This week, we held a special birthday party at the hospice to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tŷ Hafan Scout group – the only hospice based Scout group in Wales.
The Group, which was the first of its kind in the UK, was opened back in 2008 by BBC Wales presenters Lucy and Rhodri Owen and has been thriving ever since. Every child who comes to Tŷ Hafan becomes a member of the Scouts, and the Group is also open to their brothers and sisters.
The Group, which has its very own Tŷ Hafan Scout uniform, runs regular sessions at Tŷ Hafan where its activities include rope making, pyrography and other Scout skills.
Around 50 people attended the party, which took place on 18 July, including current and past members of the Group, previous parents, Tŷ Hafan CEO Rob Jones, the Mayor of Penarth, Jon Luxton and the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith. Guests were treated to hot dogs and cakes, marshmallows roasted on a log fire and camp songs. The hospice was presented with a framed Tŷ Hafan Scouts ten year neckerchief.
Ruth Weltch, Group Scout Leader explains: “The Group has been a huge success, and we felt it was right to celebrate the first decade with a party.
"The Group was set up as part of Scouting’s centenary celebrations and through the dedication of its Leaders it’s going from strength to strength.
"Among the highlights over the past ten years have been finding creative ways for the referred children to enjoy Scouting activities that we sometimes take for granted, and being able to take the siblings on adventurous camps.
In August, ten siblings will be taking part in their first Scout camp, when we join with another Scout Group, 1st Pentwyn Scouts, at the Jurassic International Jamboree in Dorset. This is thanks to the sponsorship from Steve Knapton, a Tŷ Hafan Ambassador, Nolan Construction and the Archbishop of Wales Charity. Sponsorship is very important to us because unlike other Scout Groups which charge subscription, Scouting is free to all children and siblings at Tŷ Hafan”.
Here’s to keeping the camp fires burning for the next ten years!