Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service was set up by Fiona and John Devine following the death of their son, Alexander. The charity provides Alexander’s Nurses who provide respite care and end of life support to life-limited and life threatened children in their own homes, while raising funds to build Berkshire’s first children’s hospice.
John and Fiona Devine set up Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service in memory of their son who died in 2006 from a rare brain tumour, age 8 years.
Their experience showed there was a vital need for a local children’s hospice. The charity now funds Alexander’s Nurses who support children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in their own homes across Berkshire and the bordering areas of surrounding counties.
The charity has land to build the children’s hospice. The donated 6-acre site in Woodlands Park, near Maidenhead, is an ideal location for families, providing easy access from both the M4 and M40. To date, £3.7m of the required £5m target has been raised for the building which will provide respite, support, and emergency care and bereavement services in a home from home environment for children aged 0-19. The service will also encompass a palliative care outreach team which will provide a ‘hospice at home’
service and already funds The Alexander’s Care Team, including palliative care nurses, carers and a Play Specialist funded by a three-year Children In Need grant, who work in the community.
Alexander Devine relies on the generosity and support of local communities to carry out this vital work.