Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales, is a leading Welsh charity that provides an essential service to families who often feel like they have nowhere to turn. For over 20 years, Tŷ Hafan has been in the privileged position to support over 800 life-limited children and young people with expert paediatric palliative care, extending this support to their immediate and extended families as needed.
After 11 years of fundraising and hard work by Tŷ Hafan’s late founder Suzanne Goodall, the hospice opened in 1999 and immediately began to bring much-needed comfort and support to families in Wales. Since then the hard work has continued, as services have been developed to meet all of the needs of the children, young people and families supported by Tŷ Hafan.
Recently, this involved the construction of a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool to provide a valuable sensory experience to children and their families, and in 2013, a new Care Service facility was constructed at the hospice to provide training facilities for care staff and bring all of Tŷ Hafan’s head office staff to the Sully site.
As part of the continuing development of Tŷ Hafan, a refurbishment project is being undertaken in 2019 to ensure the highest standard of safety and clinical intervention for the children receiving treatment at the hospice. This includes making clinical adjustments to the entire building and upgrading some of the residential areas of the hospice, including the accommodation available to the families of children receiving end-of-life care.
Santia is Wales’s largest UKAS accredited asbestos consultancy and was asked to provide a quotation for a UKAS Accredited Refurbishment Survey as part of Tŷ Hafan’s duty to manage asbestos. An on-site consultation was undertaken by Santia representatives Paul Johnson (Business Development Manager) and Amy Jones (Head of Bids and Marketing) as part of the Pre-Survey Planning process. Paul and Amy learnt more about Tŷ Hafan, its beautifully located hospice, dedicated staff and the outstanding facilities provided.
Amy Jones commented: “During the site consultation, I was genuinely touched by the philosophy of Tŷ Hafan and impressed by the facilities and care provided to the children and families who need it. When talking to Haydn Jones, Head of Estates and Facilities, I was shocked to learn that only 4% of the charity’s turnover was government funded, meaning that the rest is raised by charity work alone. This compelled my colleague Paul and I to ask our Board of Directors if we could do the survey work free of charge.”
The Board agreed and Santia completed the survey a few weeks later, in good time to issue the report before work started on site in the Spring. Paul Johnson, Business Development Manager commented: “Santia is involved in a number of initiatives to benefit the communities we work in, whether in Wales, England or Scotland. On this occasion, I saw first-hand the benefit Tŷ Hafan provides to those using the hospice facilities, and it felt good to be able to offer our specialist services free of charge.”
“It costs well over £4million to run the hospice, deliver our broad community programmes and provide round-the-clock care 365 days a year for life-limited children and their families, and it’s the generosity of individuals and businesses, like Santia, that help make this possible.”
“Thanks to the completion of the survey, we’re one step closer to beginning the transformational change that will ensure Tŷ Hafan is a hospice fit for the future.
Haydn Jones, Head of Estates and Facilities at Tŷ Hafan