Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice is getting ready to launch its second ‘When Your World Stops’ fundraising appeal with its target to raise £350,000 in just 60 hours.
The appeal, with Ammanford-born Alfi’s Morris’s story at its heart, will go live at 10am on Sunday, November 26 and will run through to 10pm Tuesday, November 28.
All donations made to Tŷ Hafan during that time will be match-funded meaning that one donation will have double the impact.
Lynne Phelps, Head of Family Wellbeing and Outreach Services for Tŷ Hafan, said:
“We know how much a family’s world changes when a child is diagnosed with a life-shortening condition. It changes again when they realise they must consider end-of-life care and again when their child dies.
“Tŷ Hafan is here to provide endless support to families from the first moment their world changes.
“We can’t give those children more time, but with the help and generosity of our amazing supporters old and new, Tŷ Hafan can give children in Wales and their families the support they need to make a short life a full life and, when the time comes, provide ongoing bereavement care.”
Sara and Jason Morris and their 10-year-old daughter Besi, lost their beloved son and twin brother on St David’s Day 2015, just before Alfi’s second birthday. They have chosen to share their story now to help Tŷ Hafan to continue to support families who so desperately need the services it provides.
Sara said: “On 1st May 2013, Alfi Jay and Besi Jane entered into the world. Our life became perfect in those few seconds and the years of gruelling IUI and IVF treatments for our precious miracles were all worth it.
“But the happiness didn’t last long. Within an hour of our beloved babies’ arrival, Alfi became very poorly and was rushed to the baby unit.
“The next few months became a blur. Alfi had been diagnosed with Neonatal Marfan Syndrome and we knew his prognosis wasn’t good. Life with the twins was precious and we tried to make as many memories as we could.”
Tŷ Hafan was recommended to Sara and Jason when Alfi and Besi were nine months old. They visited our hospice for their first and only short break stay just before Christmas 2014, where they were able to relax a little as a family knowing that Alfi’s medical needs would be cared for.
Sara said that at Tŷ Hafan, she and Jason had the opportunity to spend quality time with the twins.
“For the first time, we didn’t need to set our alarms, worry about medication or worry about forgetting to pack all of Alfi’s medical equipment. The responsibility was taken away.
“That weekend will stay with us forever. We played in the park, swam in the hydrotherapy pool, visited Santa and ate Christmas dinner as a family. Alfi even ventured off on his own with his one-to-one nurse carer to see Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Santa.
“From that moment on, Tŷ Hafan became a huge part of our lives.”
Alfi died peacefully in his dad’s arms on March 1, 2015, Sarah and Jason’s wedding anniversary. Since his passing, Tŷ Hafan has been a huge support to Sara and Jason.
“We continue to have support from our Family Support Worker, and we know that Tŷ Hafan is there for us whenever and however we need them,” Sara added.
“We visit Tŷ Hafan on a regular basis. I can’t begin to describe what Tŷ Hafan means to us as a family, but one thing I do know is I will be eternally grateful for the memories they have allowed us to make and continue to make to this day.”
A report published by Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices earlier this year showed that one in 172 children born in Wales will have a life-shortening condition and that demand is rocketing for services Tŷ Hafan provides which are free of charges to those who need them.
At the same time, the cost-of-living crisis has hit Tŷ Hafan hard with its annual energy bill alone having gone up from £100,000 to £400,000 last year.
John Lowes, Head of Fundraising for Tŷ Hafan said:
“This is a crucial fundraising campaign for us, and we are immensely grateful to the Morris family for their bravery and generosity in sharing their story to help us to raise as much money as possible.
“To get involved, please sign up to be an appeal champion now and share information about the appeal on your social media and with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours so that we can let as many people know as possible that it is happening.
“Secondly, as individuals or as group, please fundraise in any way that suits you.
“Finally, and most importantly of all, please donate to this appeal online at
https://www.charityextra.com/whenyourworldstops or call our Supporter Care Team on 02920 532 255, between 10am on Sunday November 26 and 10pm Tuesday November 28 to make your donations – and you will see the value of your donation doubled.”