04:30AM, Sunday 29 June 2014
A new partnership has been launched between Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service (ADCHS) and Legoland Windsor.
The theme park, in Winkfield Road, will support the charity, set up by Fiona and John Devine from Dedworth, in building Berkshire's first children's hospice, and give magical days out to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
A small sensory garden will be created by model makers and landscape designers in the grounds of the hospice once it has been built, through Legoland's charitable foundation Merlin's Magic Wand.
Fiona Devine, ADCHS co-founder and CEO, said: "We are very excited and thrilled to be working in partnership with Legoland.
"This partnership gives the charity the opportunity to use the skills set of this highly talented organisation in a way that will help to fulfil our unique vision of a home from home that offers specialist palliative care for children."
Founder patron of the charity Sir Michael Parkinson met up with Legoland divisional director Sue Kemp to discuss the attraction's support.
He said: "It is very important that Legoland have come on board with our charity, it will make a huge difference and we are looking forward to a very long and fruitful friendship."
Legoland has already hosted 100 children and their families, who are supported by the charity, to visit the park for a fun day with the Legoland Pirates, with special access to rides and the resort hotel.
Ms Kemp said: "This is much more than the Legoland choosing a charity partner, this is a long-term relationship, from supporting fundraising, creating a wonderful sensory garden, helping families to make magical memories and continuing to fundraise once the hospice is open."
Work on building the hospice is due to start on a six-acre site near Maidenhead at the end of the year, ready to open in 2016.
The charity's mission is supported by the Express and its sister papers, the Maidenhead, Burnham and Twyford Advertisers, through the Together We Can Build It campaign.
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