Rock for Ty Olwen!

‘Rock for Ty Olwen’ organised by Michaela, Mandy, Melanie and Kate was held on October 28th at the Jubilee Club, Pontardawe in memory of Kristian Slee which would have been is 28th birthday.   A huge thank you to everyone who organised, took part and supported the event especially Lauren Mia Jones, The Italian Job Duo, Just Debs, Out of the Blue, The Losy Boys and Karen Coombes. Presenting the donation to Community Clinical Nurse Specialist Marcia Beynon are the organisers Karen Coombes Price, Melanie Humphreys, Mandy Birt and Michaela Rees

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Thank you to Viscose Closures Ltd in Swansea who sent a cheque for £200 in to Ty Olwen this week.

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Scaling the Heights for Ty Olwen

Thank you to these wonderful ladies Debbie Williams and Shirley Bolton who scaled the heights of Pen y fan for Ty Olwen. Thank you not only to them but also their very generous sponsors. Today they handed over £550 with Gift Aid to be added.

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Braving the Shave for Ty Olwen

Alison Jones and her family visited Ty Olwen last week to present a donation of £4,000 raised in memory of her mother. Alison told the Chairman that when she gave birth to her son Alex, who has Downs Syndrome, she found out that her mother, Betty Evans, had been diagnosed with cancer. Betty passed away three months later and spent the end of her life at Ty Olwen where she was cared for so well and the family given so much help. When Alison was asked a few months ago if she would have her head shaved for charity, she immediately said yes as long as it was for Ty Olwen. Alison has worked really hard to raise the money and was overwhelmed by the support and generosity from everyone. Pictured below making the presentation to Chairman Helen Murray and Trustee Delyth Gough are Alison, her son Alex, husband Steve and Maddy.

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Bladder Scanner Acquired for Ty Olwen

The Ty Olwen Trust recently purchased a Bladder Scanner for use at the unit. The staff made a request for this piece of equipment as when required for a patient they were relying on the availability of one to borrow from the main hospital. The scanner allows staff to perform a non invasive examination on patients and to avoid unnecessary catheterisation. In only a few weeks it has been used several times and the staff are so grateful to have it on hand.

The Trust has also purchased a new set of privacy screens that are lightweight, easy to move and easy to clean.

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St.Peter’s Pontardawe Presentation

It was lovely to return to St. Peter’s Church, Pontardawe this morning and receive a really warm welcome. During the service Helen Murray was presented with a cheque for £340 which the parishioners raised at a recent coffee morning in aid of Ty Olwen. Pictured with Helen are Lesley Harris and Janice Thompson.

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You’re never too young to support Ty Olwen

Thank you to Karren for organising yet more fundraising and publicity for Ty Olwen and especially Emily Roberts who manned the stall at a recent Craft Fayre at the Forge Fach Community Hub in Clydach. It was a great success and thank you to everyone who supported them in any way.

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Roy’s Runners

Matthew and Sharon two of our wonderful Ty Olwen Staff were delighted to welcome Jen Croucher to Ty Olwen and our ‘old friend’ Martin Mahoney. Jen ran the Admiral Swansea Bay 10K run in memory of her father Roy Brain. Roy was a devoted family man and loved spending special occasions with Margaret his wife of 53 years, three children, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered from the Ford Motor company where he worked for 27 years and of course in the community where they ran the family newsagents in Robert St, Manselton.  Martin ran his 13th Cardiff Half Marathon, his 6th for Ty Olwen, and together they presented a cheque for £2065 in memory of Roy. We were also delighted to welcome Julia with Martin and the newest addition to the Mahoney family, grandaughter Anaiyah

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Chelsea’s 10K Run

It was a pleasure to welcome Chelsea Edwards to Ty Olwen this morning when she presented a cheque for £400 to Lisa and Grant. Chelsea emailed earlier in the year to say she wanted to raise money for us in memory of her grandfather and said ” My late grandfather was in your care at the end of last year who sadly passed away on boxing day. My family and I are so grateful of the care he received by the staff at Ty Olwen, it was truly amazing and we cannot thank the staff enough for everything that they did for him; it was very comforting knowing that he was in safe, caring hands.” Chelsea ran the Swansea Admiral 10K last month. Thank you Chelsea and all who sponsored you.

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Skydiving Tribute to a much loved Bamps!

Kate and Rachel Taylor and Sarah Green have raised £2150 for Ty Olwen in memory of Eric Batchelor who spent six weeks with us earlier this year before going home to be looked after by his loving family and an army of care professionals. The girls said that whilst in Ty Olwen “He experienced the best care possible and all the staff treated him with dignity and fed him with lots of treats!”. He returned nine weeks later and “was welcomed back into the fold like returning to the family home and cared for so well again”. Thank you ladies and to your sponsors and supporters including customers at Lloyds Pharmacy on Sway Rd and Boots Optician customers in Port Talbot.
Kate, Rachel and Sarah presented the cheque to Ty Olwen staff Lynda, Sharon and Coral.

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