PARKY'S EVENT RAISES ALMOST £40,000 FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPICE FUND

PUBLISHED: 15:01 28 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:12 20 February 2013

PARKY'S EVENT RAISES ALMOST £40,000 FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPICE FUND

PARKY'S EVENT RAISES ALMOST £40,000 FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPICE FUND

Sir Michael Parkinson's Cabaret Evening at Wentworth was a great success, and a huge boost for the charity which has announced that an anonymous benefactor has gifted it six acres of land near Maidenhead.

Sir Michael Parkinsons Cabaret Evening at Wentworth was a great success, and the close to 40,000 raised is a huge boost for the charity which has announced that an anonymous benefactor has gifted it six acres of land near Maidenhead.

Alexander Devine is working to build Berkshires childrens hospice, to offer support to over 330 local families who have children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The charity has already funded two Alexanders Nurses, who support these sick children, and their families, in their own homes throughout the county.

Sir Michaels invaluable contribution to the success of this local charity was highlighted by Fiona Devine in her welcome speech at the event: Sir Michael took a huge leap of faith when he met with my husband John and myself not long after we lost our amazing son Alexander. He understood from the outset the vital need for a local childrens hospice in the Berkshire area, and he has worked tirelessly with us to make this happen. He is now as much a part of the fabric of Alexander Devine as John and myself.

For his part, Sir Michael told his guests, who included the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, another Patron of the charity, and her husband Philip, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Windsor & Maidenhead: I am incredibly proud of this charity which keeps the family at the heart of all it does. Fiona and John and the team have achieved an incredible amount over the last 12 months establishing a second Alexanders Nurse to help families in west Berkshire, and securing the donation of land on which to build the hospice. There is still a long way to go as we wait to hear about planning permission for the land, but I have no doubt that we will build this local childrens hospice for these very special children and their families.

The entertainment on the evening included dazzling performances from Laurie Holloway and his trio, Kenny Lynch, Joe Stilgoe and jazz sensation, Clare Teal. The cabaret came to a close with another rousing performance by the inimitable Rolf Harris, who had guests on their feet singing along to such classics as Waltzing Matilda and Two Little Boys.

If you would like to help Alexander Devine Childrens Hospice Service in any way, please call Janet Brewer on

07920 000040 or email fundraising@alexanderdevine.org.

See www.alexanderdevine.org for more.

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