When a resident in his 90s at Tŷ Heulog Extra Care, Talbot Green, lost his wife of over 70 years and was unable to attend the funeral, our staff decided to arrange a private wake for him.

A previous resident at Tŷ Heulog herself, Monty’s wife had moved to Anwen Care Home, Bridgend, where he would visit her by taxi three times a week.

Knowing that Monty was unable to attend the funeral, Tŷ Heulog staff arranged a short service to replicate his wife’s official service, including his chosen music and verses. The staff also arranged plates of food and home-baked cakes for the wake.

Aware of the effects of residents being separated from their loved ones during COVID-19, Ty Heulog care manager Melanie Walters and her team from Radis decided to set up a JustGiving fundraising page.

They set a target of £200 for the NHS to buy digital devices, to enable those people with COVID-19 to contact their loved ones. Due to amazing support, the total raised exceeded £500.

Keeping up morale, the team has also been busy thinking of creative ways to raise money. Demi-Leigh Walters used her day off to give staff haircuts, Kian Oliver had his legs waxed and David Jones dyed his hair blue in support of the NHS. Tŷ Heulog’s local branch of Tesco also donated 42 Easter Eggs – one for each of the residents.

Ty Heulog Extra Care , which is commissioned by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, is situated in the heart of Talbot Green and provides affordable independent living for people over the age of 50.

Opened in 2016, Ty Heulog has 40 self-contained apartments and provides a number of social activities for residents and the wider community.

For more information email: communications@radis.co.uk

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