A Visit to Tŷ Gobaith

Hope House have two children’s hospices being Hope House based in Oswestry and Tŷ Gobaith in Conwy. On 24 September 2018, my colleague Sophie and I had the privilege of visiting Tŷ Gobaith.

It was a sunny day which allowed us to look over the stunning views of Conwy that can be seen from Tŷ Gobaith. We were met by area fundraiser Beverley Bradley who showed us around the wonderful facilities and was able to tell us in much more detail about what the charity does.

They provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. They do this in many different ways.

One of those ways includes providing respite and end-of-life care at either hospice and/or within the family home. A range of activities and therapies from experienced professionals are available and we were lucky enough to be able to see the sensory room which has some incredible equipment. It is clear just how valuable the support is to the children and their families. Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

They have a bereavement support and counselling service for not only the families that have received care from the charity but also to the wider community. It is available to families who have lost a child and also to children and young people who have experienced the death of a loved one.

They have a special Snowflake Suite to allow children to remain at or be brought to the hospice after death to allow families to say goodbye in an informal and supportive environment.

This is just a very brief description of some of the services offered and I would highly recommend visiting the website at https://www.hopehouse.org.uk/home.html for more information about each service.

It takes £6.3 million per year to run the charity and the majority of that comes from fundraising and donations.  Hope House are very proud of the fact that out of every £1 donated, £0.86 goes directly towards the cost of care for each child.  This charity is a vital lifeline to so many families in such difficult circumstances.

I will be running the Conwy Half Marathon on 18 November 2018 and participating in the Shrewsbury Lantern Walk on 24 November 2018. I am certainly not a runner and have been in training for a couple of months now. The biggest motivation is the faces of the wonderful children and families who rely upon this charity. I am grateful for all the encouragement and support given to me in this event and to Hope House & Tŷ Gobaith.

You can sponsor Kelly for the Conwy Half Marathon by following this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kelly-Stant1