Ty Hapus opened its doors to our first Guest Ann Cummins on December 12th 2011.
Ann’s daughter, Justine Pickering MBE, is the founder of the Ty Hapus Charity and day support service. Although originally set up to support people with a ‘Young onset Demetia’ Ty Hapus has evolved to support people of any age affected by dementia.
2011 BARRY & DSTRICT NEWPAPER ARTICLE
VOLUNTEERS have begun the final phase of work on a pioneering drop-in centre for people with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Ty Hapus, or Happy House, will be the first centre of its kind in Wales, offering activities and stimulation for Alzheimer’s sufferers from the ages of about 35 to 65.
The celebrity-backed centre is the result of years of work and campaigning by Justine Pickering, wife of Welsh Rugby Union chairman David Pickering. Justine’s mother Annie, 63, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease when she was 55.
Justine campaigned to provide a centre for early-onset Alzheimer’s sufferers and is now converting the former Towers doctors’ surgery in Holton Road, Barry, into Ty Hapus.
The campaign has been supported by former Welsh rugby coach Graham Henry, newspaper columnist AA Gill, whose late father had early-onset Alzheimer’s, and TV presenter Fiona Phillips, whose parents were both diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Justine set up Ty Hapus , the first centre of its kind in the UK, which offers vital respite to those who care for people who have been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.
Based in Barry, the mother-of-four was inspired to launch the service as her mum, Ann, had been diagnosed with early onset dementia at just 55.
THE trustees of a charity looking after those with early onset Alzheimer’s and their carers have taken a first look at their Barry base.
Ty Hapus founder Justine Pickering said: “Looking after someone with Alzheimer’s is relentless, gruelling and extremely upsetting”.
“The centre will offer dignified age-appropriate day care for up to six people a day in the front part of the building, and the back part will be used as a drop-in facility with a coffee lounge and therapy, counselling and treatment rooms.”
Ty Hapus has so far gained support from the Welsh Rugby Union and novelist Jilly Cooper has offered to put fundraisers under starters orders on a cycle ride from Gloucester to Barry Island next summer.
More than £100,000 has already been raised towards the centre and trustees hope to employ four respite workers and a manager.