01:28PM, Monday 25 April 2016
‘One last push’ is needed by Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service to fundraise the final £875,000 needed for its capital campaign.
The charity is appealing for the community to dig deep in its pockets to ensure that its specially designed children’s hospice can be finished.
The hospice build is well underway despite some delays after issues with the groundwork, meaning the build is about five weeks behind schedule. However, charity co-founder Fiona Devine is still proud of the build and can already see many of the rooms taking shape.
Fiona said: “It is a beautiful building. I already have a favourite room, the Hug Room. You can see where all the bedrooms are going to be with wonderful views over the fields.
“It is a big project but it’s wonderfully designed and the constructors are just lovely.
“We do just need that one last push of donations though.
“We have done fantastically but we aren’t there yet.
“The sooner we can raise the capital the quicker we can then focus on core costs and it would be wonderful to be able to achieve that sooner rather than later.
“My heartfelt thanks to all our donors and supporters, however large or small the funds or gifts, this has enabled us to get this far.”
The hospice is being built in Snowball Hill, and will be the first children’s hospice in Berkshire.
Groundbreaking took place in September last year with charity supporters being joined by patrons Theresa May MP and Sir Michael Parkinson for the ceremony.