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olivia, 5, unveils gift tree to thank fundraising families

Families and donors who have raised tens of thousands of pounds for children with life-limiting conditions have been honoured at the launch of a special commemorative sculpture at Tŷ Hafan.

Carys unveils Gift TreeEvery donation of £10,000 or more will now be marked with a handcrafted gold, silver or bronze leaf on the wall-mounted artist-designed Gift Tree at the hospice. Each leaf will carry a bespoke inscription with the donor’s name.

The tree was officially unveiled by Carys Boggis, 5, from Aberdare, and her brother Rhys, 13, who has been supported by the hospice since 2007.

The first 21 leaves attached to the tree represent an incredible total of £349,456 raised by families associated with Tŷ Hafan. This includes individual donations, fundraising donations from the hospice’s Dads’ Group and contributions from individuals associated with Chef’s Night Out events.

Carys and Rhys’s dad Anthony, who has been involved with fundraising activities with the Dads’ Group, such as the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, said: “We come here as a family to stay. Our respite is being away from our home and hospitals and all the things we have to deal with.

“It’s amazing to have a leaf on the Gift Tree and for Carys to be launching it. I’m really proud of that. To see Carys and Rhys here tonight is really touching.”Rhys and mum

Fundraising General Manager Lynne Carter said: “Whether it’s individually, as part of a group, at work or at play, supporters are part of the Tŷ Hafan family.

“Quite simply, without them we would not have been able to provide the comfort, care and support to the 629 families we have helped since 1999.”