A bereaved couple whose baby daughter sadly died at Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales, opened the charity’s 30thshop in Cardiff City Centre on Friday 5 June.
Stephen Price, Angela Newman and their three daughters from Ely cut the ribbon at Tŷ Hafan’s most high-profile shop in Working Street, near Queen’s Arcade.
Two days later, On Sunday 7 June, the couple got married after 22 years together. Tŷ Hafan’s support never stops for bereaved families and the charity played a big part in helping them plan their big day; including helping Angela find her dream wedding dress at Emporium – Tŷ Hafan’s boutique-style shop in Cowbridge – creating bunting with rag items donated to its shops, as well as making table decorations and organising hen do activities.
Angela said: “We will never forget what Tŷ Hafan has done for our family. Losing Katie was devastating, but Tŷ Hafan helped us spend her final precious days in the most comforting environment for the whole family.”
Stephen, who has suffered his own health problems including undergoing a quadruple heart bypass, has signed up to be a volunteer for the new shop – which was opened during National Volunteers’ Week.
He said: “We were honoured to be opening the new Cardiff shop. Tŷ Hafan continues to help us so much. Although Katie passed away over three years ago, we still feel very much part of the Tŷ Hafan family.”
Tŷ Hafan’s shops make a valuable contribution to Tŷ Hafan – raising around a third of its income so the charity can provide care and support to life-limited children and their families in its hospice and out in the community.
To celebrate the opening of the shop, Tŷ Hafan has received a number of unique items including a signed Joe Calzaghe boxing glove and signed CDs from John Barrowman and Bonnie Tylor
Tŷ Hafan’s 30 shops are located across Wales and are always in need of good-quality stock donations and volunteers to lend a hand.
For more information, please visit www.tyhafan.org or call 029 2053 2200