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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

Dawsons Property sponsor Newton Primary Summer Fair

Primary school delighted with Dawsons Summer Fair sponsorship

Staff and pupils at Newton Primary School are getting ready for their Summer Fair which is being sponsored by Dawsons Property.

The estate agent has donated £250 towards the fair, which will be held at the school on Sunday, July 16 from 12pm, will help the school’s fundraising efforts.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s school fair and Dawsons believe the link we have within our communities is paramount to our businesses success, so therefore we make a conscious effort to support local events,” said Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“All three of my children went to Newton School and we had no hesitation in deciding to sponsor the Fair.”

Newton Head Teacher Helena Rees said: “We are very grateful for Dawsons continued support and sponsorship for this summer’s fair.

“As well as Dawsons’ contribution I am extremely grateful to our PTA who have raised a lot of money for the school, which with budget cuts and the age of austerity is very welcome.

“I am very pleased with what we have in store for the Fair – there is something for everyone. It should be a great day.”

On the day, there will be visits from the Fire Service and the RNLI, with a bouncy castle, face painting and sumo wrestling, as well as a Pimms and beer Tent for the adults.

As well as sponsoring Newton School Fair, Dawsons is also sponsoring Burry Port Raft Race, in Burry Port Harbour on July 22 starting at 11am.

CAPTION: Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope (left) with members of Newton Primary’s school council and PTA member and school governor Claire Davies (right).

 

The Kingsway

Dawsons happy with more city redevelopment plans to regenerate Kingsway

A new vision for Swansea city centre has been welcomed by Dawsons Property’s Senior Partner Chris Hope.

And part of that redevelopment plan is a £10m scheme to give The Kingsway an exciting new facelift which will see a new road layout to help cater for a new urban park.

A public consultation has begun on the revamp, which will remove the existing two lanes of traffic on the northern side of The Kingsway.

The redevelopment of The Kingsway will also include the introduction of two-way traffic along surrounding roads including, Alexandra Road, Mansel Street, Orchard Street, De La Beche Street and Belle Vue Way.

“There is much to be admired about the way Swansea is going to be transformed over the next few years,” said Chris.

“And having a fully functioning road system that everyone understands is important for the well-being of the city.

“If all this comes to fruition, along with the £1.3b city deal, then Swansea is going to be a city on the up and a very much more attractive place for people to come and live.

“There is no doubting that Swansea and Gower is an attractive area it its own right but to have a fully functioning city infrastructure with plenty more to offer businesses, shoppers and tourists can only be a good thing.”

The regeneration plans for The Kingsway focus more heavily on pedestrians and making the route a destination for shoppers/visitors and city centre workers.

It’s proposed that disruption will be kept to a minimum, with night-time working likely with the public consultation process running until the end of March, with work, subject to agreement, starting in the middle of the year.

The proposed new layout will see the current bus lane removed to allow traffic to travel in both directions on the southern side of the carriageway. Work is expected to start along the route later this year, once full approval has been given.

Sketty School pupil Angelina Chugh

Budding Sketty School artist celebrates Dawsons’ competition win

Proud Sketty Primary School pupil Angelina Chugh is celebrating after having her winning drawing emblazoned on a Dawsons Property van.

The 10-year-old, who is in year six at Sketty Primary School, took top prize in the competition organised by Dawsons Estate Agents involving over 60 pupils from the school.

Angelina was delighted to see her drawings on all angles of the van which is seen daily in and around Swansea.

The theme of the competition was to draw a picture depicting family, houses and Swansea.

“I was really delighted to learn I was the winner because I have never won anything before,” said Angelina.

“It will be exciting to see the van driving around Swansea with my drawings and my name on the side.”

Naomi Webborn from Dawsons letting department said: “We were delighted with all the colourful entries received and Angelina’s winning pictures look perfect on the van.  We have already received several positive comments from those who have seen the van pass them this week.”

“We wanted to brighten up the van so decided it was a good idea to involve the school children from Sketty whom we have involved in some of Dawsons projects previously.

“Due to the enthusiastic response received we shall be looking to host competitions of a similar nature during the coming year, throughout our local communities.”

For winning the competition, which was judged by Swansea graphic design firm Hansign, Angelina was also presented with a family ticket for four to use at the Winter Wonderland whilst she waited for her van drawings to become a reality.

Headteacher at Sketty School Peter Evans said: “Well done to Angelina, I was delighted with the standard of the children’s work and to be asked to enter such a fun competition.”

CAPTION: Sketty Primary School pupil Angelina Chugh standing by the Dawsons van

 

Lisa Davies with husband Matthew and daughters, Tegen and Seren

Dawsons negotiator has a family of lifeguards

Lisa Davies, Senior Negotiator and Valuer for Dawsons’ marina branch, has just gained her National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification from Rest Bay Surf Life Saving Club in Porthcawl, as has her husband Matthew.

Their two daughters, Tegan, age 12, and Seren, eight, are following hot on their heels as members of Rest Bay Nippers Lifeguard Club.

The family, who live in Margam, decided to join Rest Bay Life Saving Club to ensure that they could enjoy the sea safely.

“Living near the coast, I wanted to make sure that we were all safe in the sea.  Matthew and myself also help out with coaching, and represent the Rest Bay Masters in competitions,” said Lisa.

“The most challenging part of the training was the practical rescues – consisting of four simulated rescues out at sea. The most enjoyable part was learning all about first aid, and learning about the different sea conditions.”

Matthew, a Director of Development for a Housing Association, previously held a Lifeguard qualification, and renewed his at the same time as Lisa gained her qualification. Their daughters hope to become qualified lifeguards too.

“It’s useful and enjoyable and we’d encourage other people to get involved,” said Lisa.

“Rest Bay Surf Life Saving Club is a friendly club that welcomes all ages from seven upwards.”

CAPTION: Lisa Davies with husband Matthew and daughters Tegen and Seren