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"youngster’s birthday fundraiser"

My name is Ellis and for my 10th birthday party I planned a pool party for my class in school. As I usually have lots of presents from friends and family for my birthday, I thought it would be a good idea to donate some money instead of having presents this year. Read More

Paul Fears

"what a journey!"

Since the Women's Institute's Calendar Girls, hundreds of charity calendars are released each year.  To make this work, we realised that we needed to be slightly different.   Read More

Dads bare all

"dads bare all"

The calendar came about after a conversation I had with one of our dads, Paul Fears, who is also the photographer on the project. It was a project that we both wanted to do but it was finding the right concept that was important. Read More


"contractor tackles the paris marathon"

I first became aware of Tŷ Hafan about 12 years ago. The landlord of my local pub in Blackwood used to run fundraising events for the hospice.  Read More


"i'm a slow walker, but i never walk back"

Jasmine Spence has pledged to Pay for a Day of care, currently costing £10,958, by taking on some incredible fundraising challenges that includes organising and hosting an evening of music at Buffalo Bar in Cardiff and culminating in trekking Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, with her father Ian. Read More


"sore feet, big smiles"

Quantum Advisory has been actively fundraising over the past few months as part of Tŷ Hafan’s “Pay for a Day” initiative – with the aim of raising £11,000 to pay for a whole day of care at Tŷ Hafan. Read More


"judges blown away by windmill winners "

Congratulations to the winners of our windmill design competition!  Children supported by Tŷ Hafan created windmills at the hospice and the winning designs will be replicated for next Summer.  Read More

helen and emma

"grab your trainers and sign up for the cardiff half!"

So for years I have toyed with the idea of attempting to ‘run’ the Cardiff Half Marathon and for years I have put it off with always a great excuse: too  busy, ‘there’s always next year’ attitude, getting pregnant and having Jack (that’s at least two years out, right?). Read More

Emma and Helen Cardiff Half Marathon

"join emma and helen for this year’s cardiff half"

In the lead up to the half marathon my days were as varied as discussing training plans, to deciding what colour dress a male participant should run in…I was hooked.  Read More

football dads

"tŷ hafan’s match of the day"

As well as caring for life-limited children and young people, Tŷ Hafan’s support extends to mums, dads, siblings and grandparents.  Our dads’ group continues to go from strength–to–strength, and last weekend , we held a Dads’ vs Staff football match in Bridgend. Read More

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elain's story

Little Elain James was referred to Tŷ Hafan in January 2011. Elain was antenatally diagnosed with congenital heart disease, but it wasn’t until she was born that her family knew the full extent of her illness. Read More


alyssia's story

When Alyssia was four months old, her mum, Danielle, noticed she wasn’t developing like other babies her age. Read More


ellis' story

Whilst battling cancer as a baby, Ellis Smith from Cwmbran was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a genetic condition causing benign tumours to grow inside the body. Read More


alice’s story

They were told the most devastating news any parent can hear – their unborn daughter had a condition that meant it was very likely she would die in childhood. Read More


callum's story

My name is Amie and my son, Callum, goes to  Tŷ Hafan. He loves it and so does the whole family. Read More


casey's story

Three-year-old Casey was born with severe brain damage following complications at birth. He has since been diagnosed with severe epilepsy, spasms, cortical visual impairment and evolving cerebral palsy. Read More


rhys' story

From spending time with his mates to playing video games or going bowling, outgoing Rhys loves nothing more than staying at Tŷ Hafan. Read More


willow’s story

Kelly and Damien Matthews were devastated when they were told their daughter may not survive her first few days due to a life-threatening condition called Central Hypoventilation.  Read More


olivia's story

12-year-old Olivia suffers from cerebral palsy, visual impairment and physical delay. Read More

archie watson

archie's story

We hit our first anniversary, Archie’s birthday on 6 September. It was a lot harder than we had expected. Read More


The Autumn Internationals are almost upon us! Join the launch party at Cardiff Bierkeller on 4th November for Ty Hafan !

Georgie concludes our #DadsBareAll calendar by appearing in the month of December His beautiful four-year-old daughter Ailyla was referred to Tŷ Hafan at the end of last year. He said: "Despite her problems, we all adore her and we know we have to make the most every moment with her. She’s beautiful and we love her to bits.” Georgie has also suffered his own health problems. At the age of 11, his lower leg was amputated after he was diagnosed with bone cancer. He said: “It hasn’t stopped me doing anything I have wanted to achieve. I never felt comfortable wearing shorts or showing my leg, so it was quite liberating doing the calendar.”

We are often overwhelmed by the kindness of our supporters. One particular supporter, 10-year-old Ellis has melted all our hearts with his fundraising story. He said: “My name is Ellis and for my 10th birthday party I planned a pool party for my class in school. As I usually have lots of presents from friends and family for my birthday, I thought it would be a good idea to donate some money instead of having presents this year.” Thank you Ellis! Read why he decided to support Tŷ Hafan in today’s #FamilyFriday blog: https://www.tyhafan.org/our-blog/2016/10/21/youngsters-birthday-fundraiser/

Brave dads David and Matthew bared all for the month of November in our #dadsbareall calendar. David from Cardiff said: "I wanted to be involved to give a little bit back. Thank you Tŷ Hafan." Matthew from Pontypridd said: "I want to give something back to Tŷ Hafan...and some front!"

We still have some Gold Bond places up for grabs for next year's London Marathon. If you missed out on getting a place or fancy challenging yourself, why not run for Tŷ Hafan? The deadline for applications is 28 October. Please contact diane.stringer@tyhafan.org to apply.

Starters are served at Cornerstone Cardiff for Bartholomew Hawkins charity dinner in aid of Ty Hafan

October in our #dadsbareall calendar features dads Huw and Adrian. Huw from Barry (left) said: "I want to help Tŷ Hafan for all that they’ve done for us... and I can’t run marathons!” Adrian from Merthyr Tydfil (right) “I want to let other dads know that there is help and support out there.” Buy your copy from our shops or order online by visiting: http://tyhafanshop.org/product/dads-calendar/

Great to see coverage of the Ty Hafan #DadsBareAll calendar in the South Wales Argus Offices http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14802531.Dad_bares_all_for_Ty_Hafan_calender_as_thank_you_for_daughter_s_care/

Greg Murdoch from Cardiff was brave enough to bare all for the month of September in our #dadsbareall calendar. Thank you Greg for your support and thank you to everyone who has bought a copy so far.


RT Thank you to everyone who sponsored Ely Fire Station in the Cardiff 10k, so far the total is £3,128.60 for @tyhafanhttps://t.co/qsQHsVv143

RT There's still time for your business to participate in our Great Charity #BakeOff today! Charities @PATCHcharityhttps://t.co/eYQ8PFTDZT

RT Thank you Ely @SWFireandRescue Station for supporting @tyhafan running this years #cardiff10k in memory of friend &… https://t.co/UxxVJs6l26

RT @PATCHcharity @Paulsartoriorg @tyhafan Kindly RT this poster in the hope we can attract more businesses to take par… https://t.co/b7FcRc6Kns

RT The amazing @ChloePOnline gets us on the catwalk again @tyhafan https://t.co/MxZrbmEwvP

RT @anna_bowyer & brave n brilliant @tyhafan sibs are having a special few days away, remembering their brothers &sisters #sibsneedustoo

RT Fab workshop today @loveyourclothes @SticheryStudio #CapitolCentreCardiff upcycling an old shirt into an apron!🙌😁 https://t.co/tqOQi7RJJh

@michelle_120882 @PenelopeColli10 That's fab news! Thank you to those who have donated items to us, we really appreciate it.