15 years of stories: Joker Squad – a fundraising force that always brings the FUN!

“Most of us are parents and recognise that there are many families that need support through very difficult times, sadly some of the worst imaginable. We take tremendous pride in the job we do, we want to look the part and so invest heavily into every kit we wear and when in kit, we work hard to have fun with everyone, celebrate our lifelong love of all things Star Wars, and raise money for this special charity.”

– Dan Cramphorn, Co-Founder of Joker Squad

 

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

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Putting the FUN in fundraising

Since 2013, Joker Squad has made it their mission to raise as much money as possible for our charity through their love of Star Wars. Initially there were four members and today the charity costume group exceeds 100 members based all around the UK.

Dan Cramphon, is Co-Founder of Joker Squad and shared their highlights from the past nine years:

“When we first spoke to Alexander Devine Fundraiser, Susie Knowles, in March 2013, everyone thought adults dressed as Star Wars characters was a bit strange and how could it possibly raise money for Alexander Devine?

 

Our first appearance for the charity was in July 2013 at the Rockstar Heroes Walk and then we had the pleasure of attending our first of many Alexander Devine Family Christmas party later that year.

 

Things grew from there and we have had the pleasure of working alongside the Alexander Devine team at so many fundraising and family events, as well as representing the charity at other events including Film & Comicbook conventions across the country. All the time, having photographs taken with us and donations made by members of the public.

 

Fast forward to 2022 and we are so proud of the amount of money we have been able to raise so far Alexander Devine. To date the figure stands at more than £11,000.

 

Our team of volunteers are motivated by three things; Fun, Charity and Star Wars. Most of us are parents and recognise that there are many families that need support through very difficult times, sadly some of the worst imaginable. We take tremendous pride in the job we do, we want to look the part and so invest heavily into every kit we wear and when in kit, we work hard to have fun with everyone, celebrate our lifelong love of all things Star Wars, and raise money for charity.

 

We have so many happy memories of working alongside, and on behalf of the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. As we learn how to live with COVID, and more events and opportunities fall our way, we hope that we will be able to do even more throughout 2022 and into our own 10th Anniversary in 2023.”

Joker Squad 15 years

 

 

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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Talia’s got something exciting to tell you… Tickets for our Big Curry Night at the hospice are on sale! 🍽🍛

We’re thrilled to share that our wonderful friends at Wokingham curry restaurant, Sultan will be cooking up a delicious Indian banquet for guests to enjoy this year.

Take a sneak peek at the menu and book your place 👇 alexanderdevine.org/2023/01/bigcurrynight/
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🛒Your weekly shop could help raise money for Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices like Alexander Devine at no extra cost to you!

If you shop at your local Morrisons and buy from their Every Pack Gives Back range throughout February, a donation will be made to Morrisons' charity partner, Together for Short Lives.

This fantastic partnership is raising vital funds for children’s hospices up and down the country like Alexander Devine, helping us deliver specialist care for local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.

Children just like Pippa, who needs round-the-clock care:
“Alexander Devine's support is invaluable. They are there through all sorts of different issues, whether it be emotional support or medical advice, and that’s not just for Pippa but for all of us. It’s brilliant how they provide this hug.” - Danielle, Pippa's mum
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Are you a nurse or carer interested in working in children's palliative care?

Come along to our Careers Morning at our Maidenhead children's hospice on Saturday 4th March to find out about the varied, exciting, and rewarding roles available.

This event is aimed at student nurses, Band 4 Nurse Associates, Band 5 and 6 Nurses, Band 3 and 4 Carers, and Nursery Nurses.

Book your place by emailing ameliap@alexanderdevine.org or please call 01628 822777 for more information

www.alexanderdevine.org/events

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