Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service
Building the Children's Hospice Service for Berkshire
Chris Stallwood Beard Montage


Fundraiser Chris Stallwood is within a whisker of completing a year of challenges in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
Chris, who lives in Maidenhead and works for Penguin Productions in Windsor, takes on the 12th and final event on Thursday, January 22nd when the long, bushy beard he has been growing since January 1st, 2014, is shaved off live on stage at the Firestation Arts Centre in St Leonard’s Road, Windsor, SL4 3BL.
Chris and his band will also be performing during the Open Mic evening playing cover versions of songs by Australian band, The Beards – naturally! The show starts at 8pm, admission is free.
Chris’s 12 challenges have included a gruelling Tough Mudder obstacle course, and the ultramarathon 100k Race To The Stones for which he was joined by his Penguin colleagues. Chris says: “The ultramarathon took two days and it was so hard, especially as there was a massive thunderstorm for the last 10k. But it was so great to all cross the finish line together, a real feeling of euphoria and the challenge brought the whole team closer together.”
It has been a challenge for Chris’s wife, Tina, who disliked his fast-growing beard so much she has refused to kiss him since May last year. It was only last week that Chris trimmed his long, whiskery moustache for the first time. He said: “It became a real nuisance, whatever I ate or drank ended up in my moustache, but by far the worst thing was not being kissed by Tina!”
Chris has raised almost £3,600 so far and is hoping that the Great British Beard Off will bring in more donations. To sponsor Chris visit

Fiona and John Devine receive the Charity of the Year Award from Fiona Bruce
We win!!! Charity of the Year 2014!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we won Charity of the Year 2014 at the recent Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards in Reading, hosted by Fiona Bruce and Nick Hewer. We were one of six finalists in our category and... were so surprised to be announced as the winners! Judges Andy and Darren from James Cowper said "We were blown away by this charity. It was not only about turning a personal tragedy into something so positive, it was about the journey from where they have come from, where they are and where they are going to. Simply inspirational". Fiona and John Devine were thrilled to receive the award and are pictured here with Fiona Bruce.

Scrummy Mummy Curry Night
Scrummy Mummy Curry Night 2015

***CALLING ALL LADIES!!*** Hurray...Scrummy Mummy Curry Night is back!! Got the Christmas blues? Need something to look forward to? Well look no further, join us on 28th January 2015 for our annual fun night out for the ladies with our wonderful hosts, Zaman Indian Restaurant in Datchet. A night of good company, good food and all in aid of a good cause! If you haven’t been before, get a group of girls together and  join in the fun. This is a popular night so reserve your place by emailing: or call: 0845 055 8276 - CLICK HERE for the flyer.

Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service was founded in 2007 with the aim of providing a dedicated children's hospice service for all children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses in Berkshire and beyond.

Families tell us that they find it difficult to find the right support at the right time and we understand that it is the whole family who need to be looked after. Our ultimate aim is to provide well co-ordinated support, which is available from the point of diagnosis for as long a families want, either in the home or in our local hospice.

We currently fund Alexander's Nurses who provide quite unique specialised care and respite by regularly supporting families in their own homes – our service is unique because we work very closely with all our local NHS hospitals so that families receive a 'joined-up service'.

To read more about Alexander – who remains the inspiration behind the charity, from its inception to today, please take a look at our 'About Us' section.

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Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

15, Grove Park Business Estate,
Waltham Road,
White Waltham,
Maidenhead, Berks

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General Enquiries:
Tel: 0845 055 8276

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Tel: 0845 055 8276
or   01628 822777


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