They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is true at Tŷ Hafan – the hospice for children in Wales.
Ever since Tŷ Hafan opened in 1999, the kitchen and dining area has been a hive of activity and is described by families and staff as the “hub” of the building.
Whether families are enjoying a home-made cooked meal or a member of staff is having a comforting cup of tea, it has always been a well-loved area. But, after 15 years of use, the kitchen had started looking tired and in need of an upgrade.
Today, the kitchen has been completely transformed thanks to tireless fundraising by the public and donations from local businesses. The £140,000 refurbishment offers state-of-the-art catering facilities, opportunities for cookery therapy and a separate domestic kitchen specifically designed to provide families with greater independence while resident at the hospice.
Jayne Saunders, Director of Care at Tŷ Hafan, said: “We aim to create a homely atmosphere for our families which is why the new kitchen is a wonderful addition to the hospice. The refurbishment provides a positive and uplifting environment and the feedback we’ve had from families has been fantastic.
“The kitchen and living room area is a space for families to relax, providing opportunities for parents to chat together and perhaps share experiences. Families can use the new domestic kitchen to cook their own food, eat a takeaway or even just sit back to watch TV with a cup of tea or coffee.
“We are delighted with the new kitchen and we can’t thank our supporters enough for making it happen.”
The impressive kitchen boasts brand new equipment, including top-of-the-range ovens and fridges, a new store room and a separate, smaller kitchen for parents and families to enjoy. B&M Stores, Dow Corning, Next, Ray of Light Trust, Sigma 3, St James’s Place Foundation, RWE Npower, Wallace and Gromit Foundation and Zurich Community Trust have all made contributions to the kitchen refurbishment.
Four top chefs who took part in Chefs’ Night Out – a gala dinner which raised £125,000 Tŷ Hafan last weekend – enjoyed a visit to Tŷ Hafan and were incredibly impressed with the new kitchen when they decorated cakes with children and families.
It costs £3.7m a year to provide the charity’s state-of-the art facilities at Sully and its support services to families out in the community. To make a donation please visit www.tyhafan.org