A group of fundraisers from Newbury who have raised more than £17,000 for a Berkshire children’s hospice have been treated to a VIP tour of the facility ahead of its opening as a thank you for their efforts.
The group, spearheaded by Colleen Walker and Jane Fairchild, has been tirelessly fundraising for the soon-to-be-completed Alexander Devine children’s hospice in Maidenhead.
They set up the hospice’s Newbury fundraising group, and have been selling knitted and crocheted toys and decorations at local markets and fairs.
Members of the group were joined on the tour by Newbury’s mayor and mayoress David and Marion Fenn, who paid tribute to their efforts.
Mr and Mrs Fenn said: “We were lucky enough to join the team of wonderful fundraisers from Newbury for a tour of the Alexander Devine hospice.
“We were able to share with them in seeing how every penny of the £17,000 they have raised to date has been spent.
“Nobody wants to face losing a child, but when life is destined to end early it is marvellous that such a loving and nurturing warm environment is available.
“We wish the hospice well as it nears opening and thank you to our local fundraisers, as well as all supporters who give generously to bring this much-needed facility to fruition.”
The hospice is being set up by John and Fiona Devine in memory of their son Alexander, who died in 2006 aged eight from a rare brain tumour.
Work started on the hospice in September 2015, and it is due to open this autumn as the first children’s hospice in the county.
The build is estimated to cost £6.8million, with the hospice providing care for children and young people up to the age of 19.
Almost 100 children and their families in Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire are already being supported by the hospice’s charity.