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Community & Charity

In 2019, The Oracle Charity Partnership Scheme is supporting the following charities:

Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service - Local couple, Fiona and John Devine set up this local charity, named after their son, Alexander, who sadly died aged just 8 from a rare brain tumour. During the four years that Alexander was ill they realised the desperate need for a local children’s hospice.

Today Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service funds Alexander’s Nurses who run a community service in the home,  providing respite, palliative care and end of life care.   Alexander Devine has also built a local children’s hospice on donated land in Maidenhead to provide families with greater flexibility, choice, and ongoing sustainable support. This will be a home from home providing love, care and support for the whole family. The children’s hospice will open later this year.

If you would like to make a real difference to local children with life limiting or life threatening conditions and their families and support the work of Alexander Devine in any way, please get in touch.

Contact or call 01628 822777. See for more information, events and latest job opportunities.

Launchpad - Launchpad is a charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people turn their lives around and fulfil their potential.

They provide three services to prevent homelessness in Reading:

• Housing with support. They house 140 people and with individual targeted support help people get their lives back on track.

• Preventing homelessness. Their  Floating Support service is for anyone in unsuitable accommodation or at risk of becoming homeless, supporting over 400 Reading people a year, 25% of whom are vulnerable families.

• Drop-in. For anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness related advice. Helping prevent a problem becoming a crisis. Hundreds of people visit the drop-in for advice, guidance and support.

Launchpad began as a soup kitchen in 1979 and used to be known as Reading Single Homeless Project until 2011. Today, they’re called Launchpad Reading. Based in bright premises in central Reading, they provide accommodation, support and education to people in the town who need help.

For more information on Launchpad, click here

Thames Valley Air Ambulance - Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) is now one of the UK’s leading air ambulance charities. It provides a unique emergency service to patients, where and when they need it most.

TVAA’s Specialist Doctor and Paramedic crews deliver an advanced level of medical care to the roadside to quickly treat seriously ill or injured patients at the scene.

The service costs almost £2.4 million per year, all of which is publicly funded. TVAA does not receive any government funding or support from the National Lottery. Instead it relies entirely on the generosity of the public to keep the vital emergency medical service running.

For more information, click here

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