HOPE House and Ty Gobaith are celebrating after "smashing" their biggest ever care appeal - to raise £500,000 in just 36 hours.

The online #FinalMomentsMatter appeal topped £560,000. It will fund a whole year of end of life care for seriously ill children and families in 2022.

Ahead of the appeal, more than £250,000 of match funding had been pledged by businesses and "key supporters". That meant that every £1 donated online during the 36 hours was doubled.

Hundreds of people across the region got behind the appeal, making personal donations. They also took part in sporting events, coffee mornings, sponsored walks and raffles.

Fundraisers were inspired by families from the area who had shared their poignant stories on video about how Hope House and Ty Gobaith had supported them when their children died.

Simi Epstein, fundraising director, said: "The love and support we have had over the last 36 hours has been humbling and I cannot even begin to describe how grateful we are to our brave families who shared their stories to ensure other families could receive care when their children die too.

“Together our generous match funders, our determined team leaders who ran mini online appeals, and our incredible families, supporters and volunteers dug deep and raised enough money to pay for end of life care for all local children and families who will need our services in 2022.

“What they achieved was nothing short of a miracle and we will never be able to thank them enough.

“Sadly, we cannot stop children from dying but thanks to everyone involved in the #FinalMomentsMatter appeal their families will not face the death of their child alone. Instead, they will receive the very best end of life care at the place of their choice - either at Hope House or Tŷ Gobaith, or supported in their own home.”

Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices need to raise £6.5 million every year to fund all their services for local children and families.

Their Amelia’s Story Christmas appeal and raffle to fund respite care continues until December 16, with £10,000 of cash prizes on offer sponsored by jewellers Clogau.