21 brave ‘soles’ raise thousands!

On Saturday 9th October, 21 people hot-footed across burning embers as hot as 1,000 °F at Alexander Devine’s Firewalk event, which was held at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

The successful fundraising event managed to raise more than £9,000 for our charity, which relies nearly entirely on fundraising events like this as well as donations and gifts in Wills to run our vital service.

Leading the way was CEO and Co-Founder, Fiona Devine. Speaking about the fiery challenge, she said:

“There was definitely some pre-walk jitters but there was such a wonderful atmosphere on the night and everyone was so supportive. We were definitely spurred on by all the amazing supporters!

I was so impressed by everyone who took part and the incredible amount of money that collectively we managed to raise. A massive thank you to all the brave fundraisers that joined me and everyone who supported us. It means so much to me and the children and families that we support, especially at a time when fundraising income continues to be impacted.”

One of the brave fundraisers who joined Fiona was Liz Price, 58, whose daughter Jess is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Alexander Devine. She only decided to sign up a week before the event and her friends and family helped her raise an incredible £860, enough to fund nearly 20 hours of specialist care for a child with complex healthcare needs from an Alexander’s Nurse. Speaking about the once in a lifetime experience, she said:

“I have never done anything like this before but I was inspired to take part because of the story behind the hospice, the children and families that it supports and the first-hand reports from my daughter about how incredible it is and the difference it makes to people’s lives.

I was rather terrified at the thought of walking over the hot coals but it truly was an incredible experience in so many ways and I feel proud to have faced my fears and been able to support this wonderful charity. I am so grateful to all my friends and family that got behind me and helped me raise such a huge amount of money. It really has been overwhelming!”

On the evening, the firewalkers and spectators were treated to music from the Devine Buskers with food and refreshments provided by local artisan caterers Tonks Cooks, Little Brick Pantry and Angelina’s Cantina.

All the participants received full training to learn the secret of walking on fire by twice Guinness World Record holder for the greatest distance walked on fire, Scott Bell from UK Firewalk. Scott taught them how to keep their cool when they face their fears and walk across the hot embers.

After the event, all participants received a special medal, which had been created from a piece of artwork decorated by one of the children supported by Alexander Devine


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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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This December we want to share with you some of the different ways we bring comfort and joy to the children and families that we support, all thanks to your support.

It's Day 1 and look who's behind today's door...

Life for Harry is very different to most children his age. 5 year old Harry 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.

Harry’s family are determined to make sure Harry has every opportunity to experience things other children his age do. And visits to our hospice do just that. As well as an opportunity for much-needed respite for his parents, it is also the chance for Harry to have fun, whether that is splashing in the pool, playing in the playground or enjoying music therapy.

You can help continue to bring comfort and joy to children like Harry by donating to our Christmas Appeal ➡www.alexanderdevine.org/christmas

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"Our Christmas wish is that our Mum can keep doing the best job in the world and can keep looking after the children that need her. Please help our mum" - Eden and Theo

This festive season, Alexander’s Nurses like Abi, Eden and Theo's mum, will be making magical moments happen because of people like you.

Will you give what you can to help them bring comfort and joy to seriously-ill local children and their families this Christmas?

Watch our Christmas appeal and find out how you can help here ⬇️

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Thank you so much to everyone that has signed up, we can't wait to see you all tomorrow!

➡ Don't forget you can save time tomorrow by collecting your Santa suit today! Head to Horler and Associates Limited today on Dedworth road in Windsor

➡Missed our deadline for signing up?
Don't worry you can come along to Batchelors Acre and register between 7.45am and 8.15am. £25 per adult and £12 for children.

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