Hospitals can seem like scary places and there is nothing worse than being cooped up in a hospital ward when all of your friends are enjoying a special occasion, such as celebrating Easter.
That is why 2 of the dedicated Dawsons marketing & charity team, Callum Thomas (Swansea Auctions) and Gemma Savage (Mumbles Lettings) headed to Morriston Hospital Children’s Ward with a little Easter treat this weekend gone.
Dressed like a beautiful Easter Bunny and armed with lots of goodies, including colouring & craft kits, and eggs (of course) the dynamic duo put a smile on the children’s’ faces (and, admittedly, terrified a few too!).
We really care about our local community and love to get involved with helping out. The guys were buzzing when they returned and hope they made some of the Children’s Easter special.
You can find out all about visiting the Children’s Ward at Morriston on this link.
If you are interested in our Charity & Community work, please get in touch with Callum Thomas on
Period Poverty has a very low profile, yet it causes a huge impact on a girl’s school attendance, affecting education and causing mental health issues due to the stigma attached to menstruation.
Today, we know that 48% of girls aged 14-21 have been made to feel embarrassed by their periods, while 71% have felt embarrassed buying sanitary products. It is estimated about 137,000 girls in the UK will miss school each year because of a lack of sanitary products or access to them. Feminine hygiene costs approx. £400 per female per annum and many young girls or their families cannot afford this expense.
More than two-thirds of women have had to use improvised menstrual protection at some point, while 51% of women have either suffered from period poverty or know someone who has.
Firstly, talking about periods, and ending the taboos that surround them, means we can better equip every girl with the products and information she needs to manage her periods effectively, without shame or embarrassment. This is something that every girl growing up in the 21st century doesn’t just deserve, but should be able to expect.
On top of that, we can help to ensure that all of the local senior schools have a supply of free sanitary products to hand out to those in need. To this end, we have decided to use all of our Dawsons offices as Donation Points and we urge you to give us help with a cause, which simply does not get talked about.
Our aim is for all of the Dawsons Office to collect feminine hygiene products throughout March and all products collected will be distributed to local comprehensive schools by our staff.
Drop in products up until March 31st 2019
Sanitary pads, tampons and panty-liners of all shapes and sizes, please. Along with plain cotton briefs, opaque black or navy tights, deodorants and wet wipes.
Dawsons is delighted to be the principal sponsor of the Burry Port Raft Race for a second year.
The event this year takes place on Saturday, August 11.
“We sponsored the event last year and we had no hesitation in doing it again this year, especially as it raises valuable funds for both Burry Port RNLI and Afia Children’s Football Academy Foundation in Africa,” said Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.
“We have an office in Llanelli and many of our staff are from the Burry Port area and again we will be entering our very own Dawsons raft. We are just hoping that, despite great efforts by our crew, they go a bit better that they did last year!”
There are plenty of prizes for those involved including best dressed raft, first raft to sink, best dressed crew, last raft over the line and worst dressed raft.
If you need any further details or an entry form you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawsons Property is supporting a week-long campaign to collect items for Swansea Foodbank next month.
The special collection, which is part of Relocation Agent Network’s national fundraising event called #OneThousandItemsofFood, will take place between June 14 and 21 in conjunction with the Trussell Trust.
During the week there will be collection points in all of Dawsons’ branches across Swansea & Llanelli with special bins to be provided by their Dawsons’ reward card partner Exall & Jones.
The foodbank has become part of the social landscape of society with one in five people living below the poverty line in the UK.
“We are very grateful to Dawsons to their commitment to this food collection campaign,” said Kristina Williams, Assistant Manager at Swansea Foodbank.
“We tend to have a lot of contributions around Christmas time and harvest festival, but contributions tend to tail off a bit during the spring and summer so Dawsons’ commitment is both timely and welcome.”
Swansea Foodbank, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis, is open in several locations around the city on different days and times.
Swansea Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s national foodbank network and is supported by churches across the city to help people in times of crisis.
Dawsons is asking customers and staff to donate two items each of non-perishable food such as tins and packet food.
Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of this campaign as part of the Relocation Agent Network which is running #OneThousandItemsofFood throughout the UK.
Unfortunately, we live in times when foodbanks have become a necessity for a part of our society, so we are determined to make this campaign as successful as possible, therefore all our branches will be collecting items between June 14 and 21.”
To find your local foodbank visit www.trusselltrust.org. Find out what supplies they are currently in need of and what items they have enough of. Foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products. They also accept clothes and toys.
Dawsons were proud to be represented when the Disabled Supporters’ Association (DSA) were treated to special guest appearances from Tammy Abraham, Swans Ladies star Emma Beynon and DSA ambassador Lee Trundle at their annual Christmas party.
The guests took part in games, a Q&A session and sang Christmas carols before meeting DSA members at a party held in the Liberty Stadium.
“Dawsons has sponsored the DSA members throughout 2017 and we were delighted to be part of the surprise event,” said Leon Atolagbe, Dawsons Residential Lettings Office Manager.
Launched in 2013, the DSA is continually growing. With 75 members at present, the DSA aims to offer inclusivity to Swans supporters, whilst bringing families and friends together.
The DSA intends to improve facilities and policies that affect the disabled supporters, putting the views of the association to the club and other bodies.
The DSA is looking to build on its foundations and develop an even stronger relationship with Swansea City. All Swansea City disabled supporters are welcome to join, and this includes their family, friends and PAs.
CAPTION: Leon Atolagbe (with red tie at the back) is pictured with DSA members and guests
Dawsons staff have got into the festive spirit and come to work in their best Christmas jumper to raise much needed funds for the charity Save the Children.
Tim Kostromin, Dawsons Partner, Dawsons Partner, said: ”As a company we carry out many fundraising events throughout the year for local charities, and our staff have taken part in the annual national Christmas jumper day for some years now.
“With many offices also having their Secret Santa exchange on the same day, so the day for us all really is an enjoyable one. We are lucky to have so many staff within the company willing to get involved in raising the much needed funds for all the charities we help.
“With Christmas Day just around the corner we know that while there are many children excited for the presents they will find under the tree there are many who will go without, so raising money for Save the Children at this time of year is crucial across the nation.”
Pictured are staff at the Marina Lettings office sporting their festive jumpers
A group of intrepid Dawsons staff have taken part in a charity abseil to raise much-needed funds for the Wales Air Ambulance.
The team from the sales, auction and lettings staff took to abseiling down a 200 foot cliff at Port Eynon on Gower. They then climbed back up around the cliff edge with the aim of raising around £1000.00 via their Just Giving page.
Jo Summerfield, Director of Sales at Dawsons, said; “At Dawsons we are keen to help local charities throughout the year, fundraising where we can. Wales Air Ambulance is a fantastic charity saving lives daily in Wales and transporting those in need to hospitals all over the country.
“As the Wales Air Ambulance charity runs purely on donations we were keen to raise as much as possible. Special thanks also to Naomi Webborn who heads our marketing team that collectively got this great charity event off the ground.
“We were all a little scared getting over the cliff face but once we were over, enjoyed every minute. I can’t wait to see what our marketing team come up with next time.”
Naomi Webborn of Dawsons lettings department, said: “A fantastic time was had by all. In fact, it was a great team bonding session with the added bonus of raising the much need funds to keep the ambulance flying year on year.
“A big thank you goes to all those who sponsored us, and a special thank you to the Wales Air Ambulance media team who came to cheer us on at the cliff top along with Stephen and Sam of Dynamic Rock who kept us safe.”
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 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.”