Learning about a friend’s experiences volunteering in a children’s hospice in Yorkshire, Suzanne started on a journey that would change her life and those of families in Wales forever.
Through a little investigating, Suzanne discovered that because there was no children’s hospice in Wales many families with life-limited children were not receiving all of the care they needed.
Determined to change this, Suzanne, who is from Beddau near Pontypridd, spearheaded a fundraising campaign to open a children’s hospice in south Wales.
Thanks to the generosity and kindness of the public, Suzanne’s hard work was rewarded in 1999 when Tŷ Hafan opened its doors for the very first time.
Five years later, the Queen acknowledged this incredible achievement by awarding Suzanne an MBE in her 2004 New Year’s Honours List.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Suzanne continued to play an active role in the development of Tŷ Hafan until she retired in 2011 at the age of 90.
On the morning of 10 January 2017, the Tŷ Hafan family received the incredibly sad news that Suzanne had passed away at the age of 95.
Suzanne was a true inspiration to the staff and families at Tŷ Hafan.
Her dedication and commitment in launching the children’s hospice 18 years ago meant that hundreds of families across Wales have been given a light in the dark while facing the realities of caring for a child with a life-limiting condition.
We will all greatly miss Suzanne’s warmth and determination. Every one of us at the charity will honour her legacy by continuing to do all we can to support families who need us.