It is with great sadness that we announce that our founder Suzanne Goodall passed away on the morning of 10 January 207, 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.
Suzanne’s endless motivation to continue providing the best possible care and support to these families never wavered and she has remained a much-loved and highly respected figure throughout the charity.
We are all deeply saddened by today’s news and will 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.”
Suzanne’s story of how she built Tŷ Hafan
In 1988, Suzanne Goodall was recently retired and wondering how she would fill her time.
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.
Suzanne discovered that, at that time, there was no children’s hospice in Wales and families with life-limited children were not receiving all of the care they needed.
Determined to change this, Suzanne, 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.
Suzanne continued to play an active role in the development of Tŷ Hafan. She officially retired in 2011 at the age of 90, but remained in regular contact with us and was kept informed about our work.
This remarkable lady’s vision and determination has helped hundreds of life-limited children, young people and their families across Wales and will continue to help hundreds more.