Welcome To Ty Hafan Scouts
In 2008, Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice in Sully, South Wales, become the first hospice in Wales to have its own Scout Group. They meet on Wednesdays, under their current leader, Cathie Steele and are planning a number of Activity days.
The Scout Group does not charge subscriptions and has therefore embarked on an on-going fund-raising programme.
The group is open to all children receiving care there, their parents and their siblings. Members range in age from five to 19, and activities undertaken so far have included pioneering, toasting marshmallows and making catapults. Children receive certificates after taking part in each activity.
The group was officially launched at the 2008 Tŷ Hafan Fun Day, when BBC Wales TV personalities, husband and wife, Rhodri and Lucy Owen and baby son Gabriel performed the formalities, including the planting of an evergreen Japanese Maple tree. The Owen family were presented with special Tŷ Hafan Group neckerchiefs – including a mini-version made for Gabriel.
Chris Foster of The Scout Association said, “We’re really proud of the fact that Scouting is helping the community in this way. It is essential for young people to have fun, laughter and excitement, no matter how ill they are. It gives them a way of looking beyond their current situation.”
The Ty Hafan Scout Group’s flag is decorated with a handprint, the hospice’s logo, and Scouts have their own badge and neckerchief in the Ty Hafan colours.