A bereaved couple and the parents of a toddler with a life-threatening condition have raised more than £4,000 for Tŷ Hafan after holding a tea party to mark the charity’s 15th anniversary.
Stephen Price and his fiancée, Angela, along with little Alice Hicks’ parents Ian and Hannah, wanted to give something back Tŷ Hafan after receiving “incredible” support from the charity.
The two couples from Cardiff, who have been friends for many years, held the tea party and disco at Ely Conservative Club in November and donated £4,123 to the children’s hospice last week.
Stephen and Angela’s daughter, Katie, was born in 2011 with a serious condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It was while Katie was on the neonatal intensive care unit in Bristol that one of the staff mentioned Tŷ Hafan and, at six days’ old, the hospice arranged for Katie to be moved by ambulance to its base in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Katie died just half an hour later, in Stephen’s arms, surrounded by her large family, including older sisters Chloe, 15, Shannon, 17 and Sophie, 18.
Stephen said: “We don’t know what we would have done without Tŷ Hafan. They helped us at a time when we needed it the most and still support us today. They are always there if we need someone to talk to and we will never forget what they did for us.”
Hannah Hicks, whose daughter Alice was born with hydranencephaly– a central nervous disorder – said: “It’s really nice to give something back after all they’ve done for us. We have been friends with Stephen and Angela for a long time and we wanted to organise the tea party together to raise as much funds as possible to help other families in the same situation.”
A raffle, auction, bucket collections, face painting and disco all contributed to the amazing fundraising total of £4,123.
The two families have successfully raised the largest amount from a tea party in 2014.