Daring Daredevils complete skydive

We are in complete awe of all the Devine Daredevils who took to the skies this September to complete their tandem skydives.

The heroic efforts of these 11 skydivers have so far raised over £7,700 between them. An amazing amount of money that could fund an Alexander’s nurse to provide over 200 hours of care.

Taking part in the jump was our very own specialist play therapist, Liz Johnson. The skydive was completely out of her comfort zone, but she was determined to not let that stop her:

“I see first hand in my job what a huge difference our children’s hospice service makes to the children and their families we support. The last few months especially has really shown me how much we are needed and how vital it is that our charity continues to be there for them. 

Not many people realise that children’s hospices like ours rely nearly entirely on donations and fundraising to fund our service. And with most of our fundraising events cancelled this year, I know it is really hard at the moment to raise the money we need so it made me all the more determined to fundraise. 

Signing up for this challenge was a huge surprise to my family and friends. I am certainly not known for being a thrill-seeker! 

However, I wanted to do something that would inspire people to support me as well as being something of a personal challenge. Signing up as part of the Devine Daredevil skydive was an amazing opportunity for me to take on a challenge of a lifetime and importantly make a difference to the amazing children and families I meet working at Alexander Devine.  

I can honestly say that jumping out of that plane is nothing like anything I have experienced. I was the first to jump from my plane and freefalling was just indescribable. It was truly a bucket list experience! Would I do it again? Well they say the second time round is even better, so who knows?!”

 

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 into surrounding counties. If you think your child may be eligible for our services, please do get in touch.

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Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Christine Bateson, to our children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

It was a wonderful opportunity to show her our amazing state-of-the-art facilities and talk about the vital support we give to local children and their families, all made possible by donations and fundraising.

There are many misconceptions about what children’s hospice care is all about. Not many people understand the all-encompassing care that children’s hospice services like ours provide to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families. As well as the specialist clinical care, our holistic and bespoke approach aims to provide the best possible support for each child and family. This includes support such as much-needed respite, specialist play for children and their siblings, symptom management, family support services, end of life care and bereavement support. As well as at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead, Alexander’s Care Team provides support in the family home and the community, including hospitals and schools.

With facilities at our hospice such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and accessible playground, we offer opportunities for children and their siblings to experience fun, joy and adventures, and help families make precious memories for as long as they have. For some of these children and their families, we will support them for many years, for others it may be a shorter period of time.

During the visit, our CEO Fiona introduced the mayor to our some of our wonderful volunteers and members of Alexander’s Care Team. However, we think it was Thomas and Keanu’s big smiles that definitely proved to be the highlight of the visit!

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We were very grateful to receive a donation of amazing mental health awareness self-care packages from Charlotte, founder of a lovely local small business called MindFill. They work with a range of clients to curate beautiful and bespoke branded care packages to help with employee wellness.

Thank you for thinking of us, what a lovely treat!
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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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