Crowds gathered early for the opening of Tŷ Hafan’s new shop in the heart of Tenby on Friday 13 March.
Two very special guests, sisters, Molly and Emily, opened the charity’s 29th shop located at 24 High Street, and the Mayor of Tenby Cllr Sue Lane, said a few words of support before the cutting of the ribbon.
Molly, 11, and Emily, nine, both suffer from a rare genetic condition called Rett Syndrome. It mainly affects females and sadly means that the girls are expected to have a short life.
The family from Pembrokeshire have been using Tŷ Hafan’s services for the last four years and were delighted to have been asked to open the shop.
Their mum, Sarah, said: “It was such a special day and we were thrilled and honoured that we were invited to open the shop. It was wonderful to see the picture of the girls by the till and the day has given us precious memories which we’ll cherish forever.”
She added: “We can’t imagine our lives now without being part of the Tŷ Hafan family. Without them, and the support from the public, it would be very tough on all the families.”
The new store follows other recent Tŷ Hafan shop openings in Haverfordwest and Aberystwyth. Eager shoppers flooded into the shop and more than £700 worth of items were sold in just five hours.
Matt Williams, Tŷ Hafan’s Retail General Manager, said: “We had a great welcome from the people of Tenby, and we were privileged to be joined by Molly and Emily who stole the show with their bright smiles.”
Tŷ Hafan’s shops raise around a third of the income needed by the charity to provides its services, free of charge, to families with children not expected to reach adulthood.