Specsavers have donated £10,958 to mark the beginning of its year-long support of Welsh children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan. This sum represents the amount it costs the charity to provide 24 hours of care.
The partnership involves 36 Specsavers stores across mid and south Wales who will carry out fundraising activity in aid of Tŷ Hafan. The deal was sealed when Specsavers staff visited the Sully hospice to mark the date that it paid for a day of care (1 September 2016).
Kevin McCarthy, west Wales regional chair of Specsavers, said: ‘The charity provides vital support for families going through what can only be described as an unimaginable time, and we’re extremely proud to get behind such a humbling cause.
We’re always striving to support causes that have a positive impact on the communities that we’re based in, and Tŷ Hafan is a shining example of an organisation that does exactly that.
We are looking forward to actively fundraising for Tŷ Hafan so that in the coming year, we can significantly build on the initial £10,958 donation to help fund the care for life-limited children and young people in our communities.’
Since 1999, the charity has supported 689 children across Wales, 263 of which are currently being helped through its services.
Care for life-limited young people
Tŷ Hafan is tasked with raising more than £4 million a year to provide its specialist services free of charge, which averages at a cost of £10,958 a day. As well as caring for life-limited young people, the charity provides support and care for their families. It also provides outreach support, with 40% of the youngsters it cares for benefitting from this service.
Alison Stallard, head of fundraising at Tŷ Hafan, said: ‘As the only children’s hospice in south Wales, we rely heavily on the backing of our partners to make sure that every year we raise enough money so that our services remain free for those who so desperately need them. Specsavers’ pledge to support us for the next 12 months will go a long way in making sure that families can spend quality time together and create positive, lasting memories as they go through difficult and challenging times.’