15 years of stories: The Dando family

Watching the hospice grow from a small team in an office in Slough to a fully operational building that continues to be an absolute lifeline for so many families has been a privilege and an honour” – Clare Dando, Alexander Devine volunteer


As we mark our charity’s 15th birthday, throughout this year we want to celebrate all the incredible people that have made it possible to reach this milestone. We share our journey with countless people have helped take our charity from a vision for a much-needed children’s hospice service to a reality.

Throughout 2022 we will be sharing many of these stories. You can also read more or add your own story in our special 15th Birthday Book


14 years of fundraising

The Dando family first started supporting us in 2008 and we are incredibly grateful for everything they have done for us over the last 14 years. Mum Clare, shared their story:

“Our family have been involved in fundraising for Alexander Devine ever since our own Alex (pictured) was just six months old in December 2008.


We, along with another wonderful volunteer Anita, set up and ran the Wokingham Fundraising Group (now brillitantly managed by Tracey!). Over the years we have organised walks, runs, tombolas, teddy bears’ picnics and were even lucky enough to be at the hospice groundbreaking event.


We continue to help out when we can and remain incredibly proud to be part of such an amazing team. Watching the hospice grow from a small team in an office in Slough to a fully operational building that continues to be an absolute lifeline for so many families has been a privilege and an honour.


Happy 15th Birthday to Fiona and the Alexander Devine team!”

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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Playtime just got more magical at our hospice!✨

Thank you so much to Lifelites for their latest donation of assistive and inclusive technology to help enrich the lives of the children and young people that we support.

Today Lifelites has been training members of Alexander’s Care Team on how to use all the new equipment and toys including Eyegaze which helps children with limited movement or restricted speech communicate and take control for themselves, using just the movement of their eyes. With most of the equipment easily portable, it means there are no limits to where and when we can play!

It was wonderful to be joined by some of our families to celebrate the donation of this new technology and, of course, have a play!

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We are so grateful to the National Lottery Awards for helping to fund the important development of our Family Support programme.

The increased need to develop our Family Support programme has been driven by an increasing number of children with complex needs and a rising number of bereaved families. Thanks to National Lottery Awards’ generous donation of £9,250, we are able to widen the support we can give families including the recruitment of our Family Support Worker, parent group meetings and special events such as our remembrance days.

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📣Please join us in giving our amazing London marathon runners a big cheer! 🙌

Tracey, James and Fraser - we are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck for today.

Go #TeamDevine!

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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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