I’m Hannah and I’m the Community Services Manager at Tŷ Hafan. Last weekend I was fortunate to be invited to be part of the incredible Chefs’ Night Out 2017. This was the fifth time the event had been held and the commitment, talent and dedication shown by Huw and David the organisers, along with all the chefs, their teams and everyone else involved was utterly awe-inspiring.
For one night, top chefs from across the UK (many of them home grown talent from Wales) came together to share one kitchen. They each provided a unique dining experience for ten guests. There was so much that was special about the evening – the setting at St David’s Hotel and Spa was beautiful, the food magnificent and every detail had carefully been considered but what was most special was the compassion and generosity of all those present.
I was asked to give a speech at the event about what Tŷ Hafan is and what we aim to provide families across Wales. It was an honour to represent all those who are part of the Tŷ Hafan family and I was able to share some of the special memories I have of Tŷ Hafan families and the precious lives of their children.
David Loosemoore described Tŷ Hafan as providing small miracles - a smile, a special memory, family cuddles and a steadying hand when it all feels like too much to bear. It’s in these miracles we see light in times of darkness. The courage of children and young people, the unconditional love shown by families and the generosity of spirit both shown by families in the support they offer one another, and by supporters in their unfaltering shared belief in a short life but a full life. To me, this is Tŷ Hafan. I’m very proud to play some small part and very thankful for the unfaltering support of communities across Wales, not least those who showed their support last Saturday evening. The evening raised a total of £150,000, an extraordinary amount that will quite simple create small miracles for children when they need it most.
A huge thank you to everyone who made that happen and to all of our supporters across Wales who, without you, none of what we do would be possible.