Funds still needed for charity hospice
Published: 7 Oct 2013 17:300 comments
Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is hoping to build the county’s first children’s hospice next year – but £5m still needs to be raised.
The charity wants builders to start construction work in autumn 2014, on the six-acre site in Maidenhead, which was gifted to them by a mystery donor, aiming for a summer 2015 opening.
Sherrie Bennett, who lives in Elizabeth Close, has raised money for the children’s hospice since the charity helped her four-year-old son Declan, who died from a rare blood disease in 2010.
She said: “It will make people’s lives a lot easier because it’s in Berkshire whereas before it was further afield. With it being here it saves people trips to hospitals because you can have the care at the hospice.
“It will be closer to families and friends – Declan was at Great Ormond Street (in London) a lot.” She said it will be an “emotional day” when the building is finally opened and added: “It will give me nothing but joy to see it built here. It’s massively good news.”
Fiona Devine, co-founder and chief executive, said: “We are delighted to announce that we already have £300,000 pledged towards the build and we aim to turn the first piece of soil in autumn 2014.”
But the charity still desperately needs funds for the project, and plans to launch the Capital Campaign in November to help raise £5m.
The charity moved a step closer to reaching its dream at a fundraiser last month at Wentworth Golf Club.
The charity’s founder patron, Sir Michael Parkinson, hosted the seventh annual Cabaret Evening.
The sold-out event raised more than £92,000 and Mrs Devine added: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity and continued support from the Berkshire community.”
The charity is the only service in Berkshire supporting children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and their families, by funding nurses to support families in their own homes.
It was set up by Fiona and her husband John in 2006 after their eight-year-old son Alexander died of a brain tumour.
For more information visit www.alexanderdevine.org