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Swans legend Alan Curtis helps Dawsons football boot campaign

Swans legend involved in Dawsons’ campaign to donate football boots to Africa

Swansea City legend Alan Curtis is among scores of generous people who have donated unwanted boots to an African football academy.

Dawsons estate agent was among the main sponsors of this year’s inaugural Burry Port Raft Race, an event organised by Isabel and Craig Goodman to raise funds for the Burry Port RNLI and the Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy in Gambia.

Further to the success of the raft race the organisers asked if Dawsons was able to collect any unwanted football boots, trainers or togs, and any kit for the Afia Banjul academy.

Dawsons were kindly donated buckets from another Swansea company: Exall & Jones, to collect boots in all of the sales and lettings offices throughout August.

“After having such a great day at the raft race raising funds for both the Burry Port RNLI and the Afia Banjul Children’s football academy it is great to continue our involvement in the fundraising,” said Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“And it’s equally as great to see such amazing follow-up support after receiving the request for kit from the football academy by our staff, customers and contractors alike which included some donations from some well-known local faces such as Alan Curtis and Richie Pugh (Rugby Wales Sevens), and we look forward to seeing our donations arrive where they are much needed.”

Isabel said: “We are so grateful for this donation and it will now be shipped out to Gambia asap. The football academy is extremely grateful for all they receive, and are always needing new kit so if you anyone has any donations please feel free to drop them to Dawsons who can of course still pass them on.”

CAPTION: Swansea City legend Alan Curtis with some of the football boots being donated to Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy in Gambia

 

L-R Andrea Devoy, Office Manager at Dawsons’ Morriston branch, Tracy Sturgess, Associate at Dawson’s Morriston Branch, James Smale, Senior Negotiator at Dawson’s Morriston Branch, Delyth Gough, Trustee of Ty Olwen Trust, Helen Murray, Chairman of Ty Olwen Trust, and Dr Owain Thomas

Dawsons’ staff raise money for Ty Olwen Hospice through special Wimbledon tennis event

After raising money from a special Wimbledon spot-the-ball competition generous Dawsons staff have donated a cheque to Ty Olwen Hospice at Morriston Hospital for £1,575.43.

Staff in all Dawsons’ offices and branches held the event in the final week of Wimbledon fortnight to raise the funds.

“We are incredibly grateful for the staff of Dawsons, and especially the Morriston branch, for presenting us with this very generous donation,” said Helen Murray, Chairman of Ty Olwen Trust.

“We couldn’t run Ty Olwen if it wasn’t for kind people like Dawsons’ staff for helping us raise some of the £420,000 we need to maintain the service we give.”

It is part of Dawsons’ continued pledge to raise money for community charities. Recently the Llanelli branch took part in the inaugural Burry Port Raft Race, sponsored by the estate agent, raising money for the RNLI and an African football charity.

“I have to give a big thank you to all our staff and particularly those in Morriston who raised this money for Ty Olwen with the Wimbledon tennis event,” said Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons.

“I think everyone knows someone affected by cancer and we should all be grateful for the wonderful work Ty Olwen does at Morriston Hospital in caring for people with cancer.”

CAPTION: L-R Andrea Devoy, Office Manager at Dawsons’ Morriston branch, Tracy Sturgess, Associate at Dawson’s Morriston Branch, James Smale, Senior Negotiator at Dawson’s Morriston Branch, Delyth Gough, Trustee of Ty Olwen Trust, Helen Murray, Chairman of Ty Olwen Trust, and Dr Owain Thomas.

Dawsons team in the Burry Port Raft RaceP

Dawsons’ video celebrating special charity day at Burry Port Raft Race

Our hearty crew may not have won the Dawsons-sponsored Burry Port Raft Race and we didn’t even get on the podium.

But it’s the taking part right?

Matthew, Joe, Erich and David won plenty of fans especially Matthew and Joe who completed the race in shirt and tie.

It was a brilliant day that raised money for the RNLI and Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy in The Gambia.

“It was a fantastic day and we were delighted to be the main sponsors of the event,” said Chris Hope, Dawsons’ Senior Partner.

“There were 100s of people there to support the race and the crowds were two or three deep on the quayside cheering on the rafts.

“Unfortunately, our raft team did not win but it’s a huge thank you to our team of Matthew, Joe, Erich and David for taking part and finishing.

“And a big thank you also has to go to the staff in the Llanelli lettings and sales teams for all the hard work they did behind the scenes.”

Dawsons' football boots appeal

Dawsons asking for old boots to help African football foundation

Dawsons proudly sponsored the first ‘Burry Port Raft Race’, raising money for a joint cause: Burry Port RNLI and Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy Foundation in Africa.

The African football academy is headed locally by Craig and Izzie Goodman who live in Burry Port and are also actively involved in the RNLI.

Now, Dawsons want to help continue raising money for Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy Foundation

“We are asking, firstly for everyone to make contact with friends and family and bring in to Dawsons offices any old or unused, children’s or adult sized, multi-stud football boots and/or flat-soled trainers,” said Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“Don’t worry about the condition. We can collect them at each office and give them to Craig and Izzie, so they can take out to Africa for their needy football team.

“There’s a new season starting soon, so no doubt many boys/girls/women/men will have out grown an old pair and be putting on the latest brightly coloured new boots/trainers.

“So, I’d ask you all to speak with anyone you can and bring in the old pairs, when they are available.”

Added Chris: “The day was a huge success for the charities and another success the Llanelli sales and rental staff deserve a special mention especially raft team members Matthew Whitehead and Joe Chiffi.

“The staff gave up their family time to help set up and spent most of their day raising money for the joint cause.”

Burry Port Raft Race

Countdown to the Dawsons-sponsored Burry Port Fun Raft Race

Dawsons is looking forward to being the main sponsor of the Burry Port Fun Raft Race which is now only days away.

The race takes place on Saturday, 22nd July at 6pm and is in aid of Burry Port RNLI & Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy, The Gambia and promises to be a fantastic day out for the family.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Raft Race especially as it is raising money for such good causes,” said Chris Hope, Dawsons Senior Partner.

“One of our offices is in Llanelli and many of our staff are from the Burry Port area, so we had no hesitation in getting involved.

burryportraftfb“It promises to be a fun day for everyone and I know many of our staff are looking forward to getting involved and raising valuable money for charity.”

Added Chris: “Why not come down and support the raft race in the beautiful harbour setting of Burry Port.”

The event is being covered by TV, radio and the written media and promises to be a memorable evening.

You can enter a team made up of 4 to 10 adults, aged 16 years and over. Entry is £50 and each team is being asked to raise a minimum of £100 deposit.

All crews are required to design and build their own rafts and paddles using begged, borrowed but not stolen materials.

Awards are on offer including best dressed raft, last raft over the line and first to sink.

There will be food and drink available, live music and special guests: Cyril The Swan, Cochyn The Dragon (Scarlets mascot) and your favourite characters from The Party Factory. There will also be children’s inflatables there.

As well as Dawsons the event is also being sponsored by the Llanelli Star, JR Events & Catering, Burns Pet Nutrition and Burry Port Co-op.

CAPTION: Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, with organisers Isabel and Craig Goodman and Burry Port RNLI crew members, officials, and fundraisers

Mia Rees, Public Affairs and Research Manager, The Wallich, Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings, Dawsons, Suzy Davies AM, Harry McKeown, South West Wales Regional Manager, The Wallich, and Joanne Summerfield Talbot, Director of Residential Sales, Dawsons.

Suzy Davies AM praises Dawsons Property’s work to tackle homelessness

Dawsons Property has welcomed Suzy Davies AM to their branch at 11 Walter Road, Swansea to hear about their collaboration with homelessness charity The Wallich.

Dawsons has worked in partnership with The Wallich in Swansea for more than 10 years, helping to secure private rental accommodation for service users.

As part of Dawsons’ 25th Anniversary last year it selected The Wallich as its charity of the year, raising funds throughout the year and most notably during Clash of the Corporates in October 2016 – which it won by raising over £3,200 through events including a curry night with raffles, auctions and a series of games.

Other fundraising activities throughout the year, including a mud assault challenge, dress down day and collection tins, helped them raise a total of £4588.37 for The Wallich.

After hearing about the collaboration between Dawsons and The Wallich, Suzy Davies AM said:

“Huge congratulations to Dawsons for their amazing year of fundraising for the Wallich. It sounds like fun but it’s important we all see local businesses being part of solving local problems. It’s not all about the fundraising: it’s about working with the Wallich to prevent homelessness providing practical help, through these bonds, to someone who needs a stable home.”

Harry McKeown, Area Manager South West Wales at The Wallich, added: “It has been a pleasure to talk to Suzy Davies AM about our work with Dawsons and the challenges faced by homeless people in Swansea.

“Dawsons have been an excellent partner through their fundraising and support for homeless people to move into sustainable accommodation in the area with bonds.

“We run several services in Swansea from supporting rough sleepers to get off the streets in to accommodation to collaboration with the local authority to support people into the private rented sector.”

Joanne Summerfield-Talbot, Dawsons’ Director of Residential Sales, said: “Our 130 staff really bought into it from the outset. Everyone has thrown themselves into it and we are thrilled with the amount raised.

“It will go towards bonds to help clients access their first properties in the Swansea area.”

Caption: L-R  Mia Rees, Public Affairs and Research Manager, The Wallich, Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings, Dawsons, Suzy Davies AM, Harry McKeown, South West Wales Regional Manager, The Wallich, and Joanne Summerfield Talbot, Director of Residential Sales, Dawsons.

Front L-R Dawsons Director of Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot and Ricky Purdy, and Director of Residential Lettings at Dawsons, with members of staff from Dawsons’ Marina Branch

Dawsons delighted at winning charity challenge

Dawsons Property has emerged champions of a south Wales money-making challenge – Clash of the Corporates – run by homeless charity The Wallich.

The south west Wales estate agency came out on top as one of 20 businesses across Wales competed to see who ccould turn a £50 loan from The Wallich into the most charity money raised in 50 days.

In the end Dawsons beat Welsh choir, Only Men Aloud into second place, by raising an impressive £3,262.98 thanks to a charity auction, a cake sale and a special fancy dress Halloween day. Dawsons contribution was a big chunk of the £13,000 raised by the 20 companies.

“We are so delighted to have won – we never dreamt that we would. But in the end it’s not really about who came first, second or third it’s about congratulating everyone involved for raising money for such a worthy cause,” said Dawsons Director of Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot.

Dawsons hit the ground running with a programme of money-raising events that included a cake sale, a curry night, an auction and Halloween fundraising activities.

“It’s a big thank you to anyone who has contributed to our fundraising whether it was buying cakes or bidding in the charity auction.

“I think everyone at Dawsons has enjoyed the process and it has been a great way of raising money for such a good cause – The Wallich does so much good work in south Wales for the homeless.”

Dawsons has already raised £1,300 for The Wallich, which is its chosen charity of 2016 as part of the estate agency’s 25th anniversary.

“It’s congratulations to Dawsons for winning and helping to set a new record in the total amount we raised,” said Zoe Westerman, corporate strategic relationships manager for The Wallich.

“It was so nice to see the whole Dawsons team really getting behind our charity and supporting us.”

CAPTION: Front L-R  Dawsons Director of Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot  and Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings at Dawsons, with members of staff from Dawsons’ Marina Branch.

Llanelli office

Brilliant Halloween fundraising day by Dawsons branches

It was the final day of fundraising on Monday for our chosen charity, the Wallich, who do great work with homelessness in the local area.

Staff at all Dawsons branches had a dress-down/fancy dress day with competitions for the best looking branch and the best dressed individual.

The branch winner was Llanelli.

The standard of some of the individual costumes was so amazing but the three best dressed were Leon Atolagbe from Marina Lettings, Danielle Thomas from Mumbles Sales
and Lorraine Evans from Swansea.

The overall winner of the best dressed prize was Kirstie Morgan from Llanelli Lettings
Kirstie Morgan from Llanelli Lettings

However, the overall winner of the best dressed prize was Kirstie Morgan from Llanelli Lettings with her terrifying corpse bride robot baby concoction!

 

Marcia Williams, Private Rental Sector Manager at The Wallich, Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings at Dawsons, Jan Balsdon, Director of Fundraising and Participation at The Wallich, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot, Director of Residential Sales

Dawsons delighted after raising £2,675 for homeless charity

Dawsons Property has helped to raise £2,675 for a housing charity with a special fundraiser at the Rose Indienne in Swansea.

The leading estate agent has been involved in a Clash of the Corporates event over the past month with 20 companies across South Wales raising money for homeless charity The Wallich.

More than 100 people sat down for a top-class Indian buffet at the Rose Indienne followed by a raffle and auction.

Master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the night Ricky Pudy
Master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the night Ricky Pudy

“It was a fantastic occasion and to raise £2,675 on the night was a brilliant effort by everyone involved. A big thank you has to go out to everyone who came along to support,” said Jo Summerfield-Talbot, Dawsons Director of Residential Sales.

“Everyone gave generously to both the raffle and the auction and our director of Residential Lettings, Ricky Purdy was the perfect auctioneer.”

Among the lots in the auction were a signed Swansea City shirt and Lukasz Fabianski’s signed goalkeeping gloves.

“It is hugely important that we get this corporate support and it’s huge thanks to Dawsons for all their efforts in raising all this money,” said Jan Balsdon, Director of Fundraising and Participation at The Wallich.

“The money raised will support people directly in the city particularly in getting access to the private rental sector.”

The Clash of the Corporates event continues until October 31st when all Dawsons branches will be involved in a Halloween fundraiser.

CAPTION: L-R Marcia Williams, Private Rental Sector Manager at The Wallich, Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings at Dawsons, Jan Balsdon, Director of Fundraising and Participation at The Wallich, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot, Director of Residential Sales.