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Building the first of its kind

One cause which received heartfelt support from their local depot was the building of the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice in Berkshire...

Alexander Devine Children

The first of its kind in the county, the hospice has been set up to support children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families.

The hospice and charitable trust was the conception of Fiona and John Devine, who lost their son Alexander after being diagnosed with a brain tumour at just four years of age. During the four and half years that Alexander endured numerous operations, treatments and therapy it became clear to his parents that a dedicated hospice was greatly needed;- and so the journey began.

The 6-acre site for the hospice was donated by a local benefactor and Beard Construction, who has been a Howdens account holder for many years agreed to take on the project. Fiona and John were overjoyed when in 2015 they were awarded £99,488 from BBC Children In Need to help fund the build project.

After being contacted by Beard Construction and the architects, the Windsor depot were keen to support the trust and agreed to donate cabinets and appliances. Over 10 rooms have been equipped with kitchen products ranging from single base units to a whole Tewkesbury kitchen in the main dining area.