Ty Hafan

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an inspiration on international women's day


Today is International Women’s Day and as we are sure you can imagine, there are so many inspirational women that Tŷ Hafan owes so much to. From the mums, grans, aunts and sisters who use the service to the staff from all over the organisation who make so much of what makes Tŷ Hafan possible happen.

But everything started with one woman, someone who was so moved by the fact that Wales lacked anywhere outside of hospital where children with life-limiting conditions and their families could receive the support and care they so desperately needed, that she used her retirement years to change the face of paediatric palliative care in Wales.

Suzanne’s story is such an inspiring one and without her, the face of children’s palliative care in Wales would look very different today. To take on a project of such magnitude after retirement is testament to her character and drive to achieve what was so needed.

Many of us will know her story by now, but it is one that highlights how one person can make such a huge difference and there isn’t a day that goes by without Tŷ Hafan turning its thoughts to Suzanne who sadly died two years ago.

Tŷ Hafan is 20 years old this year, but Suzanne’s work started ten years earlier as you can see from our timeline. Her legacy will live on and be there to inspire so many others to do what they know needs to be done.

We shared this video earlier, but if you missed it, it is well worth a watch as it gives the perfect insight as to why Tŷ Hafan exists.

“No matter what we go through in the way of grief, and we all go through grief in our lifetime… it can not be as terrible as having a child and knowing it will not live beyond its teenage years”.