Alexander Devine charity prepares for annual Santa Dash

The Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is gearing up for an autumn of fundraising events including a pumpkin party, the Santa Dash and quiz nights.

The charity is pushing for the final £500,000 needed for its hospice, which is being built in Woodlands Park and is expected to open next year.

A big event for the charity is the annual Santa Dash which takes place in Windsor on Sunday, November 27.

The event is now open for people to sign up and the charity is also looking for volunteers to marshal the dash.

Susie Knowles, community fundraiser said: “We are more excited than ever about this fabulous festive event, the popularity for our Santa Dash has grown year on year and the atmosphere on the day is just brilliant.

“We are thrilled to now be taking our route right through the town centre and along The Long Walk, we can’t wait!”

Other fundraising events including a pumpkin party in Windsor Royal Shopping on Saturday, October 29 and a master chocolatier workshop run by Mark Tiling at The Royal Oak in Paley Street on Friday, November 18.

There will be a quiz night at The Belgian Arms in Holyport on Monday, November 21.

Fiona Devine, co-founder of the charity, said great progress had been made with the hospice.

She said: “All rooms are now plastered and are mist coated. The bedrooms are all taking shape with all the medical gases now embedded in the false bedhead wall to give a non-clinical feel.

“Our commercial back of house kitchen is being geared up ready for the specialist equipment that will provide not only physical nourishment to our families but give them the quality time together over a home-cooked meal.

“Our beautiful fireplace, as our focal point in our hallway, is getting ready to receive Father Christmas!”

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