Ty Hafan

celebrity ambassador

celebrity ambassador

Many celebrities have supported Tŷ Hafan since 1999 to help us offer comfort, care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families. 

By being the face of a campaign, helping us celebrate a milestone, attending an event or simply providing a quote or photo, they help Tŷ Hafan reach and connect with thousands of people.

To find out more about how you can become a Celebrity Ambassador, please call us on 029 2053 2199 or email be.an.ambassadors@tyhafan.org

our current celebrity ambassadors

leigh halfpennyLeigh Halfpenny

A Wales and British Lions rugby union superstar, Leigh became a Charity Ambassador for Tŷ Hafan in November 2013. Since then, Leigh made his first visit to our hospice in December, joining in with children and families as they enjoyed some Christmas festivities and games. In the same month, Leigh added the BBC Sports Personality of the Year runner-up prize to his 2013 Welsh Sports Personality of the Year award. Congratulations!

“Tŷ Hafan is one charity I was really excited about helping out and being part of. It was an obvious choice for me. The work they do here is incredible."

lucy_owenLucy Owen

TV news presenter Lucy is regularly welcomed into our homes as part of the BBC’s Wales Today and X-Ray programmes. As a Tŷ Hafan Charity Ambassador since 2007, we’ve also been delighted to welcome Lucy to the hospice many times to meet the children and families we support. In 2008, this involved Lucy and her husband, Rhodri, launching our very own scout group. Plus, Lucy also donned a rather fetching cape and flashing headgear to take part in our 2013 Midnight Sleep Walk.

rhodri owenRhodri Owen

TV and radio presenter Rhodri is a familiar face and voice to many of us. As well as being the lead voice for Radio Wales, he has presented programmes such as BBC1’s Short Change, BBC2’s Britain’s Dream Homes and ITV’s Wish You Were Here...? Married to fellow Tŷ Hafan Charity Ambassador Lucy Owen, Rhodri has supported us in many ways since 2007, including hosting our Christmas carol concert in Cardiff’s City Hall.

“When you’re having a bad day, it’s very humbling to think of the incredible children and parents who Tŷ Hafan helps to support. They and the charity are a true inspiration.”

mark colbourne

Mark Colbourne MBE

After breaking his back in a near fatal paragliding accident in May 2009 Mark Colbourne MBE was left with lower leg paralysis and foot drop in both feet. Mark fought for 12 months to learn to walk again with walking aids and now prides himself as a Paralympic Champion. He annihilated the current world record by 7 seconds in the morning and then went on to beat it again by 0.2 seconds in the final on the same night. In what is his preferred event on the track, Mark went on to win the 3km pursuit and obtain his first Paralympic Gold medal.

An articulate speaker, Mark has gained vast experience in making keynote speeches at corporate events and seminars across the World. His powerful style and epic life story uplifts every audience and with his humble approach to life, he never fails to leave anyone inspired.


john barrowman

John Barrowman

Actor, singer, dancer and writer, John has starred in many musicals on Broadway and in London’s West End. He’s also appeared in numerous TV shows, and is probably best known as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood. John, who has a home in Sully, became a Celebrity Ambassador for Tŷ Hafan in 2009. As well as visiting the hospice many times, he launched our Midnight Sleep Walk in 2012.

“Tŷ Hafan has a very special place in my heart. I’m always amazed by how much love and joy fills the hospice when I visit it.”

mark wallaceMark Wallace

Considered Glamorgan’s best ever run-scoring wicketkeeper, Welsh cricketer Mark Wallace has a personal reason for becoming one of our Charity Ambassadors. Tŷ Hafan cared for his wife’s goddaughter and her family before she sadly passed away. Already, to help more children receive our vital support, Mark has done a lot to raise awareness of our services, including sporting a Tŷ Hafan sticker on the back of his cricket bat.

I have a real connection with the charity, and I think they do a fantastic job in supporting not only the children but the whole family as well"


charitable ambassador

We need people from all backgrounds to raise awareness of Tŷ Hafan and boost fundraising within communities throughout Wales.