Thank you seems inadequate

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.

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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 Supporters will be able to vote once every 7 days, so set a reminder and revote in the following weeks.

#asdafoundation #greentokengiving

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Swansea Bay Community Whizzknits

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.

Valentine’s hampers delivery.

Christmas Goodies

Christmas Goodies


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Gower Lavender

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.

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The Inspirational Kimberley St John

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 –

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Holy Cross Ladies again!

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.

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Cwmtawe 7’s Annual Golf Tournament

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.

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Ty Olwen specialist palliative care inpatient unit reopens

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.

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Covid 19 and Ty Olwen

Temporary suspension of patients admitted to Ty Olwen
Swansea Bay University Health Board has had to make a lot of changes to its services so that it can continue to provide necessary care for its patients in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where patients need Palliative of End of Life Care we have increasingly been providing this in their homes or community settings.  As a result over the past few weeks, our Specialist Palliative Care team has seen reduced demand for beds at Ty Olwen.  Many patients have not wanted to be admitted into Ty Olwen during the pandemic, partly because of their concerns over COVID-19 and partly due to visiting restrictions.  We are also experiencing significant staff illness which is affecting our ability to run the inpatient unit.
As a result we have decided that from the 24th April we have no choice but to temporarily suspend the admission of patients into Ty Olwen.
Until the service can be re-established we will aim to bring Ty Olwen care to the patient, whether they are at home or elsewhere in our hospitals.  We want to reassure patients that should they need admission to hospital because their care cannot be provided at home, appropriate arrangements are in place for them to be admitted to Singleton Hospital under the care of the Ty Olwen Hospital Team.
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In Memory of Susan Jenkins

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!”

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