Our care

Caring for the child and the whole family

We understand that having a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition can impact on everything you do. That’s why we have an holistic approach that is bespoke for every child and their family in order to provide the best possible care and support that they need. 

As well as the clinical care, we open up opportunities for children and their siblings to experience fun, joy and adventures, and help families make precious memories for as long as they have.

Our services

Getting support from us doesn’t have to mean a child’s death is imminent as our end of life care and bereavement support is just a part of what we do.

Our service areas include:

Respite care

Specialist play

Symptom management

Family support

End of life care

Bereavement support

Alexander’s Care Team

Alexander’s Care Team is skilled in looking after children with complex healthcare needs.

Our team of dedicated professionals include qualified nurses, clinical nurse specialists, carers, play specialists, a music therapist, counsellors and doctors.  

We work in close partnership with the NHS, local authorities and other professionals to ensure a joined-up approach and deliver care that is needed for each child and their family.

Alexander Devine care team with little boy.
Alexander Devine Children in Gardens with Lego figures.

In the community

A significant amount of our hospice service is carried out in the community. This might be in the family home, in hospital or in schools. Wherever the child and family needs us.

For these families our visits provide much needed respite and we can bring support and services to their home.

We understand that good quality respite care is absolutely essential for the health and wellbeing of families caring for children with complex healthcare needs. Therefore we want to give families regular opportunities to take precious time for themselves and have the peace of mind that the clinical needs of their child are being met.

Our children’s hospice

Our purpose-built children’s hospice, located just off the M4 near Maidenhead, was opened in 2018.

It was designed to complement the existing community service with state-of-the-art-facilities for all the family to enjoy, including: a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, music room, games room, outdoor playground and sensory garden, six children’s bedrooms, two self-contained family flats and a bereavement suite with its own garden.

Alexander Devine Ball pit play

Sensory room

A fully-equipped sensory room which is a wonderful safe space to engage  children of all ages and abilities in stimulating play.

Girl and mum enjoying messy play.

Creative learning zone

The messiest room in the house and where masterpieces are created that are completely priceless to families. It is also a place for children to maximise their learning capacity.

Young girl playing with a xylophone.

Music room

A dedicated room with an array of musical instruments for children to express themselves and stimulate their senses.

Young girl and nurse playing in the hydrotherapy pool.

Hydrotherapy pool

A space for the children to splash around, relax and spend precious time together with their family. For a child confined to a wheelchair, the freedom of movement in water is a priceless gift.

Outdoor adventures at the hospice

Outside, our woodland-themed sensory garden offers an interactive and safe environment with wheelchair-friendly winding pathways, a mud kitchen, musical play pieces, scented plants and raised flower beds. Nestled amongst the plants and flowers are a host of LEGO models built by the talented team of LEGOLAND Model Makers.

In 2020, we also opened our exciting adventure playground that has been designed with special equipment to enable the children of all abilities we care for and their siblings to play together.

Young boy playing with lego sunflower.

Take a look around

Let Aaron and Habibah, two of the young people that we support, take you on a tour of our hospice.

View photos of our hospice. Please click on on the thumbnails below to enlarge.

Who we support

We are here to help children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from birth until they are 19 years old.  We support families from all faiths, cultures and ethnic groups.

We cover the whole of Berkshire and many of the surrounding counties and our support is provided free of charge and available all year round.

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.

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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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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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