On the National Day of Reflection we are remembering one of our long serving supporters and volunteers Kevin Hughes who sadly died of Covid-19 this year.

Kevin, who was 63 when he died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, was ever present at many of our events and played a key role in helping to raise thousands of pounds for us since 2012.

From our winter balls to golf days and the annual duck race, keen photographer Kevin would be there with his camera to document these marvellous events for us, and help us get lots of attention in the local newspapers.

On top of that he also did his own fundraising, including donations in lieu of gifts for his and his wife Sally’s wedding anniversary, and was this year planning to do a Coast to Coast walk with the ambition of raising £10,000 for us.

A fantastic volunteer

Alison Marsh, our Head of Fundraising, paid tribute to Kevin.

She said: “Everyone at Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith was truly saddened by Kevin’s death as he was a fantastic volunteer who worked tirelessly for the children and families we support.

“His passion was incredible and he was an integral part of the fundraising team in this area.

“His work for Hope House was motivated by our mission to ensure that no one should face the death of a child alone.”

Julia Jones, mum of Harry Jones who created and organises the annual Harry’s Duck Race event, said: “Kevin was such a lovely gentleman.

“We met him when he covered our fundraising event for our son Harry. He showed us nothing but compassion and respect and did an amazing job with the press release for the duck race for Hope House.

“It was a privilege to meet him and he will be remembered with great fondness.”

Kevin will be hugely missed by everyone here, and on this Day of Reflection we take the time to remember the dedication and enthusiasm he had for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith.