Georgie Fear from Abertillery is yet to stay at Tŷ Hafan with his daughter Ailyla, but the support he has already received from the charity inspired him to take part in the dads’ calendar.
He said: “When you think of a hospice, it’s hard to believe your child needs to go there. But when we arrived at Tŷ Hafan, it’s so different to what you imagine. We felt immediately relaxed and the staff were so welcoming.”
Georgie, a 35-year-old Mechanic, is a doting dad to three children, including four-year-old Ailyla, who suffers from severe brain damage, quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and she is also blind.
“She probably has one of the worst cases of epilepsy,” said Georgie. “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 wanted to achieve. I never felt comfortable wearing shorts or showing my leg, so it was quite liberating doing the calendar.”
A keen cyclist, Georgie is pictured with his bike on Sully Beach, located opposite the hospice.
He said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the calendar. It was such a laugh to get together with all the other dads and I think the message is very powerful as dads need support as well. We have revealed not only our bodies, but also our true feelings on what it’s like to care for a life-limited child. I hope everyone gets behind the calendar and it raises lots of funds and awareness for this fantastic charity.”