The hidden meaning behind new development name in St Asaph

Tuesday, 21st February 2023

A grieving family has been given a lasting memory of their loved one and their experience at St Kentigern’s Hospice in St Asaph thanks to Castle Green Homes.

Dave Thomas, from Rhyl, passed away at the hospice aged 65 following a short battle with cancer. During his final days, he spent time reminiscing with family members in the sunshine as they looked out over the grounds and neighbouring land, some of which has now been gifted to the hospice by Castle Green to extend their outdoor space.

When Dave’s daughter-in-law Shirlean started work in customer care for Castle Green Homes in St Asaph she shared the experience with colleagues. The story helped inspire the name for the homebuilder’s development, on land next to the hospice. It has been called Maes yr Haul, which translates as Fields of Sun.

In recognition of the vital work of the hospice in the community Castle Green is making a series of donations over the next three years to support the charity. The homebuilder is also gifting a piece of land between its homes and St Kentigern’s to the hospice to provide additional outside space.

“Dave had been diagnosed with throat cancer and vowed to ‘fight it and give it everything he had’. Sadly, it was discovered he also had lung cancer and was moved to the hospice,” Shirlean explained.

“His bedroom door opened out so we could sit outside in the garden – the weather was glorious.

Shirlean recalled: “Over the course of the week we sat outside in the sunshine and he would talk about his life growing up and reminisce. It was a really emotional time.

“We can’t thank St Kentigern’s enough for the help and support they gave to the whole family. They put a counselling programme in place for my daughter to help give her the skills she needed so that we could grieve as a family. It will always have a special place in our hearts.”

Shirlean added: “I’m grateful to Castle Green for naming the development with my father-in-law in mind. It means that a little part of him lives on. Fields of sun are exactly what they were for our family. It gave comfort to us and we have good memories of sitting outside in the blazing sun in our own little bubble.

“When we think of the development, we think of him because there’s a connection back to him. I feel so privileged to have had that opportunity because it has such a connection to us a family. It’s an honour.”

Castle Green has detailed planning for 113 homes across a 12 acre site, on Upper Denbigh Road. Subject to planning, the company will build a further 20 homes on an additional 1.6 acre parcel of land, which was formerly an ambulance centre.

Maes yr Haul offers a choice of two, three and four-bedroom homes, with the final few properties on the first phase now on sale. Current prices start from £183,995 for a two-bedroom Oakley.

The sales centre at the development is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information see here.

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