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colin charvis tackles welsh three peaks for the “real heroes” at tŷ hafan

Rugby legend Colin Charvis was part of a Welsh Heroes Team which tackled the GE Aviation Wales Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of Tŷ Hafan.

Colin joined former Wales international and Cardiff Blues player Rhys Williams, Mark Jones, a former Wales international and Scarlets winger along with Duane Goodfield, a former Cardiff Blues and Gwent Dragons player for the event, sponsored by GE Aviation Wales.

Colin and Willow

But according to Colin, the real heroes are the children and families supported by Tŷ Hafan.

During a visit to Tŷ Hafan, Colin and the team were shown around the hospice and the former Wales and British and Irish Lions player shared a special bond with two-year-old Willow from Ystrad, Rhondda.

“Willow and her family face so many challenges every day,”

said Colin.

“It is a small ask for the rest of us to step up to a challenge once in a while to support these very special people. It was so humbling to spend time at Tŷ Hafan. It is such a fantastic cause doing amazing things for families across Wales.”

Two special dads’ teams, called Team Wolfcow and Team Buwch Blaidd, also took part in the challenge. The teams included a mixture of bereaved fathers and dads whose children are being supported by Tŷ Hafan.

heroes team

Brad Watson’s son Archie sadly died at the hospice last year. Brad, from Caerphilly, who has recently become a Tŷ Hafan family ambassador, is a key member of the Tŷ Hafan Dads’ group.

He said: “Why did I undertake this challenge? Probably, for the same reason that my fellow dads climb these mountains. For our special kids, here and above, who give us the motivation to undertake such an endurance that sometimes may be inferior to challenges that we’ve faced as special dads, and we give back to a charity that does so much for our families.”

Mair Jeffreys, Marketing and Events Officer at Tŷ Hafan, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all the participants, volunteers and GE Aviation Wales for kindly sponsoring the event. It was wonderful to have the Welsh Heroes Team on board and we’re now really looking forward to our next event, which will be our West Wales Rainbow Run taking place in September.”

Tŷ Hafan would like to thank Brecon Carreg, 9Bar, Braces Bakery, Just Perfect Catering , Euro Commercials, L’oreal and Paul Fears Photography for also supporting the event.


The challenge, which took place during Children’s Hospice Week, (13-20 June) saw 64 teams from across Wales taking part to raise vital funds for Tŷ Hafan.

The event is expected to raise more than £70,000 for Tŷ Hafan, which needs £3.7m each year to run its services.

To read Brad Watson’s blog about his journey and his support for Tŷ Hafan, visit archiesdad.wordpress.com