Ty Hafan

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donna's desert adventure

Last November, fabulous fundraiser Donna Baddeley braved the searing heat of the Sahara Desert, to take on a trek and raise money for us. Donna is Chief Executive of Bridgend based Valleys To Coast Housing Ltd, who have kindly chosen Tŷ Hafan as their charity of the year.

"My name is Donna Baddeley, and in November I joined eight other fifty something women to undertake a short trek in the Sahara desert. I figured that if I was going to be pushing myself to the extremes, I might as well do some good, and so I set up a Just giving page for Tŷ Hafan, which is my company’s chosen charity of the year.

The colleagues at Valleys to Coast Housing chose to support Tŷ Hafan as we knew of the amazing work you do to support families at the most difficult times imaginable. We have many parents working in our teams, and as our children are so precious, we wanted to be able to do something to actively help others.

The Sahara was a beautiful and changing landscape. The way the sun created shadows on the dunes was astonishing and ever changing. (Although some areas did look like Merthyr Mawr times a hundred!).

We were led by our lovely guide Abraham and we had 3 camels carrying our food and drink. We camped in old fashioned canvas tents in the middle of nowhere! It was extremely cold at night and pretty hot and humid in the day.

It was the trip of a lifetime and created many fabulous memories … as well as some handy cash for the charity!"