Our care

Caring for the child and supporting the family

We understand that having a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition can impact on everything you do. At Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service our approach is personal and we work closely with families to provide their child with the best possible quality of care as well as the support that is needed for their family.

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 includes nurses and nursery nurses, play and music specialists, counsellors and a doctor.

Using their clinical knowledge, skills, compassion and expertise, the team can offer support to families to meet their individual needs.

They also work in close partnership with other health and social care professionals in the NHS to provide flexible and joined-up support that is personal to 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 need 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.

At the hospice

Our purpose-built 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. It has six children’s bedrooms, two self-contained flats for families, a large dining area, open plan family sitting room and Dolphin Suite, dedicated to end of life and bereavement care.

Alexander Devine Ball pit play

Sensory room

A fully-equipped sensory room which is a wonderful safe space to engage all children in stimulating play and to make special memories together.

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 specially designed 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.

We are currently building an 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.

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 the surrounding counties. Anyone can make a referral to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service and if you think your child may be eligible for our services, please do get in touch.

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We are looking for a highly organised, IT literate administrator who wants to be an integral part of our dynamic fundraising team, helping us to raise vital funds for our children’s hospice services. If you have good administrative and database skills, love people and variety and never want to be bored, you could be a real asset to our team.

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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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