The first Welsh charity wins support from leading London-based marketing support organisation

The first Welsh charity wins support from leading London-based marketing support organisation

Daring to Dream is the first Welsh charity to receive support from The Worshipful Company of Marketors (‘The Marketors’), who have recognised the unique and important focus of this young and ambitious charity. The charity is unique in that it is the only one supporting the emotional health and wellbeing for adult patients in Wales, living with physical illness. This significant marketing support will contribute to enabling Daring to Dream to embark on its next stage of growth as it plans a...

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A few words on dancing, imagining, and showing compassion to ourselves – Jo Fong

A few words on dancing, imagining, and showing compassion to ourselves – Jo Fong

Jo is an artist, performer, maker, and a gardener. We have one body. I’ve always been a physical person - dancing, moving, gesturing and expressing myself through and with my body has been my first language and later from the age of 19, a livelihood. Now aged 50 it’s changed again and I’m trying to be a friend to this new version of me. As a female professional dancer there’s been a sense that my body doesn’t always belong to me. It might belong to choreography, a choreographer, oftentimes a...

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Daring to Dream is delighted to announce the completion of more room transformations in Cardiology at University Hospital Wales

Daring to Dream is delighted to announce the completion of more room transformations in Cardiology at University Hospital Wales

Daring to Dream is delighted to announce that, with support from The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales, the charity has now finalised the  transformation of three more rooms in the Cardiothoracic Directorate at University Hospital of Wales. This week has seen the completion of the Cardiac Day Case Unit (CDCU), as well as our recent transformation of Ward B1 Patients’ Day Room and Out Patients’ Department Quiet Room. These room makeovers ensure the charity continues to fulfil its aim to...

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Daring to Dream Celebrates

Daring to Dream Celebrates

On March 29th, the charity held an online celebratory event, hosted by Sian Lloyd. We aimed to: raise awareness of the need to support the emotional health and wellbeing of adult patients in Wales living with physical illness inform and celebrate the remarkable recent achievements of Daring to Dream, a young and ambitious charity, which only achieved its charitable status after the first lockdown in July 2020. Joining Sian in the studio on the night were three wonderful people who live with...

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Daring to Dream invites you to join in the Celebration

Daring to Dream invites you to join in the Celebration

Daring to Dream invites you to join in the Celebration March 29th 6pm onlineOn behalf of the trustees of Daring to Dream, may I extend an invitation to you to attend our online Celebration event, hosted by Sian Lloyd, on Tuesday  29th March (18:00 – 19:00)? Please register with eventbrite by clicking here as soon as possible. There is no cost to the event. Against huge odds during the pandemic, we have worked together with three different directorates at University Hospital of Wales  and...

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Lleswyl- our hugely successful inclusive festival at home

Lleswyl- our hugely successful inclusive festival at home

At the end of November, Daring to Dream, celebrated the success of our first inclusive festival-at-home experience for those with chronic illness, as well as for those who are well. Lleswyl: The Daring to Dream Festival was live-streamed, free of charge, to bring the festival experience to everyone, including those living with a chronic illness or disability. As a charity we were also raising awareness of the need to support the emotional health and wellbeing of those living with long term...

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Disabled Music Lover Looks Ahead to Inclusive Festival

Disabled Music Lover Looks Ahead to Inclusive Festival

Julian John, 50, collapsed in 2005 due to a brain injury that developed from food poisoning. Losing the ability to stand, walk and talk, he was housebound for three years. After undergoing five years of intense physical therapy in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, he was able to regain almost all function, aspects of his life are still limited due to his disability. Founder of Disability Confident business Delsion Ltd., Julian has excelled in his work life through...

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Lupus patient Barbara Chidgey describes the Lleswyl experience, from dream to reality

Lupus patient Barbara Chidgey describes the Lleswyl experience, from dream to reality

Lleswyl2021: Friday 26th November 19:00 – 23:00Live-streamed to you at no costSecure your free tickets from https://lleswyl.eventbrite.co.uk Lleswyl (Daring to Dream’s online Wellbeing Festival) will truly be an experience not to be missed. By producing Lleswyl, the charity Daring to Dream aims to achieve two very specific things. Firstly, to reach out to those living with chronic illness or disability, to bring a festival-at-home experience to them; since getting to live gigs is not an option...

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Daring to Dream Charity Gives Critical Care Hospital Rooms a New Lease of Life

Daring to Dream Charity Gives Critical Care Hospital Rooms a New Lease of Life

As a young and ambitious charity whose mission is to support the emotional health and wellbeing of adult patients in Wales, one of the ways in which we do this is transforming patient day rooms, relatives’ rooms, and quiet rooms in hospital. We are thrilled to announce the completion another two such rooms in the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in the last month: the relatives’ room and quiet room in critical care. Rooms such as these are normally very dismal and bleak, both in décor and...

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Daring to Dream Charity Launches ‘Lleswyl’, its Festival-At-Home experience

Daring to Dream Charity Launches ‘Lleswyl’, its Festival-At-Home experience

Friday November 26th 19:00 – 22:30 Register for your free tickets: https://lleswyl.eventbrite.co.uk Daring to Dream is a young and ambitious charity whose mission is to support the emotional health and wellbeing of adult patients in Wales. Illness (acute and chronic) and disability can be incredibly isolating, and very emotionally demanding too. The charity provides wellbeing support through tangible means such as creating safe, non-clinical havens for patients and families in hospitals as...

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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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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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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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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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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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