Walkers enjoy late-night date to help hospice
MORE than 200 women dressed in their pyjamas and superhero capes strolled through Swansea in the dead of night on Friday.
Ty Hafan's Midnight Sleep Walk attracted ladies from across South Wales to the city eager to help raise the £3 million annual cost of running the hospice, based in Sully.
The late night event began with registration and entertainment, including a turn from The Voice star Ragsy.
There was also a surprise visit from BBC Three's Call Centre boss, Nev Wilshire, who turned up at the leisure centre to wish luck to the 14 female members of staff – included his employee Hayley the tealady – who had given up their Friday nights to take part.
Nev, who has also recorded a Christmas charity single in aid of Ty Hafan – SWSWSWN – said: "I am very proud of them and have come to wish them luck.
"We did a lot of research into choosing a charity and Ty Hafan just fits the bill."
Hayley, who was the final entrant to leave the LC, was also the first to finish the six-mile route around the city, jogging most of the way.
She said: "I decided to take part because I love a good walk and keeping fit."
Kayleigh Davies, of Llanelli, also works at the now famous call centre. She said she was inspired to take part after meeting a Ty Hafan family during the recording of the single.
"I heard their story first hand and they had the best praise for Ty Hafan, so felt I had to do something to support them," she said.
And it wasn't just the now famous Swansea names who were taking part.
Real life superhero mum Nikki Pedrick, of Pontardawe, whose son Oliver attends the hospice, spoke about how the event would raise awareness of Ty Hafan's work.
"The hospice is not somewhere were children just go to pass away. It's somewhere they can have respite and enable the families like mine to take a holiday and to take a break," she said.
"We've had counselling and if I feel I need to talk to someone, I only need to pick up the phone."
The walk's two oldest participants — Jean Evans, 82 and 79-year-old Myrna Cox — took part after being part of the Sketty Supporters' Group for 14 years, helping to raise more than £150,000 for the charity.
Ty Hafan is still counting the total raised.