11:00am Friday 12th April 2013
SCHOOLS in Gwent will be holding superhero-themed fundraising events to raise cash for Ty Hafan during Children's Hospice Week (April 26 to May 3).
Culminating with Superhero Friday, the week celebrates the vital work of children's hospices across the UK and the school which raises the most will win £250, donated by Western Power Distribution, to spend on equipment.
Ty Hafan is also appealing to businesses, groups and individuals to organise fundraising events during the week.
Everything from wearing superhero costumes in exchange for donations to sponsoring a hero for an hour could help, and all money raised will go towards helping children and families make the most of their time together.
Since opening in 1999, Ty Hafan has provided comfort, care and support to more than 500 families, including Casey Hard's family from Coedkernew, Newport.
Casey, now 17 months, was born with severe brain damage following complications at birth, and has been diagnosed with epilepsy, spasms, cortical visual impairment and evolving cerebral palsy.
His condition means he needs 24-hour care, while his dad Anthony has been battling a brain tumour for the second time.
The family have visited the hospice for short breaks several times in the last six months, making sure that mum Nahella and dad Anthony have time to rest and unwind with nine-year-old daughter Reagan.
Mrs Hard said: "I really don't know what we would have done without Ty Hafan, they have become an extended part of the family and have completely changed our lives.
"You can see Casey becomes instantly comfortable when he arrives and he sleeps so much better as well. He loves the sensory area and the arts and crafts room.
"He can't see very well so the sensory elements are so beneficial for him.
"The hospice has had such a positive impact on us, not only do they care for all Casey's needs, but they also support the whole family as well."
To find out how to support Ty Hafan during Children's Hospice Week, visit www.tyhafan.org or call business and community fundraiser Alison Stallard on 07787 283719.
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