Tŷ Hafan, the only children’s hospice in South Wales, has introduced an even easier way for people to donate much needed funds. The charity has launched its first ever Contactless shop window, which is located at the front of the Tŷ Hafan store on Working Street in Cardiff city centre.
Since 10 March, the shop has accepted hundreds of contactless donations by people merely tapping their debit or credit cards on a contactless terminal affixed to the window, donating a fixed fee of £3. The window is part of a campaign to raise funds for the nurses at Tŷ Hafan who provide comfort care and support to all children in Wales who need them.
Tŷ Hafan first used Contactless donation boxes, kindly donated by Barclays Bank, during its hugely popular Snowdog Tails in Wales Trail – a public art trail around Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan which captured the imagination of the local community and raised vital funds for the charity. The success of this led Tŷ Hafan to explore other innovative methods of fundraising, resulting in its first ever Contactless window.
“With the number of payments being made through Contactless increasing year on year in the UK, Tŷ Hafan has looked to utilise the benefits found by offering this method of payments as a donation method”, said Rhodri Harrie s, Digital Development Manager at Tŷ Hafan.
“We recognise the importance in digital innovation to the charity sector and we are striving to push Tŷ Hafan to the forefront of digital giving in Wales. We hope that introducing Contactless technology is only the beginning of our developments in digital fundraising”, he added.
24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, Tŷ Hafan’s team of special nurses ensure life-limited children from across Wales can access specialist treatment. They are ready to respond to clinical emergencies and, when the time comes, they play a pivotal role in a child’s end-of-life care.
More and more children are being referred to Tŷ Hafan than ever before, with increasingly complex medical needs. Many children and young people are requiring round-the-clock care from two or more nurses. As a result, the charity has had to increase its team of nurses, now spending £1million each year on nursing care.
But Tŷ Hafan nurses deliver more than just the medicine – they provide the magic too! They bring fun, laughter, singing and dancing to their roles and bring smiles to the children of Tŷ Hafan.
The Cardiff store window is compatible with any contactless credit or debit card, and will be displayed for a further two weeks, until Monday 26 March during which time, Tŷ Hafan hopes to see hundreds of passers-by interacting with the fundraising installation.
For more information on the #ForOurNurses campaign, visit www.tyhafan.org/nurses