Harry

Harry, who just celebrated his 4th birthday, is a happy little boy who loves to read books, zoom around in his wizzybug car and play with his sisters.

But his life is very different to most children his age. He was born with a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome. It means he can’t smile, blink or move his eyes. He is also very weak and can’t sit up or walk. He struggles to swallow so is fed through a peg tube.

Despite being in and out of hospital for most of his life due to a number of complications including severe sepsis, Harry’s family are determined to make sure Harry has every opportunity to experience things other children his age do. Visits to Alexander Devine’s hospice help them do just this. It is not just an opportunity for much-needed respite for his parents but also the chance for Harry to have fun, whether that is splashing in the pool, playing in the playground or exploring the sensory room.

Harry’s mum Jenny said:

“Harry really loves coming to the hospice, especially the amazing hydrotherapy pool and sensory room. His sister sometimes joins him and she loves it too. It’s lovely knowing he is getting looked after by great staff whilst we can get some respite from the day to day caring of Harry”

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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. 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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Shades on and chilling in our hydrotherapy pool - how super cool is Pippa?! 😎

Happy Friday everyone ☀️

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Our gardening club volunteers took delivery of a very special gift this month - a fantastic John Deere sit on mower, which was very generously donated to us by Farol Ltd.

Matt Vellacott, Managing Director at Farol, told us "we are very pleased and proud to help such a worthy cause.”

The new mower was delivered by Farol Twyford's Manager, Barry Sharp. He kindly spent the morning with our volunteers giving them a tutorial on looking after it and showing them how to use it.

Children and families love using the outside space at our beautiful hospice and the new mower will make it so much easier to maintain our grounds for them to enjoy.

Thank you Matt, Barry and all at Farol for your wonderful and generous donation, it really will make a world of difference.
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Well done to these Spartan heroes! 💪

We are so proud of the team from OpenText office in Reading who took on the mighty Spartan Obstacle Race in Henley earlier this month.

For those unfamiliar with Spartan races, they are obstacle courses that test speed, strength and endurance. The OpenText team had to conquer 20 off-road obstacles, including climbing walls, crawling under wire, traversing monkey bars, spear throws and of course lots of mud!

An amazing challenge and they managed to raise over £725! 👏
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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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