I started as a volunteer in the hospice early in 2012 to carry on the dedicated work of my dear friend Jenny Harris who had volunteered here before her sad and early death.
My role is to help the House coordinator in making sure that the family bedrooms are ‘spic-and-span’ with clean and fresh laundry, and washing and ironing all the children's bedding and towels that are used.
There are always many other things to be done to help keep the hospice a bright and beautiful place like arranging flowers and watering plants and overall making sure that Tŷ Hafan is always a welcoming place. When I started work I was not sure what to expect.
Yes it is a place where there are life-limited children, but there are families too who come for a much-needed break, and the sight of a mother in her pj's having breakfast at the table, having had a lie in, watching siblings of the child playing and being entertained by the Care Team, and the sick child having fun as well captures the ethos of the place.
There is a positive, cheerful, happy atmosphere around Tŷ Hafan and when I think how I feel getting into a clean, fresh bed after a tiring day, I get satisfaction thinking about a child, or family getting into a bed with sheets that I have laundered.