09:00AM, Friday 30 October 2015
An autumn reception was held to mark two years since the launch of the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service’s capital campaign.
The charity has raised £4million of its £5million target since the campaign began in November 2013, and is now looking to gather the last million to contribute towards the building and running of Berkshire’s first children’s hospice.
Ground was broken on the hospice site, in Woodlands Park, last month.
At the reception at Windsor Guildhall, charity co-founder Fiona Devine spoke of the growing need for a children’s hospice in Berkshire.
More than 40 guests attended the charity event on Wednesday, October 21 including the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick.
The evening began with an auction which raised more than £2,000 for the charity and was run by TV auctioneer Thomas Plant from SAS Auction Services.
Fiona Devine, who co-founded the children’s hospice charity in memory of her late son Alexander, spoke of the important work and services Alexander Devine currently runs.
The charity helps 55 children in Berkshire and more than 600 families have been identified as in need of support.
Amanda Collins, trusts and foundation fundraiser at Alexander Devine said: “It is such an exciting time for the charity as we have now started building our local hospice, and we couldn’t do this without everyone’s support. It was a lovely evening and a great opportunity to express our thanks for people’s continued generosity.”
A number of fundraising events are taking place in the run up to Christmas including a Pumpkin Party, Santa Dash and children’s Christmas party in Legoland.
The charity is still looking for volunteers and company sponsorships for the events.
Visit alexanderdevine.org for more information.
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