(pronounced Tee Havan, the name is in Welsh and means Haven House) is the brainchild of Suzanne Goodall
, a former occupational therapist.On holiday in Ibiza in 1989, Suzanne
picked up on a chance remark made by a friend, who mentioned that she
had once volunteered at Martin House in Leeds, which at the time was one of only two children's hospices in Britain.
On returning from holiday she
mentioned the idea of a children's hospice in Wales to her
nephew, Dominic Jenkins, and an appeal was duly launched.
Over the following ten years, the appeal gathered steam, imprinting the name of Ty Hafan
firmly on the minds of the people of Wales.A local paper, the South Wales Echo, was instrumental in raising the profile of the proposed hospice, and many local businesses joined in the fund raising attempts.
Nearly ten years later, in January 1999, Ty Hafan
finally opened its doors.