Ty Hafan

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our midwinter festival of lights

Finding innovative ways to support our Tŷ Hafan families, to maintain the connections between families and staff and to provide opportunities to have fun times is key to all we do.
As we face into a second festive season where life continues to be impacted by restrictions from the pandemic it was more important than ever that we found creative opportunities to remind our families we are always here for them, to provide them with some festive cheer and to find sparkles of light in a time of darkness for many.

Our ‘Festival of Lights’ is back, bigger and better than last year. 

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An idea borne out of necessity during the height of Covid restrictions in midwinter 2020 proved so successful that it will now remain a key event in our Christmas event calendar. 

In the last week or so our team have spent many happy (if chilly) hours festooning our beautiful outdoor space with an amazing array of light features and Christmas activities.

This year we have also made the most of an enormous marquee, donated by the incredibly generous Rob Pearce from TAD Ltd and Lewis Smith from LT Scaffold Services Ltd, and our lovely new sensory garden area courtesy of Greenfingers. 

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Additionally, we have been donated lots of extra light features this year and the display was made even more fantastic by a super donation from Rich at Figure of Eight Events.

Families were invited to come along for pre-booked slots to wander through the beautifully lit grounds, join in a selection of Christmas activities en route and finish with some Christmas cheer, warming drinks and comforting chat with the team and each other.

As an outdoor event, and with careful consideration of how to keep our families and each other as safe as possible, we are really proud of how much this event has touched the hearts of the families we work with.

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Here’s what a couple of our family members had to say about our Festival of Lights:

“Wonderful walk, full of Christmas spirit and beautiful lights! Smiles all around” - Ruby Nash.

It is fair to say the event has quickly become a favourite with our staff too. They tell us that they are overwhelmed by how much our families get out of opportunities like this and, as always, love to see the happy smiles of all the children and families visiting.

Just wanted to say thank you to all of the care team for last night. My family really enjoyed it. My nephew is four so he was running around like crazy. My niece is only 10 months so can't tell much what she thought but she was quiet the whole way round so we'll say she enjoyed it too!” – Linda Harris.

Thank you to you and your team for a super light show yesterday evening. The place looked amazing, and our Tŷ Hafan colleagues really entered into the spirit of the occasion. My family were really impressed and asked me to please pass on their thanks as well” – Kevin Logsdon.

So thank you to everyone who has supported this event in any and every way.