TV presenter Anna Ryder Richardson will join a family supported by Tŷ Hafan to officially open the charity’s latest shop in Bridge Street, Haverfordwest, at 12pm on Friday 8 August.
The location of Tŷ Hafan’s 27th shop has been chosen as the charity supports many life-limited children and their families from the Pembrokeshire area. Since 1999, 26 families from the region have received care and support from Tŷ Hafan, including brothers Michael and Samuel Gooding, who will cut the ribbon alongside Anna Ryder Richardson.
Michael and Samuel from Kilgetty are both deficient in a specific growth hormone which has delayed their development and, at 15 and 18, they are both quite small for their age. They also have the condition known as hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia which means they do not have the ability to sweat.
Looking after these two lively boys who need constant care can put a huge strain on their parents who so welcome the support from Tŷ Hafan. Michael and Samuel love going to Tŷ Hafan where they receive expert one-to-one care and attention while mum and dad have a very well deserved rest.
David, their father, said: “Tŷ Hafan is an invaluable part of our lives. Not only is it one of the fun highlights of the year for Samuel and Michael, it also provides essential respite for our family and helps us to focus on their younger siblings. The staff are incredibly friendly and supportive and it is a comfort to know that there is always somebody available to help if needed.”
Anna, who has supported Tŷ Hafan for many years, said: “I’m really excited to be opening Tŷ Hafan’s 27th shop alongside a very special family from Pembrokeshire. Tŷ Hafan is a cause that is very close to my heart and I feel honoured to be supporting the event on Friday. I have had a sneak preview of the shop and it looks fabulous! I have donated some of my clothes and would urge others to do the same as it’s a great way to declutter your home as well as making a big difference to the lives of life-limited children and their families from across Wales.”
All Tŷ Hafan’s shops have a reputation of being pleasurable places to browse and find high-quality bargains and the latest addition is no exception. The shops make a valuable contribution to the running costs of Tŷ Hafan and the services it provides to life-limited children, young people and their families from across Wales.
Donations of good quality clothing, books, toys, CDs and DVDs are all very welcome and Tŷ Hafan is also looking for volunteers to help out at the new shop.