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Home / Latest News / Tom Shanklin and Eddie Avoth make appearance at Ty Hafan fundraiser

Tom Shanklin and Eddie Avoth make appearance at Ty Hafan fundraiser

Spirits could not be dampened, even when the rain rolled in – because this was a fundraiser for a charity that has brightened the lives of countless youngsters and their families across South Wales.

More than 200 people flocked to an event at the Oystercatcher in Penarth marina this weekend in aid of children’s charity Ty Hafan.

The 12-hour bash saw fun and games, gripping performances by local singers, and even a sprinkling of famous faces.

Former Wales and Cardiff Blues rugby star Tom Shanklin and retired light heavyweight champion Eddie Avoth made appearances, alongside Big Brother contestant Laura Williams. 

Organiser and ex-Big Brother contestant Lisa Jeynes, 43, said: “If the weather had been good it would have been amazing, but despite the awful weather it was fantastic.

“Everyone loved the events, until it started hammering it down.”

Festivities included the traditional – a massive bouncy castle, penalty shootout and raffle – and the more unusual, including the world’s largest inflatable dartboard.

In the evening a Stars In Their Eyes singing competition was open to both young and old. 

The drive was organised in just four months, without the help of a committee.

But members of the charity were on hand to provide as much help as they could.

Big collection buckets were out in full force throughout the day and Lisa hopes to hit her target of at least £3,000 for the charity, which will include proceeds from a further two events, a charity auction and quiz.

Lisa said: “Ty Hafan is a charity that is very close to my heart because I have got a very poorly cousin who will probably end up being cared for by the hospice.

“And I know people who have got kids in there. I don’t know how parents do it.”

Families of children with terminal illnesses can call upon the support of the charity to provide comfort, support and care.

According to Lisa, who is set to become an ambassador for the charity, Ty Hafan only receives 3% in government funding, so the money raised from the event is going straight to them.

She said: “It will help keep the place running and to help make the childrens’ last months, weeks or days as happy as possible.

“Charities like these rely on events like this and we are very thankful for the sponsors who supported the event.”

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