Tŷ Hafan was invited to enter a team in the annual golf tournament organised by the National House Building Council (NHBC) and I was thrilled to be invited and play alongside two other Tŷ Hafan dads and Gareth Jenkins.
The golf day was being held at the Green Meadow Golf and Country Club near Cwmbran, a picturesque course that was hosting the competition for the second year.
NHBC has been arranging a golf day to raise money for Tŷ Hafan since 2000, raising over £40,000. NHBC is the UK's leading independent standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes. They state their purpose is to work with the house-building industry to raise the standards of new homes and to provide protection for homebuyers in the form of Buildmark warranty and insurance.
It is only when you attend events such as this that you realise the extent of the work and fundraising activity of companies and organisations such as the NHBC. This was their 18th golf tournament organised for Tŷ Hafan and I was staggered to hear how much they have raised. They even have a bronze leaf in recognition of their amazing support on Tŷ Hafan's Gift Tree.
Fourteen teams entered this year’s tournament and our group started with hope of victory in our hearts. The clouds were slowly being burnt away by the sun and the temperature was rising. Gareth and I were regretting wearing our black #5in55 polo shirts. By the time we left the green of the first hole, our hopes of a surprising victory had already disappeared and we decided that we were just going to enjoy the day. The wonderful thing about playing golf is that there is a lot of time walking and talking and it was great to spend that time with fellow dads and Gareth.
Once everyone had completed the course and cooled off with a much-needed shower, we congregated in the dining area for the presentations and a meal. However, before those proceedings began, Paul Edwards, NHBC’s Regional Director West and Wales, spoke about the history of the tournament and their association with Tŷ Hafan.
Paul was followed by Natalie Whyatt, a Corporate Partnership Manager for Tŷ Hafan, who played one of the new videos talking about the importance of the nurses at Tŷ Hafan. The room was silent. It was the first time I had seen the video and it was fantastic. Gareth and I also spoke about the work Tŷ Hafan does and the incredible support it gives families with children who have life-limiting illnesses.
It was a great day and I just wanted to thank NHBC and all the companies who entered teams. Support like this often goes unnoticed, but is so incredibly important in raising the necessary funds that enable Tŷ Hafan to continue supporting families like mine.
And before the next tournament, I think I need to spend some time practicing at the driving range and on the putting green.