Ty Hafan

#family friday

heartfelt and poignant fundraiser

kev johnsI was honoured to have hosted a fundraising dinner for Tŷ Hafan, organised by Barclays Bank at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea.

Tŷ Hafan offers comfort, care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families so they can make the most of the time they have left together.

It allows parents and carers to relax and recharge their batteries, and it makes sure the needs of brothers and sisters are never forgotten.

Tŷ Hafan, while located in the village of Sully in the Vale of Glamorgan, offers care to children from all over Wales and many from Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire have received remarkable care and support from Tŷ Hafan.

At the dinner last week, Tŷ Hafan was represented by Business and Community Fundraiser, Rebecca Chick, and Cath Thompson, Head of Care Services.

Rebecca rolled her sleeves up and got stuck into the fundraising and Cath told the guests some incredible Tŷ Hafan stories. It's not always easy to hold the attention of a big crowd at a dinner, it can be a noisy affair and to hold a room you have to be experienced or tell a story that compels people to listen. Cath, I'm sure, is an experienced speaker but the story that she told was incredible, and I have never known a room to fall silent so quickly as people hung on every word she said.

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Over my time, I have introduced some of the best-known speakers from the worlds of sport and entertainment at venues all over the United Kingdom, but I have never been touched or affected more by someone who spoke from the heart.

I know it touched everyone there, and the event, which attracted around 200 people, raised £16,000 for Tŷ Hafan. Wow!

As was pointed out, there was no events company behind the organising of the event, just a team of very capable, very caring staff at Barclays who wanted to make a difference! Well done.