A children's hospice based in Maidenhead has been backed by a national charity keen on spreading smiles and joy.

'Spread a Smile' has announced it is supporting Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service by providing entertainment opportunities to the children and their families

Alexander Devine offers vital care to babies, children, young people and their families with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across Berkshire and into surrounding counties. 

Young people in their care will now be given the opportunity to sign up to entertainment visits throughout the year at family events, treat drops and bespoke art sessions.

Spread a Smile’s mission is to bring joy and laughter to as many seriously ill children as possible in NHS hospitals, clinical settings, hospices and homes across the UK. 

Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service joins three other hospices and 31 major and speciality NHS hospitals already supported by Spread a Smile.

The Spread a Smile team contain musicians, artists, magicians and therapy dogs.

Laura Walter, Spread a Smile Director of Services said: "We are delighted to be working with Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

"It's a very special place and we are proud to be able to share the Spread a Smile magic and reach even more children and young people in the hospice setting."