Ty Hafan

family stories - Rhys

nan’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.


nanMany people don’t know that Tŷ Hafan cares for the whole family, including the grandparents. It is a fantastic charity that does so much good for the twins and our entire family. They make me feel so welcome and we always have so much fun and lots of giggles when we’re there.

The experiences the twins get at Tŷ Hafan are like nowhere else. There’s always something going on, whether it’s an Easter bonnet parade or a motorbike display – the boys love it!

They are really quiet in school but when they come here they are like different people. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them at the hospice and they were being cheeky and doing practical jokes. They can be like normal teenage boys at Tŷ Hafan and that’s so nice to see.

When Wendy and Adrian went to Vegas, the staff made sure their stay was as special as possible. They enjoyed a Vegas-themed-week and the twins even dressed one of the staff up as the Statue of Liberty!

Their condition means they sometimes have trouble sleeping. When they are at the hospice, it’s really reassuring to know that the care team are there for them day and night, to comfort them and make sure they are ok.

Tŷ Hafan also does a lot for the mums and nans. Wendy and I always really enjoy the Ladies Pamper Evenings and the annual Bath Christmas shopping trips where we can really let our hair down and have a fun day out.

I am so pleased and grateful that Tŷ Hafan is there for our family. I can’t thank all the people who support this charity enough.