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Family Room

The children’s (Family) room opened in 1999. Research showed the importance to families of being able to spend quality time together when a parent or grandparent has cancer. We wanted to create a child-friendly, non-threatening environment where children of all ages could visit relatives and spend quality time together. The project has been a huge success and we say a big thank you to all families for their generosity and support. Families who helped us are all remembered on our story board posted outside the room.

After 10 years use, children were being quite blunt in letting us know that the room needed a face-lift in order to cater for their needs!

In 2008 we were approached by the family and friends of the Ed Evans Foundation (external web link) whose generous donation led to the complete refurbishment of the room. Additional donations also came from:

  • The Sennybridge young farmers
  • Leighton Griffiths
  • Welsh Region of Jazz Bands
  • Rhiwbina RFC
  • Pendragon Charity Fund

The additional support ensured the new room had state-of-the-art lighting and games consoles for our younger visitors.

We re-named the newly refurbished room the 'Lion’s Den'. It was officially re-opened by Welsh rugby star Martyn Williams on 1st April 2009. We are delighted with the positive feedback from families who have used the room. The children (and parents/grandparents!) particularly like the Wii games console and bright environment.

The Lion’s Den is available for Velindre patients and their families and can be booked through any member of the nursing staff or ward receptionists.

The room is booked for one family at a time. It is not a crèche facility - children must be supervised at all times. The room can also be booked to celebrate special family events such as birthdays. Tea and coffee facilities are available free of charge. We hope you enjoy using the Lion’s Den!

Please leave us a comment about your visit in our visitor’s book.

Kind regards

Velindre Cancer Centre, Velindre Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2TL
Tel: 029 2061 5888