Churches across north and mid Wales have raised more than £8,500 for a charity supporting parents of children and babies in Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan.
Tŷ Croeso is a six-roomed unit that offers overnight accommodation and daytime support to families of children admitted to the hospital. It has two paid staff and relies totally on donations and volunteers to support the daily needs of parents.
Throughout 2017, churches across the Diocese of St Asaph raised money for Tŷ Croeso and handed over two substantial cheques. The biggest fund-raising activity was coordinated by a team from St Ethelwolds Church in Shotton, who undertook a cycling pilgrimage from North Wales to Walsingham in Norfolk. That 200-mile endeavour alone raised £2,850.
Debbie Ellson, who organised the cycling pilgrimage said: “We had an amazing response from St Ethelwold’s and the local community to our fund-raising effort, but it wasn’t without its challenges. We left Tŷ Croeso on 19 August last year and within two days one of our team had an injury preventing her from completing the pilgrimage and our support caravan broke down. For the rest of the journey we had to sleep in tents every night. The welcome we received from Father Andreos at Walsingham and the knowledge we had raised so much money for Tŷ Croeso made all the hardship more than worthwhile.”
Tŷ Croeso is in the grounds of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, adjacent to the Children’s Ward, with families from across North and Mid Wales making use of the facilities.
Its manager, Helen Coles, accepted the money from the diocese, saying: “We were delighted to be nominated as the St Asaph charity of the year. Not only have we received vital funds to continue our work, but the profile of the charity has been raised with increased interest from local groups and churches. I’ve had numerous requests to talk to local groups who then go on to send us donations following their own fund-raising events.”
Every year churches in the Diocese of St Asaph select a local charity to support, in addition to other fundraising. Previous recipients include Blind Veterans UK, Wales Air Ambulance and Farming Community Network.
The Alzheimer’s Society has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 offering and Housing Justice Cymru will receive the 2019 offering. Further information is available at http://stasaph.churchinwales.org.uk/life/diocesan-offering/