our amazing story
During her retirement, Suzanne Goodall felt driven to open the first children’s hospice in Wales and offer care to life-limited children and young people.
After 11 years of fundraising and hard work, Tŷ Hafan opened in 1999 and immediately began to bring much-needed comfort and support to families in Wales.
Since then the hard work has continued, as we’ve aimed to develop our services to meet all of the needs of the children, young people and families we support.
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Princess Diana, Tŷ Hafan’s first patron, persuaded opera singer Luciano Pavarotti to give a concert in 1995 to raise money so we could open our hospice.
This has involved the construction of a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool to provide a valuable sensory experience to children and their families.
In 2013, we also built a new Care Service facility at the hospice to provide training facilities for care staff and bring all of Tŷ Hafan’s head office staff to our Sully site.
But Tŷ Hafan is much more than bricks and mortar. We have become a whole philosophy of care that reaches right into the heart of homes to learn about the lives of families so we can tailor our support to their needs.
Over the past 21 years, this has led to over 850 children and their families benefiting from the care and support we provide at the hospice and in their homes.
In the future, we expect this number to rise significantly. Our mission is to identify and make contact with every child in Wales who is expected to die in childhood and offer them Tŷ Hafan’s unique care and support.
tŷ hafan's founder
In 1988, Suzanne Goodall was recently retired and wondering how she would fill her time. Find out her story and how she founded Tŷ Hafan.
tŷ hafan’s timeline
1990 Tŷ Hafan registers as a charity and fundraising appeal launched at Cardiff Castle.
1993 Site obtained in Sully for the building of our hospice.
1994 South Wales Echo launches Tŷ Hafan Appeal.
1994 Diana, Princess of Wales becomes patron of Tŷ Hafan.
1995 Pavarotti holds concert in Cardiff to raise money for Tŷ Hafan.
1996 Building of our hospice commences.
1997 The hospice building is handed over to Tŷ Hafan for fitting and equipping.
1998 Tŷ Hafan’s first lottery draw and Welsh3peaks Challenge held.
1999 Tŷ Hafan opens to the first families.
1999 Hywel Thomas becomes chairman of Tŷ Hafan.
2001 HRH the Prince of Wales becomes patron of Tŷ Hafan and makes his first visit to the hospice.
2003 Tŷ Hafan increases to a seven day service.
2004 Tŷ Hafan founder Suzanne Goodall is awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year’s Honours.
2005 Expansion of family support team.
2006 Robert Lewis becomes chairman of Tŷ Hafan.
2008 Tŷ Hafan launches the first ever scout group for a hospice in Wales.
2009 Tŷ Hafan rebrands and celebrates its 10th birthday
2011 Mervyn Ham becomes chairman of Tŷ Hafan.
2011 BBC Wales screens four-part documentary series about Tŷ Hafan called Beautiful Lives.
2012 Tŷ Hafan creates Education and Research department.
2013 Tŷ Hafan receives awards from the Royal College of Nursing.
2014 Tŷ Hafan celebrates its 15th birthday and opens the first of its boutique Emporium stores in Cowbridge, our state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool and our fully accessible to all playground.
2014 Maria Timon Samra becomes chairman of Tŷ Hafan.
2015 Tŷ Hafan's kitchen gets a major £140,000 refurbishment.
2016 Our Sensory Play Room has a state-of-the-art upgrade.
2016 Martin Davies becomes chairman of Tŷ Hafan.
2017 Tŷ Hafan's founder and friend, Suzanne Goodall, passed away at the age of 95.
2019 Tŷ Hafan celebrates its 20th birthday.
2020 Maria Timon Samra returns to Tŷ Hafan as interim CEO.