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tŷ hafan thanks communities as it announces closure of six shops

Ty Hafan CEO Maria Timon Samra

Tŷ Hafan is sad to announce the difficult decision to close six of our shops due to trading challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The children’s hospice thanks the communities across Wales for contributing over £2.5 million towards care since 2000

“Tŷ Hafan sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported, donated and volunteered at our much-loved shops over the last 21 years” said Tŷ Hafan’s director of retail and fundraising, Julian Hall, after the hospice for children in Wales announced it will be closing six of its shops, including Merthyr, Bridgend, Maesteg, Tenby, Cardiff Albany Road and its longest-running shop, Pontypridd.

Since 2000, shops have collectively contributed over £2.5 million towards expert care for life-limited children in Wales, but now the leading children’s charity has had to make the difficult decision to close the shops due to the trading challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Shops facing closure include Tŷ Hafan’s first ever to open, Pontypridd, which launched in 1994 to help raise funds to open the doors to Wales’ first ever children’s hospice 21 years ago.

The stores shut their doors in March due to government lockdown measures, but as the country starts to lift lockdown, Tŷ Hafan has announced that the six shops will not be reopening.

Mr Hall commented on the closure, thanking those who have kept the shops going over the years.

“We’ve had some of the most wonderful staff and volunteers working with us and they have done a fantastic job,” he said. “I want to say a huge thank you to each and every one of them.

“We’ve faced significant fundraising challenges over the last few months and, as a result, are having to make difficult decisions. Tŷ Hafan relies heavily on donations to keep its doors open, so now, more than ever, we need to spend the publicly fundraised money wisely and prioritise delivering expert paediatric palliative care to those who need us.”

The news follows the launch of an urgent appeal after Tŷ Hafan announced that they are facing a £2 million income loss this year – almost 50 percent of what it costs to run the hospice each year.

The Charity is currently supporting over 115 children in the areas facing closure and hopes that, despite the closures, the communities will still get behind their local Tŷ Hafan families and continue to host local fundraisers in the area or continue to support at the Tŷ Hafan shops nearby.

Mr Hall, added, “We are so proud of what our shops have achieved, and the money raised is testament to the wonderful community efforts. It’s not a final farewell from us and we would love to return if circumstances allow in the future. In the meantime, we’ll be working on ways in which we can continue to be part of each of the communities for years to come.”

Shops recently opened following the lockdown include Llanelli, Penarth, Caerphilly, Talbot Green and Cwmbran, with Abergavenny, Aberdare, Whitchurch and Port Talbot set to open from the 27 July. All are open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 4.00pm for trading but are only accepting donations on Tuesday and Saturdays from 9.00am to 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Find out how else you can support Tŷ Hafan by visiting their website here: www.tyhafan.org/support-us or make a direct donation to their urgent ‘Caring through the Crisis’ appeal today by visiting www.tyhafan.org/appeal.