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Maidenhead children's hospice construction to begin

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image captionProposals for the hospice include six en-suite bedrooms and a hydrotherapy pool
Work to build a £5m hospice for terminally ill children in Berkshire will begin in September, the charity behind it has said.
Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service still needs to raise £1m to complete the project in Maidenhead.
Fiona and John Devine set up the charity in 2007 after their son Alexander, 8, died from a brain tumour.
Mrs Devine described the hospice as "a legacy and a testament to Alexander and other children like him".
The couple hope the hospice will support families who currently have to travel outside of the county to receive care.
image copyrightAlexander Devine Children's Hospice Service
image captionAlexander Devine was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was four
Proposals for the building, which already has planning permission, include six en-suite bedrooms for live-in patients and a hydrotherapy pool.
Mrs Devine said it would also provide six "day case" places for patients, a toddler group for those who find it difficult to access nursery care, as well as groups for siblings and grandparents.
The hospice will be built close to the M4 at White Waltham and Cox Green and is expected to take 15 months to complete.
Sir Michael Parkinson is the founder patron of the charity, which also helps care for patients in their own homes.

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