25 January marks just the beginning of year long’s programme of events and activity, so we can celebrate 20 years of love and care, highlight our extraordinary achievements, and look forward to the next 20 years.
It was the determination of one woman from South Wales, combined with the outstanding generosity of the people of Wales, that led to the creation of Tŷ Hafan – the nation’s first children’s hospice.
Recognising the lack of provision for life-limited children and their families, Tŷ Hafan founder Suzanne Goodall launched an 11 year fundraising campaign to build the hospice, and provide support and short break care to families across Wales coping with unimaginable stress.
And on 25 January 1999, Tŷ Hafan eventually opened its doors and the very first families crossed its threshold.
Nowadays, nearly 800 children, and 750 families later, it costs £4.2million to run Tŷ Hafan, and with only 4% of our funding coming from the Government, it’s purely down to the commitment and generosity of our amazing volunteers, fundraisers, corporate partners and supporters that we can continue to provide our lifeline services to the families that need them the most.
So, over the coming year, we’ll be celebrating our volunteers, our supporters, our partners, our ambassadors, our staff and, very importantly, our hospice families, who have shown so much dignity, love and resilience in the face of the challenges that they live through every single day.
Just some of the highlights of the coming year will include our usual annual fundraising events and activities like the GE welsh3peaks challenge, our corporate ball and or Family Fun Day, which will take place alongside a whole host of brand new activities like the Character Chase which launces in the Spring and our very first Ride to the Rugby event which kicks off in just 4 days time.
Another first for us will be expansion of our services into communities not yet reached by Tŷ Hafan, as we introduce our very first community based children’s palliative care nurse in Powys.
And back at the hospice, 2019 will see the start of a much needed exciting renovation, where we’re investing in our facilities to ensure that we can continue to serve those families in Wales who need us for the next 20 years.
Remembrance – to commemorate and celebrate the lives of Tŷ Hafan children.
Renovation – to create a hospice fit for the future.
Reach – to expand Tŷ Hafan’s impact across Wales.
Resilience – to ensure that Tŷ Hafan is there for the next 20 years.
And it’s in the spirit of these themes that we’ll tell the Tŷ Hafan story, both past and future.