Meet Alexander, our inspiration.
Ours is a story of an ordinary family who were blessed with an extraordinary little boy. The journey that was to change our lives began in November 2001 when our precious first child was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just four years of age, there is nothing in this world that can prepare you for such a trauma, and life is never the same again.
Alexander was a very bright and funny child; he loved life and his family very much and had wisdom far beyond his years.
The grieving process started immediately and our whole world was consumed by hospital appointments, doctors, nurses, operations, treatments, scans, stays in hospitals, etc. It was like being on an emotional roller coaster which you have no control over.
Our son endured four and a half years of operations, treatments and therapy and sadly died at the age of eight.
Through our experience and much research, it was clear that Berkshire needed its own children’s hospice. So we began the next chapter in our journey, the realisation of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
The word ‘hospice’ is not a word that many relate to with happy thoughts, and I much prefer the Latin ‘a resting place on life’s journey’. I know from our experience that you cannot go into a children’s hospice and not be filled instantly with love, laughter, happiness and tears. That is what we are all about, providing a safe place for all, a place to be yourself and have a safe pair of loving arms around you, as much or as little as you need them.
Alexander has left us as a family, and those that work at Alexander Devine, a beautiful legacy. We meet the most incredible children, families, supporters, donors and volunteers. Each of them has a different story and each valued and important.
Thank you for being a part of this journey, a journey that will continue on with your help and support.
Fiona & John Devine
is to provide a children’s hospice service within Berkshire and surrounding counties that will give children and families a choice of care and support from a dedicated team
is to reach out to every child and family who needs us, offering support and care from people who understand
Our core values
And resolute in our service to all those that need us
To enable whoever comes into contact with us, the power and courage to make decisions, ask questions or simply to be
We value you and each other, because we are all unique and special in our own way
To be consistent in our ethos and values, principles and actions. To always behave and hold the integrity of our charity as core
To provide an environment of protection, support, growth and encouragement
To know that we will provide a place of safety for everyone to express their feelings, thoughts and emotions, without judgment
Our Senior Management Team
We are governed by a Board of Trustees that not only ensures the money we raise is used in the best possible way but that we are also doing all we can to reach and help as many families and children that need us.
The every-day running of the hospice is the responsibility of the members of our Senior Management Team:
Co-Founder & CEO
Director of Care
Director of HR & Wellbeing
Director of Finance
Our accounts and reports
Can you help?
The support we receive from individuals, businesses and volunteers enables us to run our vital children’s hospice service across the whole of Berkshire and surrounding counties.
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