Volunteer organises a special ‘Aeroplane Day’

On Friday 21st February, seriously ill children and their siblings supported by our children’s hospice service reached new heights in a special ‘Aeroplane Day’ organised by an Alexander Devine volunteer who also works for British Airways.

Aeroplane Day was the brainchild of volunteer Graham Hough who is also a British Airways Purser. He has volunteered with Alexander Devine for the past six years and last year became a Care Volunteer when the hospice launched its Care Volunteer Programme. Having volunteers working alongside our Alexander’s Care Team means that our charity is able to reach out to more children and families that need our support.

Graham wanted to create an opportunity to bring a taste of travel to the children at the hospice and asked British Airways for help in supplying the resources he would need such as children’s uniforms, boarding cards, pretend passports and merchandise. He said:

I became involved with this wonderful charity six years ago when I was inspired to do something of value with my free time, something that would benefit others and possibly make a difference. I describe my involvement with the hospice and all the wonderful people there as my life leveller. What an incredible privilege to help make happy memories. For Aeroplane Day we wanted to bring the experience of travel to the children. We transformed the lounge area into a British Airways cabin and the children ‘boarded’ and experienced what it would be like on a flight. Throughout the day there was numerous fun and exciting activities for children of all abilities to enjoy.

Debbie Tonkinson, Alexander Devine’s Volunteer Development Manager, said:

What an incredible day that Graham organised for the children. Graham is a perfect example of the way volunteer contribution enhances the work of our children’s hospice service.  He really has gone above and beyond to create a fun-filled day for the children and staff.  Our heartfelt thanks to Graham and British Airways for creating these special moments that matter for our children.

Each and every day our wonderful force of volunteers support us in so many different roles. They bring invaluable experience, skills, empathy, kindness and friendship. We really couldn’t do what we do without them

 

Photograph courtesy of Ian Longthorne, Maidenhead Advertiser 

 

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.

Alexander Devine on Facebook

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
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

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.

alexanderdevine.org/2020/03/open-letter-from-our-ceo-fiona-devine/

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.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

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.

alexanderdevine.org/2020/03/open-letter-from-our-ceo-fiona-devine/

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.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
Inspected and rated Good by Care Quality commission
Registered with Fundraising Regulator
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

Copyright © 2019 Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. UK Registered Charity No. 1118947.