Tŷ Hafan‘s campaign to share Precious Moments is gaining momentum with Mark Colbourne MBE heading up the week as celebrity ambassador. So, aptly, week 5 of Tŷ Hafan’s Precious Moments campaign and this week’s letter is I – Inspiring.
I’ve previously written about the bloggers supporting this campaign, and have been posting my Precious Moments on Facebook. This week’s word has meant so much so I’m reverting to writing lots here.
It’s such a wonderful and timely word, I spent last week catching up with someone who researched ‘the experience of being inspired’ as part of her Doctorate. I think it’s such a vital part of our lives, and I have been fortunate enough over the years to have a number of inspirational people in my life, including the person I was speaking with.
As I reflected on the conversation, I reminisced about the inspirational people who’ve played a part in my life. I realised from a work perspective I struggled thinking of someone in more recent years who inspired me, and then I realised it correlated with having children.
Since becoming a mother I am constantly inspired by my children to be the best person I can be and that has been, and is, more than enough.
This week, I cried tears of joy and applauded with pride as my children took to the stage along with 180 other South Wales children as part of a winter showcase hosted by Superstars in the Making.You’ll probably have guessed from my posts the huge love I have for the theatre, and it’s one that runs a lot deeper than getting to the theatre often.
I love the confidence the theatre can offer young people, confidence which doesn’t have to mean extrovert qualities, I love the inner confidence the theatre nurtures, the belief that you can be whatever you want.
I hold close that aspirations should be nurtured, imagination encouraged, and ambition supported. To allow us to be the best that we can be.
And for me, theatre can take you wherever you want to go, into science, construction, medicine, or the arts. It gives you the ability to realise you can be whomever you want to be.
My little ones, at 4 and 6 years started their Superstars class in September. Whether they have a great singing or dancing talent is yet to be clear to me.
But what they are developing is a way to demonstrate their passion, to stand eye-to-eye with the world and be. I cried on Sunday night as I watched the joy on my daughter’s face. She stood on a stage in front of hundreds of people. She was bursting with pride.
She showed the world what she had been learning, singing and dancing, her body showed focus and concentration, everything inside her wanting to be her best.
Oh to be 6 and have had that inside of me.
I find it difficult to digest that my little ones have only been attending the Academy for 3 months, and yet with no hint of nerves but every hint of excitement they stood with those lights beaming down on them, with the faces of strangers smiling at them, and enjoyed themselves.
And every bit of me hopes that by continuing to be a part of the SITM community this continues. That they continue to want to be their best and make others happy.On Sunday my children were absolutely inspiring.
And there is the realisation of the bittersweet of Tŷ Hafan’s campaign. I am fortunate to have these moments, and grateful for each one.
Tŷ Hafan’s Children’s Hospice for Wales looks after life-limited children, young people and their families, ensuring they make the most of every precious moment.
Inspiring doesn’t really come close.
Tŷ Hafan is supporting more and more families there is a reality to how this support can be kept free of charge. With very limited public funding the charity needs to raise £4m each year to provide these services. Examples of how our support can help include:
● £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 support the charity, financially, through donating unwanted goods to the network of shops, and this Christmas by raising awareness on your social media channels.
Please follow Tŷ Hafan and get involved in sharing your #preciousmoments with Tŷ Hafan.