It costs us more than £1.6 million to run our children’s hospice service each year

Our children’s hospice service only receives enough NHS funding to pay for about two weeks of our service. We therefore rely on donations and fundraising to pay for the other 50 weeks each year.

Each year it costs us more than £1.6 million to run our children’s hospice service across Berkshire and the surrounding counties. This means we need to raise over £4,500 each day to keep supporting local children and their families.

We need your help!

Whether it’s volunteering, fundraising, corporate partnerships or community awareness, there are so many ways you can help support local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

You can make a real difference.

£10 could buy a day of oxygen for children with respiratory disease, £15 could pay for a memory box for a bereaved family. We need to raise £4500 each day to run our hospice.

Get involved

If you are looking to hold your own event, take part in a challenge or want to get involved with our fundraising activities, we can help.

We have a number of resources you can download to help you collect sponsorship and advertise your fundraising activity. We can also help if you need t-shirts, balloons, collection buckets or other fundraising support.

Get in touch

Our fundraising team would love to hear from you – call 01628 822777 or email them today!

With your community group

Over the years we have visited and worked with a variety of community groups to share our story and inspire their members. We’ve been supported by Harley Davidson owners, golfers, crafters, gardeners and rotary clubs, to name just a few! All of them have helped us reach a much wider audience and also raised an incredible amount of money for us.

In recent years we have also had friends come together and set up their own Community Fundraising Groups. We currently have groups in Maidenhead, Wokingham, Reading and Newbury. They have done amazing things for us including running pop-up shops, arranging toy collections, creating beautiful knitted items to sell and arranging fun social events like quiz nights and garden parties.

These groups have been fantastic ambassadors for our charity in their local area as well as making a huge difference with their fundraising efforts.

If you would like us to come and speak to your group or you are interested in starting up your own group, please get in touch with our team.

At school

From dress down days to fancy dress sponsored walks, summer fetes to colouring competitions, bake sales to taking part in our Santa Dash, we are always amazed by the creative fundraising ideas young students come up with!

We have been fortunate to work with lots of local schools across Berkshire and the surrounding counties. We have lots of ideas and we are always happy to have a chat if you have something in mind.

As well as fundraising, our work with schools is an important way of raising awareness about Alexander Devine and the challenges that the children and families we support are facing. If you would like one of our community team to come and speak to your students about the work we do, please do get in touch. 

If your school is interested in helping Alexander Devine, please contact the fundraising team on 01628 822777 or email.

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At your work

Our corporate partnerships have made a real difference to the lives of local children and their families. We know that in return their involvement with us has made a positive impact on their business. Staff motivation, retention and team building as well as demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility are just some of these benefits.

Every business is different and your dedicated account manager will work with you to build a mutually beneficial partnership that supports our work, whilst meeting your objectives. Currently our corporate partners are choosing to support in a number of different ways including:

  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Charity of the year partnership
  • Participation in our major fundraising events
  • Gifts in kind and pro bono support
  • Pay for a day
  • Payroll giving

If you think your workplace might be interested, please get in contact with one of our corporate fundraisers to discuss how you can start making a big difference to the lives of those in need in your local community.

Trusts and Foundations

If you are part of a Charitable Trust or Foundation and would like to support the work of our vital children’s hospice service, we would love to hear from you. 

If your trustees would like to see first-hand what we do and the difference it makes to local children and their families, we would be more than happy to arrange hospice visits.

For more information contact our Trusts and Foundation Fundraiser by email or call 01628 822777.

Little boy and nurses smiling and holding up 'Thank you' sign.


Our volunteers are a vital part of our charity – at the hospice, within the care team and across the community.

Our volunteers come from all corners of Berkshire and the surrounding counties. From bucket collections to grass cutting, care support to helping run community events, every minute of their time makes a massive difference to us.


Our year is full of fundraising events to suit most tastes – from the Devine Daredevil Skydive to our Windsor Santa Dash, Heaven Sent Ball in spring to Scrummy Mummy curry night in winter.

Take a look at our events calendar to see what’s happening near you. It is updated regularly so please check back!

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We wanted to pay tribute to a very special young man who has been part of our Alexander Devine family for the past six years. A few weeks ago we had our final home visit with him before he transitions to an adult hospice.

This extraordinary young man has has brought so much joy, laughter and love to us all Alexander Devine. Amongst many things, we will miss his cheeky sense of humour and love of singing!

Here's to you Tomi, our superhero!
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Thank you so much to Naomi from Wild Heart Yoga for helping to raise money for us. Naomi is streaming live yoga sessions for free and asking students to make a donation to Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. Head to her page for details of all her classes.First live stream class done! That was really scary for me but so glad I did it. Was wonderful to see all my lovely students, Miss you all so much! Shoved everything out of the way, had a big roll of carpet in front of me, a step ladder, paint and my dog moaning but it was lovely all the same 😂
I’ll be teaching more classes next week - details to follow. Classes will free but I’m asking people to donate money to charities. My suggested is @alexanderdevinehospice but the choice is yours.
Let’s use this as a chance to give something back! Much love ♥️💫🤪🙌🏻 #yogaonline #zoom #wildheartyoga #charityyoga #stayhome #yoga #spreadlove

Ps. Message me to book onto classes
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On this day 13 years ago, Fiona Devine established Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service after her son Alexander tragically passed away.

Today Fiona has published an Open Letter in response to the Covid-19 crisis, urging our supporters and local community to help us. You can read the letter in full here.

To each and every one of you, please give what you can to help us maintain our much-needed and valued service. We need your help now more than ever.
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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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