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Devon and Cornwall Peninsula Challenge 2018 for Tŷ Hafan Hospice

A team of cyclist from four Costain associated projects in South Wales is setting out on a 400mile cycle challenge to circumnavigate the Devon and Cornwall Peninsula, to raise funds towards the Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice Memorial Gardens project that is in the final stages of construction.


The Costain VINCI joint venture, which is developing proposals for the M4 Corridor around Newport, has been supported by the Costain A465 Section 2 project in Gilwern and the M4 J28 improvement scheme to raise money through the cycle challenge

The 400mile challenge which starts at the Tŷ Hafan Hospice at 07.00am on Wednesday 5th September marks an ongoing partnership with the charity as members of the team continue their work in designing and constructing a new state-of -the art garden at the Tŷ Hafan Hospice.


A group of 24 cyclists, plus six support drivers will pedal over 100 miles a day and circumnavigate the peninsula with night-time stops at Salcombe, Penzance, Bude and Taunton. The team includes members from the Costain project partnerships and supply chain.

Since 1999, Tŷ Hafan has supported over 700 life-limited children and their families from across Wales. The hospice takes its support into families’ homes and is there to help families through extremely difficult times. It relies on the support of the public, its corporate sponsors and volunteers.

Brian Greaves, Senior Community Relations Manager for Costain VINCI said, “The project at Tŷ Hafan started over two years ago and we are hoping to hand back the newly-constructed memorial garden in October this year. Our aim is to raise £10,000 and every member of the team has contributed towards the cost so that every penny will go to the charity. Like previous years, the event has been a challenge to organise but we are ready and looking forward to getting on the road”.

Barry Woodman, Project Director for the Costain VINCI Joint Venture added, “With the support of a number of our sub-contractors and supply chain this fantastic project is nearing completion. There are still some elements of the new garden that need to be budgeted for so every penny raised from the challenge will help. We have already completed the wheelchair race-track, the viewing platform, a summer house and a stone built retaining wall and the main central memorial garden is nearly complete.

As well as being an area in which to remember children who have sadly lost their lives at Tŷ Hafan, the new garden will feature therapeutic and social elements for families and hospice staff to enjoy.”

Natalie Whyatt from Tŷ Hafan “When a child visits the hospice, they can benefit from services such as music therapy, art sessions, hydrotherapy or the use our amazing multi-sensory room, while our care team staff take over and allow parents to relax or to simply spend time together as a family, creating precious moments that last a lifetime.

“The ongoing development of our gardens at the hospice will play a key role in supporting families, as it will provide a peaceful, beautiful space for thought and reflection for families, as well as an additional play area for children. By raising money for garden equipment and furniture through their cycle challenge, Costain Vinci will make a huge difference to the lives of children and their families, helping us to make sure a short life is a full life.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the team’s effort can do so on the following ‘Just Giving’ page: