Brave Tŷ Hafan dads have stripped off for a nude calendar to raise funds and awareness for the charity that cares for their family and supports them through their darkest times.
As well as raising a few smiles, the calendar holds a deeper meaning for all the dads involved.
Each dad has not only bared their naked bodies, but also exposed their feelings on the realities of raising a child with a life-limiting condition and how they cope when their child sadly dies.
Gareth Jenkins, Tŷ Hafan’s Male Support Worker, has led the project alongside photographer, Paul Fears, who is also a Tŷ Hafan dad.
“Dads are often expected to remain strong for the rest of the family, but this calendar shows that behind their tough exterior, they feel vulnerable too,” said Gareth.
“We hope the public not only have smiles on their faces when looking at our pictures, but also a better understanding of what life can be like for our dads and why it’s vital that they don’t face their struggles alone.”
Paul from Church Village in Cardiff said: “We felt really passionate about creating a sophisticated and classic feel to the calendar. A lot of the guys were quite nervous to brave the elements in front of the camera, but as one dad said: ‘I would go the moon and back for my son, so stripping off for this calendar was the easy bit’.”
Their modesty, kept intact by strategically placed items such as rugby balls, surf boards and bikes, each image accompanies heartfelt, as well as light-hearted descriptions about Tŷ Hafan’s support and why the group were keen to be part of the ‘Dads Bare All’ project.
The Tŷ Hafan dads’ group first started in 2008. A support network for fathers, the group enables dads to meet others in the same situation, helping them share their worries and fears about having a child with a life-limiting condition. They also have a lot of fun together and enjoy social events like going to the rugby, cricket or even just meeting for a chat.
Tŷ Hafan would like to thank Josh Llewellyn-Jones, Managing Director of J Squared Marketing, for designing the calendar free-of-charge.
All proceeds from the calendar will support Tŷ Hafan’s work with life-limited children, young people and their families from across Wales.