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Burry Port Raft Race

Dawsons to sponsor Burry Port Raft Race again

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.

Burry Port Raft Race poster
Burry Port Raft Race poster

“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 burryportraftrace@yahoo.com

L-R Naomi Webborn, Dawsons’ Lettings Department Coordinator, Chris Hope, Dawsons’ Senior Partner, and volunteers at Swansea Foodbank at City Church in Dyfatty.

Dawsons supporting national food collection campaign

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.

Chris Hope with Kristina Williams of Swansea Foodbank
Chris Hope with Kristina Williams of Swansea Foodbank

“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.

Swansea Foodbank volunteers
Swansea Foodbank volunteers

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 hand over cheque to Wales Air Ambulance

Dawsons hand over cheque to Welsh Air Ambulance after charity abseil

Dawsons staff are delighted to have handed over a cheque for £1,314.98 to the Welsh Air Ambulance following a charity fundraising abseil.

The team of staff from the sales, auction and lettings departments abseiled down a 200ft cliff at Port Eynon on Gower.

Jo Summerfield, Director of Sales at Dawsons, said: “Wales Air Ambulance is a fantastic charity saving lives daily in Wales and transporting those in need to hospitals all over the country.

“We were very keen and pleased to be able to raise as much as possible especially as WAA runs purely on donations.”

Steffan Anderson-Thomas, WAA’s Community Fundraising Co-coordinator, said: “We are extremely grateful to the intrepid staff from Dawsons for their very generous cheque following their abseil.

“With the money they have generously donated Dawsons has funded a mission for one of our helicopters and the money will also go towards funding life-saving equipment and crew.”

Naomi Webborn, from Dawsons lettings department, said: “A big thank you goes to all those who took part and those who sponsored us and especially to the very kind donations from JCP solicitors, Keith Norris of Noble Harbour, Graham Kirby of Benson Watkins, Andrew Davies of Peter Lyn & Partners, Eastside Insurance and Exall & Jones builders merchants.”

PICTURE CAPTION: L-R Andy Iceton, WAA Pilot, Hannah Hearn, Dawsons, Kelly Israel, Dawsons, Corey Ashford, Dawsons, Dewi Thomas, WAA Helicopter Transfer Practioner, Callum Thomas, Dawsons, Amanda Bamford, Dawsons, Naomi Webborn, Dawsons, Natalie Dare, Dawsons, Ben Seabourne, Critical Care Practioner.


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.


Dawsons Director of Residential Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot with Zoe Westerman, Corporate Strategic Relationships Manager at The Wallich

Dawsons presents cheque to homeless charity The Wallich

Dawsons Estate Agent has presented a cheque for £677.05 to The  Wallich, a homeless charity with several shelters in Swansea.

This brings the total amount Dawsons has raised since March for The Wallich to more £1,300. Dawsons’ staff selected The Wallich as the company’s charity of choice for 2016, which sees the estate agency celebrate its 25th anniversary.

“We are absolutely delighted with the amount of money raised so far by the team at Dawsons. Their fundraising activities have been varied and fun and it’s been wonderful to see each branch get so involved,” said Zoe Westerman, Corporate Strategic Relationships Manager at The Wallich, who received the cheque on behalf of the charity.

The cheque was presented by Joanne Summerfield-Talbot, Director of Residential Sales.

“The money was raised as a result of our Wimbledon Day and our Euro Sweepstake,” said Joanne.

“The staff really threw themselves into it, and we are delighted to have raised so much money.”

Dawsons’ fundraising efforts for The Wallich will continue until March 2017.

Caption: Dawsons Director of Residential Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot with Zoe Westerman, Corporate Strategic Relationships Manager at The Wallich

From left to right: Laura Waite, Lorraine Evans, Branch Manager, Felicity Curtis, Angie Bastin, Charlie Williams

Estate agents in bedtime charity appeal

From left to right: Laura Waite, Lorraine Evans, Branch Manager, Felicity Curtis, Angie Bastin, Charlie Williams

CHARITABLE staff at Dawsons Estate Agents in Llanelli have raised more than £150 for Children in Need by coming to work in their pyjamas.

The office staff greeted clients wearing onesies and night wear.

Dawsons had looked to make £150 from the day but exceeded expectations by raising £182.35.

Lorraine Evans, Dawsons Branch Manager said: ‘’Dawsons are proud to support BBC Children in Need.

“The team came up with the idea of holding a pyjama day only two days before and managed to pull everything together.

‘’It was a great day and the whole team made a huge effort for a worthy cause. We’d like to thank everyone who donated and we are delighted to have exceeded our target.’’

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Award winning estate agent sponsors exclusive event to raise funds for inspirational South African building project

Wales’ silver award winning estate agent Dawsons has sponsored a fundraising dinner to show their continued support to the Making Swansea Proud Initiative.

The Making Swansea Proud Initiative was set up in 2008 to support the Niall Mellon Township, which already holds a special place in the company’s heart. Members of the Dawsons team, including Senior Partner Chris Hope and his son Tom, have personally volunteered with the trust in the past.

This longstanding relationship has seen Dawsons continually support the Making Swansea Proud initiative, which has seen a staggering £50,000 raised by the people of Swansea for the project. Together with eight-time volunteer Brad Wood, five-time volunteer Andrew Thomas and former Dawsons employee Natasha Gallivan, the team will be hosting a gala dinner at Swansea’s Marriott hotel on the 12th September, where they are looking to raise a further £10,000 to help build a school in South Africa.

“The charity deliver blitz building projects and volunteers can have a real hands on experience to help build homes and schools for impoverished families in Nelson Mandela’s native Eastern Cape. Their work is fundamental to building a better South Africa and we as a business are proud to support this initiative. Whilst I can’t volunteer in person this year – fingers crossed for next year though – Natasha and Andy will be putting on their overalls and hammering away during this November’s trip,” said Chris.

The charity has been responsible for building 25,000 homes in South African townships meaning 120,000 people could be rehomed. Their most recent project saw them move from housing to education and in March 2014 volunteers spent a week at a school in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town, improving facilities for over 300 pupils.

Chris added: “A flurry of generous donations from the Swansea community meant we could donate £5,000 to their Cape Town project and we are delighted that our employees, like Tom and Natasha, have an avenue to achieve some of their personal goals. Natasha has played a key role in organising this dinner, which we are also particularly proud of and we hope that the fundraising dinner will mean many more projects can go ahead for the charity.”

The dinner will see Swansea University’s Professor Marc Clement and charity Founder Niall Mellon deliver inspirational talks.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £495 per table or £50 a head. Ticket prices include a three course dinner, wine, entertainment and a ‘money can’t buy’ raffle and auction, consisting of prizes donated by an array of generous local trades and individuals. Please call Dawsons on 01792 641035 to purchase your tickets.