In this week’s Family Friday, Rachel Meredith from Rogerstone and Caroline Sullivan from Ebbw Vale tell us what the visit meant to them and how the experience will help them to explain Tŷ Hafan’s work to their colleagues and customers, to inspire them to fundraise for us and partner organisation Together for Short Lives.
Tŷ Hafan has a ‘very special aura that completely encircles you’.
So says Caroline Sullivan, Community Champion for Morrisons store in Ebbw Vale.
She and Rachel Meredith, Community Champion from Morrisons Rogerstone store, visited Tŷ Hafan last week, as part of the fantastic new partnership announced recently, between Morrisons, Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices across the UK, including Tŷ Hafan.
This partnership will enable Morrisons staff and customers to raise much-needed funds for us, helping us to continue providing vital care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families in Wales. Nine stores within a 30-mile drive of our hospice in Sully, near Cardiff, are twinned with Tŷ Hafan as part of the partnership.
During their visit Rachel and Caroline were able to find out more about what we do and how they can help us raise much-needed funds.
Tracy Jones, our Head of Community Services and Partnerships, took them on a tour of our gardens and explained the vital services that are provided at the hospice, and in homes and communities across Wales.
‘Tŷ Hafan is so much more than I expected!’ said Rachel.
‘It’s not just the wonderful care for the children, it is all encompassing, the way you look after everyone – the parents, siblings, grandparents – the whole family,’ she said.
‘It is fantastic that not just the needs of the children are looked after, but the needs of all the other members of the family too.’
She said the visit would help them explain to colleagues and customers exactly what Tŷ Hafan does and why it is so special.
Caroline added she had been very excited to come to Tŷ Hafan and had been very moved by the visit to our beautiful Memorial Garden, with its pebbles and birdsong, in such a lovely location by the sea.
‘The whole experience was really educational – I learnt such a lot,” she said.
The two Community Champions also brought along a gift of a prize with wine and chocolates for us to raffle.
They and other Morrisons Community Champions will be visiting us again very soon – this time with donations of Easter eggs and gifts for our families.