CBeebies presenter Doctor Jess French was a welcome guest at a spring fun day held at the new children's hospice in Maidenhead on Thursday.

Doctor French who presents the CBeebies series Minibeast Adventures with Jess, visited the hospice which is run by the Alexander Devine Children Hospice Service charity to help plant trees donated by the Octopus Energy company.

The company is donating trees to charities and groups across the country.

The hospice was chosen to benefit after being put forward by one of the Alexander Care Team, Sarah Maskell.

Sarah said: "I'm thrilled that my nomination has resulted in this fantastic addition to the gardens. The species have been selected for their sensory impact so will be enjoyed by the children in many different ways as they grow. It is also so exciting to be chosen by Octopus Energy for the special visit from Jess French. What a wonderful treat for our children and their siblings."

During the family day, the children and their families participated in various activities, arranged and supported by the Alexander Care Team. It included an Easter egg hunt with toys donated by local companies and community groups.

Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is an award-winning charity that provides essential support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families across Berkshire and the surrounding communities.

John and Fiona Devine from Windsor set up the charity in memory of their son who died at the age of eight in early 2006 from a rare brain tumour. As well as raising the money for the children's hospice their charity has also worked with people in their home offering support and respite for parents and carers of sick children.