FOUNDER OF CARMARTHEN AND DISTRICT HOSPICE APPEAL
In 1992, Hazel Powell convened a group of people with an interest in setting up a hospice for Carmarthen and District. As a nurse and the wife of a local GP, she felt there was a need for somewhere for those suffering from cancer and other serious illness to be referred for care and support. Enough people showed their support for a group to be set up as ‘THE CARMARTHEN AND DISTRICT HOSPICE APPEAL’ and registered as such with the Charity Commission in 1993. A constitution was set up and seven trustees appointed with a fundraising committee of about 20.
The hope was to have a hospice with beds and talks were held with the Health Trust existing at that time. This was not to be, as a hospice with beds was already being established at Llanelli but it was agreed to have a Day Hospice and the building originally known as ‘Crossways’ on Bronwydd Road was bought by the Trust and all adaptations costing £200,000 paid for by the Hospice Appeal.
Hazel served as President, Trustee and Chairman for many years until in 2004 she resigned due to ill-health. Sadly she died in December 2005. Her contribution will be remembered as long as the hospice exists.A picture of Hazel was commissioned for the Official Opening of the new Tŷ Cymorth building and a sketch was drawn by Amy Davies, grand-daughter of one of the original committee members, Della Evans, who presented the portrait. It is now to be seen in the reception area at the new hospice.
Della Evans holding the portrait of Hazel