Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

Last year we shared with you Amy’s story. A vivacious, courageous, and enthusiastic young cardiac patient. Amy was a joy and privilege to get to know. Tragically Amy passed away in June 2021. She and her family remain very much in our thoughts and prayers. Amy was determined to raise awareness of the need for supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of young cardiac patients, understanding through her own experiences, the difference in their needs to those of other generations. She...

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Transformation of Quiet Room and Relatives Room in Critical Care

Transformation of Quiet Room and Relatives Room in Critical Care

This project developed from simply the Quiet Room (on A3) to include the Relatives’ Room (on B3) also. It has been slower to progress, owing to covid-related pressures on staff and facilities. However, the time is now right we are glad to say! The Quiet Room is a safe space, a cwtsh, for the very tough (and all too frequent) clinician / family conversations about their loved one, for the family member(s) to discuss freely, and to grieve. The Relatives’ Room provides a separate safe haven to...

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The Daring to Dream 2020 Winter Festival

The Daring to Dream 2020 Winter Festival

On December 31st 2020, Daring to Dream experimented with its very first online #WinterFestival. Aware of how much we are all missing live music, and also that going out or having friends or family round was a total ‘no-no’ on December 31st last year, we decided to test out an online festival. Arranged within days, we were also focused on raising funds in order to transform the Quiet Room in Critical Care at University Hospital of Wales. So, by connecting with individual musicians from family,...

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Neil Hopper, Vascular Surgeon, and patient, becomes a patron of Daring to Dream

Neil Hopper, Vascular Surgeon, and patient, becomes a patron of Daring to Dream

Swansea-born Neil Hopper is 44 years old, and a Vascular Surgeon. He lives with his wife and two children in Cornwall, UK. Neil graduated with degrees in Anatomical Science and Medicine from the University of Wales College of Medicine, completing his postgraduate surgical training on the Welsh Higher Surgical training scheme. Following his MD in surgery he undertook a fellowship in Vascular Surgery in Sydney, Australia, gaining extensive additional experience of open vascular surgery and in...

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Fabulous Welshcakes Ltd adopting Daring to Dream as their charity for 2021

Fabulous Welshcakes Ltd adopting Daring to Dream as their charity for 2021

We are thrilled to announce that the prestigious local Cardiff-based business, Fabulous Welshcakes Ltd, have adopted Daring to Dream as  their charity for 2021. With shops in Castle Arcade and Mermaid Quay and a strong online presence and sales at https://www.fabulouswelshcakes.co.uk/buy-online  their products have huge appeal to so many. ‘Fabulous Welshcakes are immensely proud to support Daring To Dream throughout 2021, the work they are doing in our local hospitals is very worthwhile and...

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General Surgery Quiet Room – a success story against huge odds!

General Surgery Quiet Room – a success story against huge odds!

Against many odds and with lots of help from Gail Prosser (ward manager and her colleagues), General Surgery at University Hospital of Wales now have a safe and comforting space for patients and families. A cwtsh for private and supportive conversations, all furnishings provided by Daring to Dream. Every Quiet Room needs to literally be a cwtsh, a safe haven. Quiet Rooms provide a peaceful and safe space in which to allow families to connect with huge emotions,  express confusion, hurt, fear,...

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Daring to Dream working together with Radio Glamorgan

Daring to Dream working together with Radio Glamorgan

We are excited to announce the start of our journey in working together with Radio Glamorgan. We are taking our first steps together, both committed to the importance of music in supporting and connecting with patients who are at home or on hospital wards. Radio Glamorgan began in 1967 at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI). A few year later, they then moved to their current home at the University Hospital of Wales and for a few decades their studios were housed within the basement. However,...

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Cardiology nurses discuss the emotional impact for patients living with chronic conditions

Cardiology nurses discuss the emotional impact for patients living with chronic conditions

Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) is a lifelong chronic heart condition. Many of the adult survivors have undergone multiple surgeries, interventions, treatments, and investigations throughout their lives, spending long periods of time in hospital. The impact of this is huge and lasting for both patients and their families. Being an inpatient or having to make multiple trips to a hospital, either as a patient or a visitor can have a considerable bearing on an individual’s emotional and...

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Connecting to recommended online wellbeing support

Connecting to recommended online wellbeing support

We recognise that many, many people live with ongoing and debilitating chronic conditions and also life-shortening conditions; we know that this is emotionally really, really tough. Therefore, we are developing ways to reach out and support outpatients who are seeking support for their emotional wellbeing. One way we can do this is to connect you all to the extra help for your mental wellbeing that is available across Wales, online and over the phone. These services are safe, free and you do...

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Lesley’s story

Lesley’s story

Speaking to Lesley Meek is a humbling experience. Throughout her life she has spent more time in hospital than anyone should have to. Yet she has learnt to face adversity and remains positive and is a great supporter of Daring to Dream which makes a positive contribution to the emotional health and wellbeing of patients and their families. Lesley’s struggle began in 1966, born prematurely with a heart condition. Her parents were told she would not survive. She spent the first two years of her...

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Hospital – a place for emotional as well as physical care

Hospital – a place for emotional as well as physical care

Over the years, being in hospital and seeing your loved one battling to stay alive is draining for anyone. You do not realise the impact it has on you as you are trying your hardest to be strong for them and somehow contain your emotions. At times, the word and place “Hospital” can feel as though it is a daunting place to be. This is why emotional support for patients but also for their families is crucial; it allows people to see the true colours of Hospital, which is in fact a place filled...

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C3 Corridor Relatives’ and Quiet Rooms

C3 Corridor Relatives’ and Quiet Rooms

On Friday March 6th, Daring to Dream was able to invite staff, patients, and supporters to the official “Red Ribbon” opening of the refurbished Relatives’ and Quiet Room within the Cardiothoracic Directorate. As part of our commitment we intend to refurbish all of the Cardiology ward patients’ day rooms and the relatives’ rooms, turning them into more comfortable and comforting spaces. We were delighted to announce the completion of the first two rooms, the Relatives’ Room and The Cwtsh, both...

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Harmoni Cymru on B1

Harmoni Cymru on B1

Music is such a powerful way to provoke memories, emotions, and lift our spirits. We had been able to arrange weekly musical interludes with Harmoni Cymru for patients on Ward B1 in the Cardiothoracic Directorate. Patients just loved them! Amidst patient feedback comments were: “It just brightened the day, cheered us up and put a smile on our faces” Another patient said “Absolutely made my day. Both young ladies were brilliant and the lady with violin could make it talk.” “They brought a ray...

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Launch of Daring to Dream

Launch of Daring to Dream

At the final Leading Wales Awards & Legacy Dinner in September 2019, we formally launched the new charitable fund, Daring to Dream, which is part of the legacy of the Awards. Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and the fund’s first patron) together with Dr Nav Masani (Assistant Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist from Cardiff & Vale University Health Board) both spoke eloquently, persuasively and with much compassion. They outlined from their personal and...

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