Curry night cooks up much-needed funds

On Friday 26th February, Alexander Devine hosted its Big Curry Night In event and, thanks to our generous supporters, we raised nearly £2,000 from the sale of curry kits and raffle tickets.

We hosted the virtual fundraising event after we were unable to host our annual much-loved Scrummy Mummy curry night due to current lockdown restrictions. This year would have been our 12th annual curry night. The tradition started back in 2007 when Fiona Devine, mother of Alexander Devine and charity founder, held her first Scrummy Mummy curry night to remember her son, serving a homemade curry to local supporters in the hall of Alexander’s school. It was named Scrummy Mummy as that was the nickname Alexander gave to his mum.

The event was kindly being supported by AB World Foods, Tesco and Marlow-based But First Cocktails which all contributed items for the Big Curry Night In kits. Those who bought kits were sent recipe cards, spices they would need, and a host of fun activities for the family to do at home.

Kate Wright, Fundraiser at Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, said:

 

“We were absolutely blown away by the support for this event. From the generosity of local companies gifting us items for the kits to the number of people that took part and bought raffle tickets. There was such a wonderful sense of community, something that is always synonymous with our annual Scrummy Mummy night. We loved seeing all the photos people shared throughout the night of their curry creations and Alexander’s Granny was so thrilled that so many people also made her trifle! And, of course, to raise this much money was just fantastic, we are grateful to everyone that made it such a success.”

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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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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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