Ty Hafan

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8 ways you can help tŷ hafan in these uncertain times

In this time of national emergency, we need your help now more than ever.


Despite the country being on hold right now, our services are still very much essential and are in full flow. We’re continuing to provide end-of-life care for our families at the hospice but we’re also running a virtual care programme for families isolating at home.

Sadly, so many of our supporters have had to cancel their fundraising activity due to the coronavirus restrictions and we’ve also had to cancel our events too, including the Welsh3peaks Challenge, our overseas Cambodia Trek and our dad’s 10nTaff challenge. We’ve also had to close the doors of our shops across Wales.

However, we know how much our supporters want to stick by our side while we battle through this challenging period — and we can’t thank them enough for this. So, we’ve pulled together the best alternative ways you can help us over the next couple of months in isolation from your homes:

1. Make a donation to our ‘Fit for Future’ appeal

We urgently need donations so we can continue helping children and families who are particularly vulnerable at this time. However, as well as care, we also still need to ensure that we keep up our ongoing hospice refurbishment and continue funding the project to make our building fit for the future. The refurbishment is not just a “nice to have” for us and there are lots of clinical changes we need to make to our 21-year-old building to be up to scratch from a clinical perspective.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’ve already seen some changes happening including the installation of new air conditioning units in the children’s bedrooms and work beginning on our family flat.

If you could help us fund even more of the project, please donate here.

2. Play Tŷ Hafan’s lottery

For those who don’t know, we have our own lottery called ‘Crackerjackpot’ where all profits go to our care services. What’s great about playing in our lottery this is that you’ll be helping us out, but at the same time, you could get something in return. Bonus!

Every week there’s a £2,000 winner, 20 x £10 winners and 60 x £5 winners, plus a chance to win an enormous £12,000 rollover.

You can sign up online from home — it’s possibly the simplest and easiest way to support us at the moment. You can play for as little as £1 a week. Sign up here.

3. Come along to our weekly virtual quiz

Tonight it’s Disney-themed and we have much more in store for the coming weeks! We’re planning to host weekly virtual quizzes on social media so we can all have some fun, keep you all occupied at home and help raise some funds at the same time.

Take part this evening at 7pm by heading over to our Facebook page and clicking ‘play’ on our video. All you need is a pen and paper — and get your whole family involved!

Throughout the duration of the quiz, we’ll have a ‘donate’ button on show to give a £2 donation, or what you can afford.

Click through to our Facebook page to join the quiz here.

4. Take part in our ‘Marathon in May’

Our ‘Marathon in May’ challenge is your own personal marathon. You can do it however you like, even in steps, just as long as you reach 26.2 miles in one month.

Of course you can run, walk or cycle outdoors, but we'd LOVE to see some creativity from your homes too. Run up and down the stairs, do star jumps or burpees in your kitchen, have a little dance, baked bean weight lifting, or even get involved in the loo roll keepie-uppie hype, and mix it up each day — the choice is yours! Just make sure you're able to track steps or miles.

We want to see everyone taking part, regardless of your ability or age.

All we ask is that you get your friends and family to sponsor you at least £30 in May — simple!

Sign up with just a £5 registration fee here.

5. Share and spread the love online

Social media has become such an important place for us to share what we do with the world. But it’s also a fantastic platform to garner support, for us and for you.

If you’re supporting us, shout about it! Post about your challenge or fundraising idea and get people behind you — they may want to get involved, donate to you or you might’ve inspired them to make their own challenge.

Sometimes all it takes a retweet and share :)

6. During your spring clean, don’t throw out!

With more time at home than we’ve ever had before, it’s a perfect time to get on that spring clean. For our supporters who would usually take their quality bits and bobs to one of our shops, we’re asking that, if you’re able to, you KEEP HOLD of the quality items you would usually donate to us. Once our shops are open again, we’ll need your donations more than ever!

7. Become a regular giver

If you want to provide continued support without thinking about it, you might like to set up a direct debit and send us a regular amount each month.

You can choose the amount you’d like to donate every month here.

8. Be innovative!

Even though we’re on lockdown, we’re seeing so much creativity coming from people’s homes. Whether it be PE sessions with Joe Wicks or live music gigs online, people are thinking outside of the box and coming up with innovative ideas to keep busy and motivated while isolating at home.

Why not think about an innovative fundraising idea, like our supporter Hannah Martinson who is taking on 1000 squats with her friend on 11 April to raise money for us during isolation. Hannah will be live streaming her squatting efforts on social media on 11 April. More information her JustGiving page here

If you'd like to speak to someone at Tŷ Hafan about your options, get in touch with our supporter care team: supportercare@tyhafan.org or 02929 532255. We're here for you, even if you just want to chat.

Diolch and stay safe.