April’s Thousand Steps

Thank you Lesley for sharing April’s story with us. The staff were thrilled to meet her when she presented a cheque for a whopping £1,050 to Ty Olwen.
When April’s Bampa passed away in February she was keen to know that he didn’t suffer so we told her all about the amazing care he received at Ty Olwen. As a family we were shocked to discover that this wonderful place relies heavily on donations and when April learned of this she immediately wanted to help. She asked if we would sponsor her to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole of March. When we mentioned this to friends and family they were all keen to sponsor April too. Her school friends also supported and sponsored her. For the 31 days of March April walked at least 10,000 steps every day, even when we travelled back and fore to Cambridge one weekend she got her steps in by running around the hotel and refusing to take taxis for the two miles into town.
We are so proud of April who is thrilled to be have been a little help to such a worthy cause in memory of her beloved Bampa.

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Cycle Ride Raises £12,500

A message from Steve Brace about a recent cycle ride which raised £12,500 for Ty Olwen.

We are a group of friends that recently lost a great man to cancer. Martin Hudson was a director at Morgan Hemp accountants and the majority of us met him at a business networking group in Swansea . Martin was an extremely loveable man and well respected in business . His loss has had a big impact on his family and friends. Martin was receiving palliative care at Ty Olwen therefore this is why we have chosen this well deserved charity to raise money for . Martin loved his rugby and was a major supporter and sponsor of Morriston RFC . Another passion was his regular holidays with his family in Tenby. Therefore it was obvious where our route would be , just wished it was closer haha. Martin was in no way a doom and gloom person , he loved life , friends and of course his family . This ride is in memory of such a true friend, it will be a day of enjoyment (once the ride is over) it will be a day to celebrate his life and what he meant to us all.

Steve Brace presents a cheque for £12,500 to Senior Nurse Grant Nockles

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Continued support from the Rotary Club of Mumbles

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Mumbles for organising last nights splendid concert at St.Peter’s Church, Newton with the proceeds going to Ty Olwen and Rotary’s Polio Eradication Campaign. The Gwalia Singers supported by Alexander Iles and Ewan Forrest entertained a packed church to a wide range of items and even had the audience joining in with the Gwalia’s rendition of Delilah!

The Gwalia Singers under the baton of MD Nick Rogers

Alexander Iles and Ewan Forrest of the Ariosa Singers with Penny and Les Ryan and accompanist Lisa Mears at the piano

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“Comfort bags” by Karren

This Mothers Day Student Nurse Jessica Daniels, on placement in Ty Olwen, donated to her mentors “comfort project” instead of sending flowers for her mother and grandmother.

Karren Roberts was overwhelmed by her generous donations and said

“They are a bag for children to remember. When we care in their time of need they can be used as an activity bag and then can also be used as a memory bag.
It will contain forget me not seeds and sunflower seeds also blank jigsaws and felt tips. The jigsaws can be used as an aid to right down memories. Jotters for drawing and journals for recording thoughts and feelings. A balloon and luggage label so they can write a message and bereavement books from local agencies. Also any kind of distraction such as colour therapy books and gifts.
The activity bags can have anything in them to help distract and occupy children who are at the beside bed of a loved one”

Jessica’s donation has helped us make these up for children of our patients, Karren has had support with this project by
Woman’s Institute
Linctus project
Chaplaincy team
Bronwens craft club

Karren is looking for ongoing support from anyone who wants to donate resources.

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Catwg Hand Bell Ringers

Ty Olwen Trustee and Unit Receptionist Delyth Gough was delighted to welcome the St. Catwg Handbell Ringers to Ty Olwen to receive a £300 donation, the proceeds of their fundraising at the Main Reception over Christmas.

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‘Ollan Gwella’

A massive thank you to Newquay, Cornwall’s ‘Ollan Gwella’ Male Chorus who are on tour in the area and volunteered to sing in the Quadrant for Ty Olwen today before the Newquay Male Choir/ Gwalia Singers Concert at St. Mary’s Church tonight. In two half hour sessions of superb singing over £397 was donated. Sincere thanks also to Lisa Hartley, Quadrant Manager and her staff for looking after us and everyone who donated today.

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Helping Hands Knitting Group

Thank you to the Helping Hands Knitting Group for presenting to Ty Olwen a large collection of knitted blankets for our patients. Helping to bring some home comforts to them. Val Berni visited Ty Olwen and met with Staff Nurses Lynda and Karren and Chairman Helen to hand them over recently.

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The Sheila Mary Cup

Delighted to welcome Helen and Ian Williams to Ty Olwen when they presented a cheque to Sister Lisa and Staff Nurse Coral.
Every year they run a charity football match called the ‘Sheila Mary Cup’ after her mum who passed away from cancer, and “who was looked after incredibly well by you guys.”
On the day they raised £1100 which was match funded meaning Ty Olwen and another charity Papworth Hospital received £1100 each.

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Sad Day for Ty Olwen

Friends and colleagues gathered at Ty Olwen recently to say farewell to Staff Nurse Lynda Hopkins. Lynda has been a fixture at Ty Olwen since it’s opening in 1981 and epitomises  the superb quality of our staff constantly showing care, love and compassion for our patients, their families and friends. Lynda has been a driving force behind the growth of Ty Olwen and an advocate for all Ty Olwen and palliative care stands for.

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