Alexander Devine Childrens Hospice Service provides essential support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families across Berkshire and the surrounding counties.
John and Fiona Devine from Windsor set up the charity in memory of their extraordinary little boy who sadly passed away in 2006 at the age of eight from a rare brain tumour. Their personal experience, and subsequent extensive research, led them to realise that there was a vital need for a local childrens hospice service and hospice.
Our childrens hospice service means very different things for each child and their family and as such, our care is very personal. Whatever and wherever the need, we are dedicated to bringing comfort and care to these families. Our services include respite care, specialist play, symptom management, family support, end of life care and bereavement support. Care is delivered either at home, in hospital, in schools or within our very own childrens hospice, which was opened summer 2018. Designed to complement the community service, the hospice has state-of-the-art facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, music room, games room, family accommodation and bereavement suite.
We currently support over 130 children and their families, but we are committed to growing our service and reaching out to every child and their family that needs us. In Berkshire and the surrounding counties we know that there are over 1,200 children with life-limiting conditions.
96% of what we need to deliver our childrens hospice service comes from voluntary donations and every penny that is raised makes a real difference to local families.