Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice
We are an award-winning charity that provides essential support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families across Berkshire and the surrounding communities.
John and Fiona Devine from Windsor set up the charity in memory of their extraordinary little boy who sadly passed away in 2006 at the age of eight from a rare brain tumour. Their personal experience, and subsequent extensive research, led them to realise that there was a vital need for a local children’s hospice service and hospice.
Our children’s hospice service means very different things for each child and their family and as such, our care is very personal. Whatever and wherever the need, we are dedicated to bringing comfort and care to these families. Our services include respite care, specialist play, symptom management, and family support, end of life care and bereavement support. Care is delivered either at home, in hospital, in schools or within our very own children’s hospice, which was opened summer 2018. Designed to complement the community service, the hospice has state-of-the-art facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, music room, games room, family accommodation and bereavement suite.
We currently support around 120 children and their families, but we are committed to growing our service and reaching out to every child and their family that needs us. In Berkshire, alone we know that there are over 600 children with life-limiting conditions.
Almost all the money we need to deliver our children’s hospice service comes from voluntary donations and every penny-raised make a real difference to local families.
Camp Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs and their families, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment.
For general enquiries please contact: Annabel Hill, Centre Manager
Henley Music School
Henley Music School is a charity offering music education in all its forms to anyone regardless of age, ability, background or means.
This includes individual lessons, with free loan of instrument, small group lessons, school clubs, school curriculum lessons, large ensemble coaching and music school Sunday’s. Another arm of the school is HMS Rocks, which gathers children who would like to be in a band and coaches them weekly. HMS also runs Henley Youthful Orchestra an inclusive adult orchestra for rusty older musicians. All of these offerings are offered with up to 100% bursary on fees.
They support all four primary schools in Henley with their music provision which is heavily subsidised, or in some cases free, and currently teach over 130 individual instrumental lessons, as well as having 70 children registered for music school Sunday. HMS funds their own autism specialist piano teacher who teaches 17 autistic children in local schools. Put this all together and HMS provides over 500 children and 100 adults with the opportunity to learn and love music.
Thames Hospice – Quality of life, to the end of life
Thames Hospice is the only adult hospice providing both inpatient and community palliative care services across East Berkshire, South Buckinghamshire and adjacent areas like Henley.
We support 5,000 people each year within our Hospice and in patients’ homes, and we are committed to delivering the highest quality nursing, medical and therapeutic care for our patients and their loved ones.
Thanks to the generosity of our amazing community, our services are free of charge to all who need us. In fact donations and income from our shops fund the care for 1 in 2 of our patients.
We are interested in partnerships with companies, individuals and groups who are as passionate as we are about quality of life to the end of life. Opportunities include events, challenges, volunteering and marketing.
Please contact: Frances Greaney