Ground Is Broken At Start of Hospice Construction
2nd October 2015 Paul Andrews
Ground-breaking ceremony marks start of construction of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Maidenhead
Fiona Devine’s dream of opening Berkshire’s first children’s hospice is a step closer following a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of works.
More than 150 guests were invited to the ceremony including the Charity’s Patrons The Rt Hon Teresa May MP and broadcaster and author Sir Michael Parkinson.
Fiona and John Devine set up a hospice at home service in memory of their little boy, who sadly passed away in 2006 from a rare brain tumour, aged only eight years old. They have been aiming to open a hospice and have been undertaking fundraising to enable them to achieve their dream. The charity is providing care for more than 50 children.
The 6-acre site for the hospice was donated by a local benefactor. The six-bedroom hospice is expected to take 16-18 months to build.
Fiona Devine says “Our home from home will be a place of love and laughter, a special place to make special memories. It’s about children being children, in a safe environment; a place where parents feel they can safely be with their children, a secure, safe, loving environment, where no judgments are made. Even very sick children enjoy having an exciting, stimulating place to play and laugh with their brothers, and sisters, friends and family.”
Alexander Devine are still fundraising for this worthy cause. To find out more about them visit www.alexanderdevine.org
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