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. 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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