SAM & LUKE BRAVE THE SHAVE

Sam’s Story of Bravery & Courage

By Sammantha James

(Lettings Negotiator & Valuer, Mumbles Office)

Hi all, for those of you who know me well will already know the details of what I am about to share with you all. After careful consideration I thought that sharing my story online may help others who might go through the same situation as me.

April 2018

On the 4th April I found out that Luke, my husband, and I were expecting our first baby! We were so excited that our Christmas present was going to be a newborn and we told our family and friends straight away, never one to keep a secret!  However, it wasn’t all good news because a week earlier I had found a small lump in my breast and had been referred to the hospital as an ‘urgent case’ by my local GP.  Luckily Luke and my mum had made me go to the doctors straight away, even though I was pretty convinced this was a hormonal lump which was down to my pregnancy.

After two weeks of waiting, I still didn’t have an appointment letter for the chest ultrasound, so I called the hospital. The receptionist told me that due to being under 30 years of age I had been downgraded to ‘non-urgent’ and the wait would be up 8 weeks or more. I was so confused about how they could do that!

Another 7 weeks later I finally had an appointment scheduled at the hospital, at this point, I was 9 weeks pregnant and still confident that it was a pregnancy related lump.  However, the ultrasound showed that the lump was “suspicious” and I had an immediate biopsy. The next week felt like a year-long, the waiting was excruciating.  A week later I found myself sitting in a small room with my husband and the doctor explained that I had BREAST CANCER, to be exact, ‘Invasive Ductal Carcinoma’!

I was sent for a mammogram straight away to check whether the cancer was in both breasts or just one. The doctor said that moving forward there would be a lot to consider and the main thing being whether we could proceed with the pregnancy in order for me to have the treatment I needed.

Trying to stay positive in a crappy situation, I was so happy to have a call from my amazing breast care nurse Heather whom I’d met for the first time that day.  She called to tell me the results of the mammogram: the cancer hadn’t spread, it was only one lump which hadn’t changed in size since my previous ultrasound (any news was good news at that point and I was super grateful for the call as I wasn’t expecting to have the results until a week later).

My next appointment was at the outpatient clinic where the treatment plan was explained. The surgeon was great, I brought both my mum & Luke’s mum along just to reassure them and so that they could ask any questions. The consultant was confident that having a lumpectomy at this point was the best option.  Radiotherapy would also definitely be on the cards after surgery but I was reassured that they would take every precaution and adapt my surgery and treatment to what was best for me and our baby. My breast care nurse has been amazing throughout the whole process answering all of my silly questions and calling me regularly to check everything is ok.

My 3-month baby scan was surreal and I got to see the baby move so finally knew that everything so far was okay and the baby was healthy! BEST DAY EVER !!

July 2018

Getting off a plane at 4.30am after a lovely relaxing holiday with friends in Cyprus, I headed straight to the hospital as that was the day I had surgery to remove the cancerous cells!  I had an incision at the top of one breast and one under my armpit, where they removed the lymph nodes and then I was on bedrest for 2 weeks (it was perfectly timed for me to indulge on Love Island and have Luke wait on me hand and foot).  The amazing nurses made me so at ease and I knew they were not only looking after me but my baby as well. They organised for a midwife to come up from the Antenatal Unit to check that the baby was okay, as it was literally the only worry I had through the whole thing. This also meant I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat ️ for the first time and it was such a special moment that I will never forget.

September 2018

At 6 months through the pregnancy, I started chemotherapy, which is pretty rotten, but I have a little life inside me, so I have to be strong and positive.

On the 12th September after my 2nd chemo session, my hair started to fall out rapidly.  It was time to brave the shave! So it all came off, it felt so weird and took some getting used to but it was good to take things into my own hands, especially when so much is out of my control at the moment.  My husband has been amazing and also shaved his head and messed up his eyebrows.    I can’t thank him enough for always keeping my spirits high and making me laugh through the hardest times.

November 2018

On 1st November I finished work and went onto maternity leave. Luke is self-employed so he is going to take some time off once the baby is born and help me with our baby daughter (yes I found out it’s a girl!!).  We wish to embrace normal family life even though I will be continuing with my chemotherapy and going onto radiotherapy too.

SAM LEAVING DAWSONS TO GO ONTO MATERNITY LEAVE

Sam’s leaving do at Rose Indienne in Swansea Brave sam at her goodbye bash

Right now

I want everyone to know how important it is to check yourself for lumps or anything abnormal and just get anything suspicious checked by your doctor, no matter how small it is or how you can convince yourself it’s nothing serious! This link can show you what to look out for and how to check properly I found mine whilst checking in the shower!

Baby pics to follow in December!

sammantha's story

 

 

 

 

February 2019

Matthew Whitehead from our Llanelli office is running in the Llanelli half marathon next February for Sammantha & Luke.  He wishes for them to be able to embrace family life and not have to worry about anything other than themselves for a few months.  So he is hoping to gather a little fund to ease any financial stress allowing them to focus on parenthood and recovery.  The target is £500 through this crowdfunding page if you are able to donate it is much appreciated.

Llanelli Half Marathon 2019

 

Halloween Trick or Treat

Our Halloween Story

It has been a strange week at the Dawsons HQ, let us tell you about it….

Last week we had a call from a lady, addressing herself as Mrs Addams (she was rather particular about the spelling), and she said that she had a property she wanted to have valued, in order to put it on the market for sales, or for rental.

She stated that the property was vacant, but she would meet our valuers Chris & Ricky there and show them around.  She also mentioned that another agency had been instructed to sell the property, but they had not been very good – apparently, none of the staff wanted to come and do the viewings!

So Ricky & Chris set off to their viewing at Brynhewlog, The Mayals, Swansea and we captured their visit on film, have a watch:

AFTERWARDS:
As if that wasn’t scary enough, on their return to the office, they found that Naomi and her son George (pictured) had picked and carved jack o’lantern pumpkins for the offices so they were all decorated ready for Hallowe’en. Despite being rather spooked, Ricky & Chris saw the funny side of our little prank!

Thanks go to Kevin Chellew for allowing us to film in his property, and for the fine “acting” by the spooky cast:-

  • Chris Hope & Ricky Purdy (Directors) as themselves
  • Jane (Marketing Team) Gardner as Mrs Addams
  • Naomi Webborn (Marketing Team) as Granny NomNom
  • Natalie Dare (Sketty Sales) as Camilla
  • Amanda Bamford (Gorseinon sales) as Naughty Daughter
  • Callum Thomas (Auction Team) as HorseHead Boy
  • Halee Miller (Marketing Team) as Wednesday
  • Cameraman George from JP Gardner & Associates

Dawsons Swansea Haloween OfficeDawsons Swansea Haloween Office

George in the pumpkin patch

 

Halloween at Dawsons Property

Naomi's Jack O Lantern for Dawsons Halloween Decorations

Naomi's Jack O Lantern for Dawsons Halloween Decorations

Dawsons Property Autumn Round Up

Monthly round-up October

Dawsons staff carry out a litter pick sweep of the Langland Bay

Beach cleaning volunteers from DawsonsSeveral of our team donned blue gloves and set out to litter pick at one of Swansea’s most used beaches on the last day of the school holidays.   Several bags of rubbish were collected, which included glass, plastic and unwanted clothes.  We hope that we didn’t walk off with anyone’s clothes whilst they were out swimming….!!

Dawsons reached new heights

Raising Money for Huntingdons DiseaseOur lettings director Ricky Purdy braved the heights and climbed Mount Snowdon to raise money for a friend and work associate Dominic Subbiani who has recently been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease.  Ricky, and several other agents and industry suppliers, braved the Welsh mountain along with Dom himself, to raise funds for the Huntingdon’s Disease Association. They are still fundraising should you wish to donate please do so via Just Giving.  Raised at time of publishing: £37,486

Facebook launch property platform

Dawsons Properties Hit Facebook MarketplaceAugust saw the collaboration of property platforms such as Zoopla and On the Market begin advertising all available properties For Sale or Rent on Facebook platform ‘Marketplace’.  

Customers can now complete their property searches as they scroll through their profile feeds, giving another alternative of property searching at any hour of the day.  You can even send a request directly to our sales or lettings teams, and we will be in contact with you during office hours to discuss your requirements and arrange viewings.

Auction News

Dawsons Property Auctions SwanseaOur last Auction of the year is fast approaching on the 21st November get those empty properties moved before the Winter period hits us! Contact Dawsons Auction Team today on 01792 646060 and save on the heating bills plus have the money in the bank by Christmas! 

Our next auction will take place at the Swansea Marriot at 3pm.  All types of property considered, residential, commercial and land.

Relocation Agent Network Update:

Relocation Agent Network specialist Naomi Smythe from Dawsons PropertyRelocation Agent Network Specialist George Richards

Huge congratulations to Naomi Smythe, (our fastest ever employee to pass her @RelocationAgent exams) and George Richards of our Mumbles sales team who are now accredited Relocation Agents!

We’re the only agent in Swansea to have relocation specialists working out of all of our branches, working with “RAN” Relocation Agent Network, the world’s largest relocation company, with a UK network of some 700 offices.

You can find out all about the Dawsons relocation service on our short video:

Reward Card Update:

Welcome to our newest reward card business:

57 Barbers of Swansea

57 Barbers SwanseaOnline booking: 57barbers.nearcut.com Phone: 07944604868

Opening Hours:

Monday 9-6pm, Tuesday 9-6pm, Wednesday 9-6pm, Thursday 9-7pm, Friday 9-6pm, Saturday 8-4pm.

 

Career Hotline:

Are you considering a career in Estate Agency, Property Management or Surveying? Check out our current vacancies here:  http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/career.php

Dawsons at Swansea maritime Quarter

Where to live: Swansea Marina

Swansea Marina is situated in the city’s historic award winning Maritime Quarter and combines the vibrancy of a city centre location with the tranquillity of a waterfront and beach resort.SWANSEA BEACH FRONT IN OCTOBER

Swing bridges and locks, yachts, boats, listed buildings and sculptures all add to the atmosphere as do cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Alongside and linked by an iconic Sail Bridge, is SA1, a £138million dockside development. Marina or SA1, there’s so much to do all within walking distance.

waterside development in swansea marina

Swansea Marina Signpost for Local Attractions

Water sports on the beach, sailing lessons, cinemas, bowling and nightlife. The City Centre is a vibrant hub with over 230 shops and a fabulous market that’s home to all sorts of local delicacies. The LC Swansea, a superb multi-million pound leisure complex and water park is literally a stone’s throw away, as is the National Waterfront Museum telling the story of Wales’ industrial and maritime history, Swansea Museum, the oldest museum in Wales as well as The Dylan Thomas Centre which hosts a permanent exhibition on Dylan Thomas.

For sports fans, both Swansea City FC and Ospreys Rugby Club share the majestic Liberty Stadium a short drive away.

Properties in the Swansea Marina area start around £110,000 for a 1 bedroom apartment and range upwards, dependent upon the apartment block, views and condition of the property.  For instance, for sale at the time of writing (Oct 2018)

Abernethy Quay, Maritime Quarter, Swansea

For Sale £115,000

view from property for sale in swansea maritime quarter

 

Marine Walk, Swansea

Sold (STC) £410,000

Or how about a 4 bedroom marina townhouse with direct access to the beachfront?  This one is sold, but there are always more coming to market, so just register your details with our Marina office (contact details on the last photo, of the office).

Marine Walk, Swansea

Ocean’s Reach, Langdon Road, SA1 Waterfront, Swansea

3 bedroom townhouses available from £249,950 or 4 & 5 bedroom townhouses available from £385,000

Currently, under construction, a collection of 17 townhouses, offering the perfect balance of contemporary city living and coastal escape, designed to create a relaxing and inspiring place to live, set in the heart of the vibrant SA1.

On Thursday 18th October from 5pm to 8pm, Dawsons New Homes department is launching a brand new development of 17 townhouses:

Ocean's Reach, Langdon Road, SA1 Waterfront, Swansea CGI

 

If your preference is to rent a property, you can pick up a 1 bedroom apartment for around £650pcm or up to £1,100pcm for a tower apartment with fabulous views or a 4 bedroom townhouse from £1,400pcm.

Arethusa Quay, Maritime Quarter

To Let £650 PCM
Arethusa Quay, Maritime Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are visiting the area, please come into our fabulous office, meet the team and let us help you to find the home of your dreams, by the water in Swansea!

marina office dawsons property

Cake entries for Dawsons Cakesmash competition

Cakesmash Competition Winner Announced

Firstly thank you to absolutely everyone who entered a cake for our Cakesmash competition this year.  Genuinely we have a lot of amazing bakers in our location, I think we should consider The Great Wales Bake-Off #GWBO and see if the BBC are interested!  (Not C4).

So please put your hands together and give a warm round of applause to our most liked and loved cake, the CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD by Amanda Morgan!

Dawsons CAKESMASH competition winner

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Andrea has won a FREE Cake Smash photo shoot (worth £150) with the amazing Safelight Images of Swansea – or voucher equivalent – to gift it as a present.  We must say a huge thank you to Safelight Images, who have been incredibly generous and we cannot wait to see the results of the photo shoot!

Thank you again to everyone who participated, we hope that you all had a good time baking and we very much enjoyed seeing your designs!

 

 

 

 

Design our next Comapny Car for the Dawsons Property Fleet

Design one of Dawsons Company Cars

Our last Dawsons fleet company car (our Sketty sales branch car) was designed using old pictures donated by David Roberts of Bryngoldbooks, but for our next pool car we are looking for something brand new for our design, and are seeking the help of local youngsters.

The winner will see their design wrapped around a new Volkswagen ‘Up’ by Hansign Custom Graphics when it arrives in November. Any participating schools, community, youth groups and individuals will need to get their designs in by no later than Friday 26th October 2018 ready for the winner to be announced on the agency’s social media sites on Thursday 1stNovember 2018, allowing the competition design time to take place during October, in order for the car to be wrapped early November.

Angelia wins school design competition for Dawsons Property Services

This year we are looking for our local young artists to showcase their talents, and have the chance to see their design brought to life, and whizzing around town.  We are, therefore, appealing for local schools, community groups, youth groups or anyone between the age of 7 years to 15 years (inclusive) with a flair for art, to participate in a competition to decorate our next company car.

The winner will see their design wrapped around a new Volkswagen ‘Up’ by Hansign Custom Graphics when it arrives in November. The participating schools, community and youth groups will be announced on the agency’s social media sites on Monday, October 22nd  2018, allowing the competition design time to take place, before judging early November.

This year there is no set theme to the drawings, you get to freestyle and give us something from your imagination!

Any individuals or groups interested in participating should email naomi.webborn@dawsonsproperty.co.uk to express interest and Naomi will send an information pack and design specification by return.

All competition terms of entry can be read here.

Iconic Images for Dawsons Company Car Fleet

Something Old, Something New for Dawsons Fleet of Cars

In recent years Dawsons Estate Agency has used its fleet of company cars as innovative canvasses to catch the eye of people as they pass by. This has resulted in the creation of an array of attractive designs which reflect the communities surrounding each of its local offices and these can be seen driving around Swansea, Llanelli, Morriston, Gorseinon, Mumbles, Sketty & Killay.

The latest of these ‘mobile canvasses’ has appeared on the newest sales car to join the fleet at the firm’s Sketty branch. This time however, instead of eye-catching landscapes something a little different has been designed.  This new vehicle is wrapped with historic images of Sketty.

Dawsons contacted former journalist and now publisher, David Roberts, who for an amazing 21 years has been compiling pictorial nostalgia books which reflect the City and include photos of many locations where Dawsons sell and rent property, and have offered a well-established service for many decades.

Bryngold Books Swansea

David, whose latest publication, “Swansea – The time of our Lives”, by Bryngold Books, hits the shelves shortly, quickly responded to the request for Sketty-linked photographs to adorn the new VW Up city car.

DAWSONS CAR with DAVID ROBERTS IMAGERY

David (pictured with staff member Christine Adams from Sketty office, who will be seen driving around the area) said “Having spent many years contributing articles to the Swansea Evening Post’s Property Publication I  knew at first hand how professional Dawsons approach to the property market is. As a result I was delighted to assist.”,

David and Bryngold Books provided Dawsons with a number of iconic images of Sketty Cross from many years ago. Two of these were chosen and enlarged and printed in vinyl to wrap the new car. Most noticeable in one of the photographs, making the area instantly recognisable, is that of The Bush Public House, which will, no doubt, jog many a memory.

Chris Hope, our Dawsons senior partner said: “We would like our fleet to be unique, and take great pride in the fact that this new car is designed to be meaningful within its local community.”

DESIGN OUR NEXT CAR:

Our next company car design will be chosen from competition entries from all children aged 11 or under.  If you are a budding artist and wish to showcase your talents and see them turned into real moving pieces of art, find the details of our competition HERE.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2018

What is it?

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning takes place annually and this year the date was Friday 28th September.  It is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for those who support cancer patients in the UK and people all over the Country are asked to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year (2017) alone they raised over £27 million and I’m sure that this will be another successful year.

How did it start?

The first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather a small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather together, drink coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – only this time nationally.  Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan, what an amazing achievement.

What does it mean to Dawsons?

With 150 staff, we have so many people whose lives have been touched by cancer, and at the moment one team member is undergoing treatment, so it really does mean the world to us.  Macmillan do an amazing job and they are truly special nurses and support teams who face a lot of heartache every day, but with positivity and smiles on their faces.

Our Macmillan Coffee Morning 2018

So this year we set out to make our Coffee Morning the biggest we have ever achieved, and we decided to run the event in conjunction with our “Cake Smash” competition sponsored by the amazing photography studio  Safelight Images in Swansea.

(Winner of competition to be announced on our FACEBOOK PAGE

Each of the Dawsons offices was tasked with making their coffee morning the best ever, and to be honest, I was blown away by the results and the tremendous effort put in by the team members.  So let’s have a run-down on how each office got on last Friday:

Marina office kicked off their morning at 9am with a veritable feast of baked goodies, and had their sales negotiator Laura Jayne Davies serenading the visitors with her amazing voice!  As you will see from all of the photos below, there were so many cakes made or donated, in all of the Dawsons offices, and visitors flocked in with their charity money, and were blown away with the efforts, look and taste of all these treats.

Personally, I think we could consider a new type of estate agency with a tea and cake shop on the side.  Now that would be a great idea, don’t you think?  Although, after watching how the cakes disappeared so fast, I have a feeling the staff may worry a little about their waistlines if this was an everyday occurrence.

Whilst we are still tallying up the proceed for Macmillan, with a number of donations from local businesses yet to come, I have noted the running totals for some of the offices, under their branch names, so you can see it’s at least £700 so it really has been a worthwhile event, for our community networking and for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Well done to everyone who baked, donated, supported and enjoyed the morning!  Bring on 2019…

Marina Sales, Lettings and New Homes ~ Raised £181.17Swansea Marina Macmillan Coffee Morning

marina 3marina 5marina 8Gorseinon Sales £112.07Gorseinon Macmillan Coffee Morning

Killay SalesKillay Macmillan Coffee Morning

 

Killay Macmillan Coffee Morning

Llanelli Sales and Lettings ~ Raised £190.08Llanelli Macmillan Coffee Morning

Morriston Sales & Morriston LettingsMorriston Macmillan Coffee Morning

Morriston Macmillan Coffee MorningMorriston Macmillan Coffee Morning

Mumbles Sales, Lettings, Fine & Country £52.95Mumbles Macmillan Coffee MorningMumbles Macmillan Coffee Morning

 

Sketty SalesSketty Macmillan Coffee Morning

Swansea Sales & Swansea Lettings ~ Raised £170.00Swansea Macmillan Coffee Morning

 

 

SHORTLIST

Award Shortlist for Dawsons Customer Service

We are over the moon to be shortlisted for the EA MASTERS, which is a Nationwide competition measuring every single Estate Agency Branch in the UK.  The organisers, The Property Academy in conjunction with Rightmove, analyse:-

  • Over 25,000 estate agent branches
  • 1 million properties listed on Rightmove at any one point in time
  • 1.5 million property transactions
  • 25 million sales or lettings leads
  • 1.5 billion property views
  • 50,000 mystery shops (whole of market)
  • Market share score

You can probably imagine how extensive this competition is, how difficult it is to be on the shortlist for a chance to win a REGIONAL OR NATIONAL AWARD and find out if Dawsons have been ranked “Exceptional” (top 5%), “Excellent”(top 10%) or “Highly Rated” and listed again on the bestestateagentguide.co.uk.

DAWSONS SHORTLISTED FOR THE EA MASTERS

So on the 12th of October 2018 the Dawsons team will be heading down to the Intercontinental Hotel at Excel in London Docklands, for a full day of learning from some amazing presenters, and then the highlight is the Awards presentation with our sporting favourite Gabby Logan.

Watch this space or check out our social media pages on the day, for news of how we have fared.  We are keeping everything crossed, and we thank all of our amazing customers for just being GREAT!

DAWSONS SHORTLISTED FOR THE EA MASTERS

DAWSONS ESTATE AGENTS KILLAY OFFICE

High Street versus Online Estate Agents

We’ve been looking into the reasons why using High Street Estate Agents offers property sellers a lot more to consider when selecting the right agent.

Catchy Window Display

Richard Tucker, Managing Director of Relocation Agent Network, says:

“High street presence means you can see how an agent presents properties for sale in their window. What is it about the display that catches your eye? How involved is the agent in the local community? And of course, you have a place to meet with your agent.DAWSONS ESTATE AGENTS MUMBLES OFFICE

Local Area Information

Local knowledge is a must for someone looking to move into a new area. The agent will be able to share key information about the neighbourhood with potential buyers.

Realistic Outlook

A can-do attitude provides the assurance that your sale is in a safe pair of hands. The agent is realistic and will explain to you the challenges that may occur and the solutions available to overcome them; the key point is that you are in the hands of a professional who is proactive and knows how to help their customers make a successful move.  If you are choosing a pay-upfront option to sell your home, what is the incentive for the agency to get the price right in the first instance and keep you informed of anything?.”

Reviews and Recommendations

Going on, Richard explains:

“Client testimonials tell you about the quality of the service and the impressions left on both buyers and sellers who have used the agent previously. Selling a home is not only a financial transaction, but an exchange between real people.

Friendly Face

Face-to-face support brings us back to the people aspect; seeing a familiar face, someone you can trust when you need advice can really help reduce the stress associated with certain elements of selling and buying a property.

Estate Agent on the Phone to a property seller in Killay Swansea

Sales Progression

By taking personal ownership of your sale and purchase it means that the agent is dedicated to finding you the best buyer for your property and the right property for you to move to. The agent is willing to invest their time and resources to be your advocate and to give you the support you need to make a successful move.”

 In conclusion

Having a real person to talk to, a friendly face, a true connection with your agent, rather than dealing with a “person” online (or doing it all yourself) can make the sales process a lot easier to handle and keeps you in the loop.  That way you are more likely to have a smooth and speedy transaction, and there is always someone available to answer your questions or ease a tricky situation.

Thinking of selling?

Dawsons is a selected member of Relocation Agent Network, who has chosen us as Swansea’ s Local Expert, based on our customer service and a variety of other criteria.  Not only does this prove our credentials as one of the area’s leading estate agents, but through our network membership, we are able to offer sellers a completely unique channel of buyer that no other estate agent in the Swansea area can provide.

Visit http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/relocation.php for more information about the Relocation process.

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