About us

Time is Precious is a voluntary run charity which has been running since 2011. It was set up by Neil and Nicky Halford in memory of their son Ben who sadly died from cancer in 2010. He was cared for at Bristol Children’s Hospital, Frenchay and RUH children’s ward for almost four years!

The aim of the charity is to help create a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for children and their families in hospital or at home.

The charity works alongside specialists to purchase equipment and refurbish areas to support not just those children who because of illness or disability find themselves in hospital for treatment but also their families who want to be with them because time is just that precious.

We can help at home

Time Is Precious, aim to help as many children as possible who may need extra equipment not supplied by the NHS at home. This could also include sensory equipment, specialised devices such as Eye Gaze Communication etc. Every child is unique & will need equipment to suit them, working alongside hospital staff, to ensure the needs of the child is met correctly.

If you would like to apply for equipment at home please email us for a application form.    

New A & E waiting area at Yeovil Hospital

Mobile Sensory Unit helping young child

Hospital life can be extremely stressful when you have an ill child. Time is precious purchase amazing equipment to help relax the children as well as helping distract them from traumatic procedures.

Family and friends like to visit young patients, but visits can be cut short because it is difficult keeping brothers and sisters entertained. We want to be able to make visiting time as best we can for everyone so they can enjoy playing games, chatting and just being a family.

Hospital Wards, play and physiotherapy departments often need extra funding for resources and equipment as Hospital budgets are limited.

The Charity aims to fund the departments by raising monies to purchase equipment for the patients to use during their time in the hospital.

The principal hospitals to Benefit are as follows:


Bristol Children's Hospital

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) provides a local service for Bristol children and a referral service for specialist care for families across the South West and nationally.

Time Is Precious supports the Play & Physio Departments and all Wards. We  have funded many projects  which includes a Therapy Room and a Parent Room. We also provide essential equipment which helps distract children and keep them entertained.




RUH Bath Children's Ward


T.I.P Support the Children’s Ward by supplying resources such as IPads, sensory equipment and reclining chairs (for parents to stay by their child’s bedside in comfort). Patients are also able to use the Sensory Room and the Teenage Chillout room which you can read about on our Projects page.



Eye Gaze communication system

Booster Therapy Centre in the RUH

The Booster Therapy Centre is an outpatient clinic assessing children with disabilities & special needs. T.I.P help by supplying specialized equipment such as an Eye Gaze Communication System which enables children, who are unable to speak, the ability to communicate and interact using eye movement. T.I.P also fund seating and standing support aids, as well as the Sensory Room.

Yeovil Hospital Children's Ward

 Yeovil Hospital Children’s Ward has had two major refurbishment projects completed by T.I.P including a new A & E Paediatric Waiting Area and a Play Area in the children’s ward.

T.I.P have also raised £10,000 for the family room in the new Special Care Baby Unit.

We have a fantastic fundraising team in the Yeovil area and if you would like to help, please contact us.


Sensory EQ

Cot Mobiles

dvd players

Chairs for parents