Now that we’ve just about got our head around the whopping £96,486 raised on the night, we thought we’d list some of our top five favourite moments from the evening, starting with…
One of our bereaved Tŷ Hafan dads, James Meacham, bravely agreed to speak at the evening. He spoke about his son, Thomas, who we cared for at Tŷ Hafan, and all about the support James and his family received from us.
James spoke about how Thomas was a healthy young boy up until he was 8 years old. He loved karate, rock climbing with his dad and walking his Labrador, just like any other 8 year old, but then everything changed. Thomas died in June with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) — a rare and incurable condition that affects the white matter of the brain, causing deafness, blindness, and physical weakness.
James’ account of Thomas and the life-changing care he received at Tŷ Hafan completely struck the room. The guests fell silent as everyone listened to James’ every word. Despite having to take some deep breaths, James captured the room with his honesty and humour, and as the speech ended, every person in the room stood up, giving James a much-deserved stand ovation.
This was the turning point in the evening when everyone wanted to do everything they could to raise money for Tŷ Hafan in Thomas’ memory.
After our ambassador, Mark Colbourne MBE, kindly stepped in at the very last minute as a co-auctioneer along with our host Clare Hingott, we knew that we were in for a successful auction.
The final two auction lots of the evening were ‘care packages’ directly linked to the hospice refurbishment. Mark and Clare asked the room to bid for five children’s medical units, but amazingly, 12 people put their hands up to purchase one.
This was an incredible moment.
They then moved onto the final lot, which focused on funding specialised children’s beds which would make the children’s stays that bit more comfortable. Clare and Mark aimed to fund 3 beds at £2,500 each — but 7 were sold!
Alfie Jones is a Tŷ Hafan sibling but also an incredibly talented performer. Earlier this year he won a competition to sing at the Butterfly Ball in London (for Caudwell Children), singing alongside the likes of Leona Lewis and Chaka Khan. We felt very lucky to have him perform at the ball.
He sang a magical rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Misérables which was certainly a highlight of the evening (and a tear-jerker!)
Clare Hingott is a professional Welsh actress and singer, best known for playing Cheryl in TV series, Stella. Clare added real warmth to the evening and made sensitive subjects throughout the night light-hearted and positive. She got the room behind our cause and engaged the guests with her knowledge and passion of Tŷ Hafan.
London-based soul and Motown band ‘All That Soul’ brought glitz, glamour and timeless live music to the evening. As our late-night entertainment, the group got everyone in the room up and dancing and were a fantastic way to celebrate the successful evening.