As regular readers of Cardiff Mummy Says will know, I’ve been taking part in Precious Moments, a campaign run by Tŷ Hafan. It’s to help raise awareness of the work the children’s hospice for Wales does in supporting children with illnesses and medical conditions that mean they won’t survive to adulthood, and their families.
Sadly, Tŷ Hafan can’t give the gift of time to many of the families they look after. But they can give them the gift of precious moments to enjoy together. And so, each week throughout November and December, Tŷ Hafan has been asking people to share photos of their own precious moments on social media to raise awareness of the work that it does and to help encourage donations towards the £4m it needs to raise each year to provide its services. I’ve already shared photos which to me represent excited, cwtch, and inspire.
This week is the last week of the campaign and the photo I’m sharing represents the word Santa.
This photo was taken when Little Miss E, my now six-year-old eldest child, was three weeks old. It was her very first Christmas and my first Christmas as a mummy.
The Christmas before had been a difficult one for me and my husband as we’d just had a miscarriage. The whole festive season was an emotional blur with a lot of tears and sadness. I put on a fake smile and tried to be brave, but it was so hard as inside I was breaking.
The next Christmas was such a contrast. When Baby E (with a little help from Cardiff Daddy) presented me with a Mummy mug and socks, it made me burst into tears of happiness. On the surface, it might just look like another little baby wearing a Santa outfit, but every time I look at it, it reminds me of how lucky I am. This photo is such a precious moment to me and my little Santa Baby was everything I could have wanted for Christmas and so much more besides.
You only have to look at some of the Christmas photos being shared via the Tŷ Hafan social media accounts to see how precious such moments are.
You can share photos or stories of your own precious moments on the theme of Santa on social media to help raise awareness for Tŷ Hafan and the work it does.
£10 could pay for outreach play therapy for a family and their child.
£15 could pay for half an hour of physiotherapy to ease a child’s pain.
£23 could pay for an hour of support for a family.
You can also shop at any of their 31 charity shops across Wales, or donatefollowfollowgood quality unwanted men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and accessories, bric a brac, homeware, books, DVDs and CDs. Goods can be dropped off at any of their shops or a free collectionfollowfollow can be arranged. If you’re a fan of vintage, then check out the three Vintage Emporiumfollowfollow shops they have in South Wales, as well as their eBay shopfollowfollow.
Will you share your precious moments on the theme of Santa for Tŷ Hafan? You can share with me on any of my social media channels (the Cardiff Mummy Says Facebook pagefollowfollow, Instagram feedfollowfollow and Twitterfollowfollow) – and don’t forget to follow Tŷ Hafan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag them in too.