Ty Hafan

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how suzanne built tŷ hafan

This weekend, we celebrate 21 years since Suzanne Goodall opened Tŷ Hafan, the first children’s hospice in Wales.



In 1988, Suzanne Goodall was recently retired and wondering how she would fill her time.

Learning about a friend’s experiences volunteering in a children’s hospice in Yorkshire, Suzanne started on a journey that would change her life and those of families in Wales forever.

Suzanne discovered that, at that time, there was no children’s hospice in Wales and families with life-limited children were not receiving all of the care they needed.

Determined to change this, Suzanne, from Beddau near Pontypridd, spearheaded a fundraising campaign to open a children’s hospice in south Wales.

Thanks to the generosity and kindness of the public, Suzanne’s hard work was rewarded in 1999 when Tŷ Hafan opened its doors for the very first time.

If you’d like to help us celebrate our 21 years, why not give a gift of £21 and help us be fit for the future.

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Five years later, the Queen acknowledged this incredible achievement by awarding Suzanne an MBE in her 2004 New Year’s Honours List.

This remarkable lady’s vision and determination has helped hundreds of life-limited children, young people and their families across Wales and continues to help hundreds more.

Now Tŷ Hafan is celebrating being there for our families for 21 years, a remarkable achievement. It’s time to make some essential upgrades to the hospice and make sure that the facilities match the high quality of the care that we provide.

We love the home-from-home feel of the hospice and it’s been well loved over the years, but these upgrades will be wonderful for the hospice. Work has already started on the rooms and we can’t wait to share the progress with you as the transformation takes place.

“No matter what we go through in the way of grief, and we all go through grief in our lifetime… it can not be as terrible as having a child and knowing it will not live beyond its teenage years”.


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