As we have just celebrated 21 years since the doors of the hospice opened, it was fitting that we had an opportunity to reflect on the life of the amazing Suzanne Goodall and her determination to ensure Wales had a hospice to support the children and families that needed palliative care.
Suzanne was always such a central part of our lives here at Tŷ Hafan, being a regular visitor right up until her health made this too difficult. She loved the time she spent with the children, families and the staff and she had a special part in all of our hearts.
When she died in January 2017 she ensured that her legacy would continue to provide comfort and care and left a generous gift in her will that allowed us to provide more services to young people navigating transition to adult services, and she also had a Royal College of Nursing Award named after her. The Suzanne Goodall Paediatric Palliative Care Nursing Award is now into its 4th year and Tŷ Hafan are delighted that 2 of the 3 winners so far have been Tŷ Hafan nurses.
Suzanne’s family were keen that she would always be part of the hospice environment so in a private, quiet ceremony we scattered her ashes in the memorial garden with the back drop of the lovely Birdsong memorial playing. After a very wet and windy weekend, the sun came out long enough for the family to spend some quiet reflection time in the garden – they felt it was Suzanne sending a final message to say she was happy in her finalWe know how proud her family are of all that Suzanne achieved in her life and they were particularly moved by seeing the reality of her vision to create a haven for children and families at the most unbearable of times. They have promised to come back to see us after our major refurbishment and want to see how Suzanne’s amazing legacy continues to grow.