07:00PM, Friday 13 November 2015
A cash boost of nearly £100,000 has been given to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice to support its home care nurses.
Children In Need has donated £99,488, spread over three years, to the charity which has just started construction work on Berkshire’s first children’s hospice.
Alexander Devine is one of eight charities which Children In Need is supporting locally, with funds also going to projects including Home Start Slough based in Burnham.
The funding boost to Alexander Devine will ensure that its specialist nurses are still able to work with as many families in need across the county, supporting them with day to day activities.
Fiona Devine, co-founder of the charity, said: “We all know how all children love to play, but when you are a life limited child or a child with complex health needs, play becomes even more important. It can give our extraordinary children a voice, a way to show their feelings and express themselves.
“The wonderful BBC Children in Need grant has enabled us to develop our service further, enabling us to reach out to more children and their families.
“Through the BBC Children in Need grant we have employed Catherine, our play specialist. She has become a vital part of our care team here at Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. She visits the children at home with bags full of toys and activities. She works through different play focused activities which support the children physically and emotionally as they live with their conditions.
“She works closely with their siblings organising days out and giving them opportunities to meet other children of the same age who are sharing the same experiences.
“Children in Need has made a huge difference to the many children with life-limiting conditions and their families and has ultimately brought a little more fun and laughter back into their lives.”
The Children in Need Appeal Show airs from 7.30pm tonight (Friday) on BBC One.
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