During her retirement, Suzanne Goodall felt driven to open the first children’s hospice in Wales and offer care to life-limited children and young people.
After 11 years of fundraising and hard work, Tŷ Hafan opened in 1999 and immediately began to bring much-needed comfort and support to families in Wales.
Since then the hard work has continued, as we’ve aimed to develop our services to meet all of the needs of the children, young people and families we support.
Recently, this involved the construction of a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool to provide a valuable sensory experience to children and their families.
In 2013, we also built a new Care Service facility at the hospice to provide training facilities for care staff and bring all of Tŷ Hafan’s head office staff to our Sully site.
But Tŷ Hafan is much more than bricks and mortar. We have become a whole philosophy of care that reaches right into the heart of homes to learn about the lives of families so we can tailor our support to their needs.
Over the past 15 years, this has led to nearly 600 children and their families benefiting from the care and support we provide at the hospice and in their homes.
In the future, we expect this number to rise significantly. Our mission is to identify and make contact with every child in Wales who is expected to die in childhood and offer them Tŷ Hafan’s unique care and support.
In 1988, Suzanne Goodall was recently retired and wondering how she would fill her time. Find out her story and how she founded Tŷ Hafan.