Alexander Devine hospice on track for autumn 2016 finish

Alexander Devine hospice on track for autumn 2016 finish

Grace Witherden

Alexander Devine hospice on track for autumn 2016 finish

Builders have been busy at the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice site since the ground breaking ceremony in September.

The site in Woodlands Park, which will be home to the first children’s hospice in Berkshire, is ‘on schedule’ and is set to be complete by autumn next year.

Thanks to the kind weather so far this winter, the foundations are already in place.

Fiona Devine, co-founder of the charity said: “We’re delighted that the build is on schedule; foundations, drainage and block and beam are all complete and the block work is rising from the ground!

“We hope for a kind winter which has so far enabled a good start for our contractors and will hopefully keep the build on schedule. The building timeline is for it to be complete by autumn 2016 to be opened in the spring of 2017.”

The charity has raised £4 million of its £5 million 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 the hospice.

Ground was broken on the site in September in a ceremony which was attended by charity patrons Sir Michael Parkinson and the Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May.

Fiona said: “We are exceptionally grateful for all the support that we have received to date but we still need to raise over £1 million towards our capital campaign.”

The charity helps 55 children in Berkshire and more than 600 families have been identified as in need of support.

Visit alexanderdevine.org if you would like to fundraise for the charity.

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