Thursday November 14th 2013 was a momentous day for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service as we launched our capital campaign to raise £5m over 2 years to build Berkshire's one and only Children's Hospice.
The launch was held at Fredrick's Hotel in Maidenhead and hosted by our Co-Founder Fiona Devine and Founder Patron Sir Michael Parkinson.
Over 70 local representatives attended this milestone event from local businesses, charitable trusts, organisations and local community groups.
Sir Michael told the audience that it was crunch time and he encouraged people to get involved whether it be as fundraisers, through networking with their peer group or volunteering their skills.
Plans for our six bedroomed hospice were on view which will offer overnight respite for children and their families, as well as day care, bereavement and end of life care services. It will house a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, a specialist arts and crafts room and a music therapy room.
Fiona explained at the launch how in that past week she had received two calls from Berkshire families who needed our help desperately. Unfortunately we couldn't meet their needs without our hospice build. Fiona told the audience how it left her feeling devastated and heartbroken that we couldn't do more.
The launch got off to a flying start with two considerable donations from two charitable trusts making the starting pot for the capital campaign £300k. Pledges have also been received for the music therapy room, one of our six bedrooms and the design and landscaping of our gardens.
We are so thankful to all the amazing support that we receive through our local community and do hope that you'll continue on our journey as we get closer to turning the first piece of soil for our hospice build.
What small difference could you make to your life for a short period of time, which will in turn make a big difference to the lives of local children of Berkshire who need this local hospice care? What is your guilty pleasure? That thing you really can't live without, is it chocolate, wine, social media or just that daily frothy coffee? The idea is to either be sponsored to give it up or to donate the money saved during that period. It doesn't have to be during Lent, people can adopt this challenge at any time that suits them. How about giving up talking for a day, Facebook for a week, walking to work for a month, or maybe chocolate for the whole of lent? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas or download your pack here.
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.