I first became aware of Tŷ Hafan about 12 years ago. The landlord of my local pub in Blackwood used to run fundraising events for the hospice. I would casually toss a few pounds into the pot without much of a thought for where it would end up.

I gradually became more aware of the role of the hospice over the next few years through media coverage, but didn’t realise the extent of what they did until work took me there on a monthly basis, starting in January 2014.

Becoming a parent in August 2014 made me re-evaluate things and start to view life in a different way as priorities changed. After this time, I think it made me appreciate even more the important work that the staff at Tŷ Hafan do.

Without being there yourself, I don’t think it’s possible to fully empathise with what the family of a life-limited child go through on a daily basis. I can’t even begin to find the words. Despite this, the thing that sticks with me the most when I think about the hospice is the amount of smiles and laughter I have heard there.

Needing the best part of £4 million a year just to open its doors, it is so important that the care and support provided to children and families can continue.

I decided to run the Paris Marathon in April 2016, and raise money for the hospice…when lacking motivation before a long training run, it would only take a quick thought or two to remind me why I was doing it and get out of the front door.

Keep up the amazing work Tŷ Hafan and well done MARK LEWIS ! ML Paris