TORCHWOOD and Dr Who star John Barrowman swapped time travel for time capsules – helping Ty Hafan Children's Hospice stake its place in the universe!

The screen and stage star, best known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its Cardiff-based spin-off, hot-footed it to the hospice in Sully, to mark its 10th anniversary by burying two time capsules.

The entertainer, who encourages fans to donate to the charity through his website, bagged £1,900 for the cause when he appeared on ITV’s All Star Family Fortunes last November.

And he also raised around £2,500 thanks to the generosity of audiences who saw him star in Robin Hood at the New Theatre in Cardiff over Christmas.

Twelve-year-old Victoria Godwin, who attends Ty Hafan, played co-star for the day, helping her hero tackle the task of concealing the canisters containing hospice memorabilia.

The capsules will be unearthed on the hospice’s 25th and 50th anniversaries.

John, who first discovered the hospice while walking along a footpath with partner Scott two days after moving to Sully, has also helped raise £9,000 towards a hydrotherapy pool.

He said: "I thought it would be good to get involved with it and the community, and that it is how all this started.

"The audience at the panto have been so generous," he added.

"People in South Wales are very generous!"

Chairman of Trustees, Robert Lewis, said: "Ty Hafan and its services have developed quickly over the ten years we have been open.

"We were anxious to record all the important events that have happened during that time as well as give a 'snapshot' impression of how Ty Hafan is today.

"It’s all about providing the right environment for the children and families who need our services," he added.

"But who knows, in 50 years’ time there might not be a need for places like this."

The children’s hospice has provided care and support for almost 400 life-limited children, young people and their families from across Wales since opening back in 1999.