Thank you to the parishioners of St. Teilo’s Church, Bishopston for their continued support to Ty Olwen and with a further donation of £200. Helen and Paul Murray were delighted to attend a Festival Service recently and receive the donation from the Rector, the Reverend Andrew Pearce.
THANK YOU to Phillip McArdle of ‘Argie’s Coffee’ in Brynmenyn, Bridgend who has generously donated a coffee machine for use in Ty Olwen and the first supplies as well. Matthew Golding and Linda Hopkins were on hand to show Trustees at Ty Olwen last night
Good to welcome Viv Ash to Ty Olwen who popped in with money raised by his grandson James and Sophie Cocking in memory of Sylvia.
Friends of the late Marion Rotham have raised money to present a bench for the Ty Olwen garden with the balance given to Ty Olwen. There are no names on the bench but an engraving of ‘Tigger’ . Marion’s daughter Sarah and grandson Isaac visited Ty Olwen recently to see it being handed over to Trustee, Delyth Gough, by Marion’s friends Wendy, Kim and Nicola.
Pat Phillips is one of our volunteers (on the right of the photograph) who mans reception and answers the phone all day on Thursday and every week provides the flowers in the reception area which makes a massive difference to patients and visitors to Ty Olwen. Due to a vacancy Pat is also doing an “extra shift” on Tuesday mornings.
It was Pat’s birthday last Monday and it was decided to have a little lunch for her, as she was in the unit that day, and invite our President Mrs Margaret Bartlett along. Also in the picture is our Domestic Sue Palfrey undercover as a birthday cake. For the first time in the 5 years that Pat has been here she was actually speechless.
The Men of Sweyns Ey visited Ty Olwen recently to present a donation of £870 raised during their Mumming performances. Each year just before Christmas the Men of Sweyn’s Ey perfom The Gower Christmas Sport and Crympyn John, mummers plays, a tradition dating back several centuries. These comical plays are delivered in rhyme and include a mock fight between two heroes, one of whom is killed. A doctor appears and resurrects him and he lives to fight another day.
We have received a further donation of £90.00 raised during their Gowere Wassail.
The Chairman was delighted to meet with the staff of Toyoda Gosei and receive another incredible cheque for £2311.06. This was the final donation to Ty Olwen as their chosen charity for 2016. They raised an outstanding amount of £5045.10p.during the year. Thank you Steve Green, Anne-Marie and all the staff and their families for choosing Ty Olwen.
Ty Olwen is delighted to be part of the Annual Christmas Tree Festival at St. Peter’s Church, Pontardawe. A warm welcome is extended to one and all and the festival will be open on Friday’s 9th and 16th December between 10am and 4pm, Saturday’s 10th and 17th December between 10am and 4pm and Sunday’s 11th and 18th December between 12pm and 3pm. Free admission and refreshments available. On Saturday 17th December at 2pm there will a Christmas Afternoon Tea at £5 each (Children £1-50) with proceeds to be divided between the charities.
In her report at the Ty Olwen Trust AGM last week Helen Murray, spoke about how lucky she was 40 years ago to be involved with the initial discussions about Palliative Care in the area and in supporting a local GP, Dr. Peter Griffiths, in bringing it to the attention of the Health Authority. Subsequently involved in raising petitions, fundraising and seeing Ty Olwen being built, she became a founder trustee in 1981 and now chairs the Ty Olwen Trust, our local charity raising over £400,000 a year to support what is now a centre of excellence for Palliative Care in the AMBU Health Board. Her hard work was recognised and on Friday 25 November, Helen received her MBE from The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. This is not the end of her involvement but has acted as a spur to carry on supporting the exceptional care given by the team of Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, auxiliary, administration and volunteer teams.