Charity lottery loot help for Barry family
12:01pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A BARRY family is championing a Sully charity’s lottery 15th anniversary following the help it has given its 17-year-old son.
T? Hafan’s lottery, now known as Crackerjackpot, started before the hospice was built in 1998, but assisted one of its first referral babies - Jacob Ferryday.
15 years later, 17-year-old Jacob still visits the hospice regularly and the lottery has become the UK’s most successful hospice lottery.
One of seven children, Jacob, from Barry, suffers from the condition encephalopathy which is a brain disorder and means that he has profound learning difficulties, development delay and epilepsy.
Jacob’s mum, Sally said: “When we first visited the hospice I didn’t know what to expect. It was hard for me to leave Jacob because he was a baby and I was not used to being apart from him. I was reassured by the care team and very soon felt completely at ease. I instantly felt the pressure lift. I hadn’t realised how tired I was or quite how much care I’d been giving until I had that break.
“Looking back, I really don’t think we would have coped without T? Hafan. They have been a godsend and we are incredibly grateful for everything they’ve done over the last 15 years.”
T? Hafan’s Lottery general manager John Mladenovic said: “Every supporter plays an important part in ensuring we can continue to help life-limited children and their families make the most of the time they have left together. We are delighted to be celebrating our 15th anniversary and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal members who have supported Crackerjackpot over the years.”
Crackerjackpot provides a vital source of reliable income for T? Hafan, raising around £1.1 million each year – around a third of the total amount needed to ensure T? Hafan can continue offering its services to life-limited children, young people and their families from across Wales.
Sally added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has played the lottery and supported T? Hafan as it has made such a difference to Jacob and our entire family.”
It costs £1 a week to play and you can win up to £12,000.
Visit www.lottery.tyhafan.org and sign up online.
Alternatively call 029 2053 2300.