet care stalls, face painting, bouncy castle as well as food and drink. The event starts at 9.30am and will go on until 4.30pm. Further details can be found by searching Devine Paws on Facebook.

Julia Philipson, Community Fundraiser at Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, praised Skyla’s family for all their support:

“They are truly an amazing family and we are so grateful for all that they do for our charity. We hope everyone has a fantastic day at this year’s Devine Paws.”

Need our help?

The word hospice should not seem scary and getting support from us doesn’t have to mean a child’s death is imminent. Helping to enrich the lives of the children and their families is at the heart of our service, our end of life and bereavement support is just a part of what we do.

Our children’s hospice service covers the whole of Berkshire and the surrounding counties. Anyone can make a referral to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service and if you think your child may be eligible for our services, please do get in touch.

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We wanted to pay tribute to a very special young man who has been part of our Alexander Devine family for the past six years. A few weeks ago we had our final home visit with him before he transitions to an adult hospice.

This extraordinary young man has has brought so much joy, laughter and love to us all Alexander Devine. Amongst many things, we will miss his cheeky sense of humour and love of singing!

Here's to you Tomi, our superhero!
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Thank you so much to Naomi from Wild Heart Yoga for helping to raise money for us. Naomi is streaming live yoga sessions for free and asking students to make a donation to Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. Head to her page for details of all her classes.First live stream class done! That was really scary for me but so glad I did it. Was wonderful to see all my lovely students, Miss you all so much! Shoved everything out of the way, had a big roll of carpet in front of me, a step ladder, paint and my dog moaning but it was lovely all the same 😂
I’ll be teaching more classes next week - details to follow. Classes will free but I’m asking people to donate money to charities. My suggested is @alexanderdevinehospice but the choice is yours.
Let’s use this as a chance to give something back! Much love ♥️💫🤪🙌🏻 #yogaonline #zoom #wildheartyoga #charityyoga #stayhome #yoga #spreadlove

Ps. Message me to book onto classes
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On this day 13 years ago, Fiona Devine established Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service after her son Alexander tragically passed away.

Today Fiona has published an Open Letter in response to the Covid-19 crisis, urging our supporters and local community to help us. You can read the letter in full here.

To each and every one of you, please give what you can to help us maintain our much-needed and valued service. We need your help now more than ever.
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