Ty Hafan

family stories - Rhys

a dad’s story

During Children’s Hospice Week (11-17 May) we will be hearing from each member of the Watkins family about how Tŷ Hafan supports them.

They will give an insight into what it’s like to care for their twins who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and how Tŷ Hafan is there for the whole family.


To me Tŷ Hafan is a special place.  It is a place where you have fun, laughter and tears too. The staff from the cleaners, chefs, care team, nurses and admin workers are all wonderful and make you feel so welcome at Tŷ Hafan.  Every visit is so different but so many memories are made.  It’s a place where mam and dad can relax and have some good quality sleep with no concerns while your children are being kept safe and well looked after.

Recently I have become involved with the Dads’ Group which is organised by Gareth. I had the opportunity to see the Cardiff Blues play at the Arms Park.  I had a brilliant evening as we watched the game from the hospitality box followed by meeting some of the players (and a photo taken with Gethin Jones) in the Players’ Lounge after the game.  It was really good to meet some of the other Tŷ Hafan Dads and talk about Tŷ Hafan and what it provides for our families. Hopefully in the future we can meet up again as it is often forgotten that dads also need support and help in caring for their children.

I also feel that we need to give a little back to the charity as a thank you for all the support Tŷ Hafan gives us.  I have marshalled on the Midnight Walk while my wife as completed the walk. We are so grateful to the generous people who support Tŷ Hafan who enable families like us to receive continuous support and long may they continue to do so.