Thank you seems so inadequate when someone, despite their grief, raises money for us. Vince Jennings has done that and raised over £800 by climbing Pen y Fan in memory of his beloved wife Kelly. She had fought a great fight against her illness over 12 months but it was our privilege to care for her at the end. Vince said “the staff were amazing caring for her” and “that’s why I wanted to raise money for you”. Thank you.
ASDA FOUNDATION GORSEINON
Ty Olwen has been nominated to be part of the Asda Foundation brand new Green Token Giving vote online through the local Asda store, Gorseinon.
The vote will be live from 0.01am on Tuesday 1st June and voting will close, midnight on Saturday 31st July.
You will be able to vote for Ty Olwen by visiting www.asda.com/green-tokens. Supporters will be able to vote once every 7 days, so set a reminder and revote in the following weeks.
Valentine’s Day 2021
A wonderful surprise of ‘Valentine’s Day Hampers’ for patients with a knitted teddy were received from (Wendy Bartlett organiser) the Swansea Bay Community Whizzknits was received yesterday. This follows on from their ‘Christmas Kindness’ when Hampers were delivered for patients on the ward along with a ward Hamper and Goodie Bags for the staff on duty. This means so much to everyone. Thank you.
A massive thank you to Annell Prosser for nominating the Hospital Palliative Care Team to receive Handmade Soap from “Gower Lavender” from a scheme run before Christmas for their on line customers to pay for a bar of soap to be given to NHS staff. Coral King, Specialist Palliative Care Nurse was delighted to receive them on behalf of the team.
Kim’s Mum Eira with friend Louisa at Ty Olwen
Unit Receptionist Delyth Gough and Ty Olwen Trust Treasurer Gareth Lewis were on hand to receive the proceeds of the calender from Kim’s Mum Eira and friend Louisa.
Kimberley St John was an inspiration and pioneer in the world of palliative care. She was leading the way in London through the programme ‘Namaste’ on her mission to transform end of life care.
Being from Swansea, A calendar called ‘The adventures of Kim’ was made in her memory and created to raise funds for Ty Olwen. A cause she would have felt very passionate about.
The calendar shows some of the places Kim visited in the world as she loved adventure and lived life to the full. Every photo was taken by Kim.
Also, on each page an inspirational quote can be found taken directly from Kim’s work.
Kim’s mum Eira and friend Louisa kindly visited us today and gave us some calendars along with the £2,735.32 raised from their sales.
This wonderful video shows just how special Kim was – https://youtu.be/7r1IlNI9x7M
The ladies of Holy Cross Charity Shop, Gendros have done it yet again and for the seventh year running have, despite Covid 19, raised an incredible £2,262 for Ty Olwen. The ladies, now led by Sam Smale and Julie Sherratt, arrange all sorts of fundraising events during the year from coffee mornings, raffles and cake sales. Just before lockdown they had their “Ladies Night” at Mecca Bingo and with their support raised £262 that night. Sam and Julie tell me that they are already raising money for 2021 with over £300 raised in cake sales already. Thanks again to Sam, Julie, Angela, Mo, Nicky, Shelley and stalwarts Rosa and Betty and all who help to raise this money for us.
It was good to be out last night with some sort of normality and to attend the presentations after another successful Cwmtawe 7’s Golf Tournament at Pontardawe Golf Club. Julian Bracey works so hard every year to arrange this tournament, with over a 100 taking part. They always support charity and once again this year they have presented two more Dyson Cool Tower Fans to Ty Olwen. Pictured with Helen are County Councillor Anthony Richards who made the presentations and organiser Julian.
During Covid-19, issues including the depletion of medical and nurse staffing and lowered demand for bed occupancy necessitated in a temporary movement of Ty Olwen inpatients to acute units or for different levels of support at home.
We are pleased to say that these issues have eased to a point where we are now able to resume the inpatient service.
Ty Olwen Inpatient Unit will be opened to provide Specialist Palliative Care and End of Life Care for admissions from 04/08/2020.
In order to support safety and good patient care, the service will adapt for Covid-19 requirements at a restricted number of 8 beds.
The Doctors and Nursing Staff were delighted to meet up with Ben Morgan when he recently visited Ty Olwen to present a cheque for £1,320, the proceeds of his fundraising in memory of Susan Jenkins. Ben said “I’d just like to say thank you to all the staff at Ty Olwen. The job they do is fantastic, they help the patients and family members so much, raising this money is the least I could do to say thank you and give back what I can!”