Ty Hafan

family stories - Rhys

working with lewys and rhodri

By Charles Harris, Care Services Team Member

During Children’s Hospice Week (11-17 May) we will be hearing from each member of the Watkins family about how Tŷ Hafan supports them.

They will give an insight into what it’s like to care for their twins who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and how Tŷ Hafan is there for the whole family.

charles harrisAs one of Lewys’ links I am allocated to work with him when he visits Tŷ Hafan. But as him and his brother, Rhodri, are inseparable you pretty much work with both of them. Being a nurse at Tŷ Hafan, you want to make sure every child’s visit is one to remember, even if it does mean putting on a terrible accent and pretending you’re stuck in a plastic boat in the middle of a stormy ocean! This is in reference to a short film the boys wanted to direct, which I thought was a brilliant idea before I realised I was going to star in it. I don’t think I’ll be winning a Bafta any time soon!

The boys are quite shy at times, especially in school, and don’t feel comfortable talking to just anyone. So I was really pleased when I worked with them for the first time and we all got on well, which I’m not sure is such a blessing now because they can  be a little mischievous at times and blame it on me! However, it is always a fun day when they’re staying with us and they make me look forward to coming into work.

The family as a whole are just brilliant and I can clearly see where the boys get their bubbly personalities from because mum, dad and gran are just as pleasant to work with.

As always, I look forward to seeing them again on their next visit and hope they are just as excited.