The calendar came about after a conversation I had with one of our dads, Paul Fears, who is also the photographer on the project. It was a project that we both wanted to do but it was finding the right concept that was important.
It was after our discussions that I thought about the ‘Baring all’ concept as it’s so important to me that the dads message is heard.
When I told the dads about the concept for the calendar, I was taken aback by how many wanted to be involved and were happy to literally bare all. I think it really highlighted how amazing our families are and how willing they are to help support the hospice. Being involved in a project like this was clearly something that they had not done before but their willingness to do so really drove me to make it a reality.
I am extremely proud of how the calendar has turned out and the efforts of all involved, especially Paul and Josh, who gave up their services and time completely free of charge. Both of them bared all too which really showed how important this project was to us all.
It wasn’t my intention to be in the calendar at first, but as time went on I felt it was important that I was, as I wanted to show my support for the dads and that I am willing to stand along side them on their journeys; and how could I ask them to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself?
I hope that the Welsh public can get behind this project and buy the calendar. It’s not only an easy way to support Tŷ Hafan but also a visual treat that will keep on giving all year.
Let’s see how many homes and businesses we can get our calendar in and prove, yet again, what an incredibly supportive community we are in Wales.
All proceeds from the calendar supports Tŷ Hafan’s work with life-limited children, young people and their families from across Wales. Get your copy from one of our 31 shops across Wales or online by clicking here: http://tyhafanshop.org/product/dads-calendar/