About us

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

Alexander

Our vision

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

Our mission

is to reach out to every child and family who needs us, offering support and care from people who understand

Our core values

Determined

And resolute in our service to all those that need us

Empowering

To enable whoever comes into contact with us, the power and courage to make decisions, ask questions or simply to be

Valuing others

We value you and each other, because we are all unique and special in our own way

Integrity

To be consistent in our ethos and values, principles and actions. To always behave and hold the integrity of our charity as core

Nurture

To provide an environment of protection, support, growth and encouragement

Empathy

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:

Fiona Devine

Fiona Devine

Co-Founder & CEO

Helen Bennett

Helen Bennett

Director of Care

Warren King

Warren King

Director of HR & Wellbeing

Andrew Rice

Andrew Rice

Director of Finance

Our awards

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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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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