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Louis Baylis grant helped hospice when funding halted

A £1,000 grant from the Louis Baylis Trust assisted Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice when its fundraising income stopped ‘almost overnight’.

A £1,000 grant from the Louis Baylis Trust assisted Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice when its fundraising income stopped ‘almost overnight’.

The Advertiser’s owner has given the grant to the Snowball Hill charity as part of its coronavirus emergency fund, as well as supporting a number of other good causes in the area.

Alexander Devine, like other charities, has been hit hard by COVID-19 with a lack of fundraising income.

In March a plea from the hospice’s co-founder Fiona Devine resulted in almost £30,000 being donated.

“When our fundraising income stopped almost overnight as a result of COVID-19, we were incredibly grateful to have the rapid assistance of trusts like Louis Baylis to help us through this difficult time,” Fiona said.

“Their funding enabled our Alexander’s Care Team to continue supporting those children and families that depend on our children’s hospice service.

“Throughout the lockdown, we have adapted our services to make sure we can continue to be there for children and families that rely on us.

“Across the community, our team has been providing symptom management, respite visits, clinical assessments, virtual contact, music therapy, specialist play and bereavement support. It is also responsive to provide end of life care when it is needed.”

From Tuesday, June 23, the children and families that the hospice supports will have access to care and facilities at its building in Maidenhead again, following the relaxation of lockdown rules.

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