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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

 

 

Dawsons Cake Smash Competition

Dawson’s Cake Smash Competition

It’s competition time and this one is for anyone who has a baby or toddler in the family or friends group.  We are absolutely delighted to team up again with Safelight Images in Swansea, who are going to give our competition winner a FREE Cake Smash photo shoot (worth £150) – or voucher equivalent – for those who want to gift it as a birthday or (dare we say it) Christmas present.SAFELIGHT IMAGES SWANSEA

CAKE SMASH IMAGE DAWSONS

So firstly, for those who haven’t heard of a Cake Smash, here’s what it entails:

Cake Smash sessions are probably the most fun-filled events for any birthday girl or boy to part-take in.  The best age for a cake smash shoot is usually a 1st or 2nd birthday.  The little one will be sat in front of a birthday cake* for them to get messy with, eat and demolish – all in front of the camera!  Do not worry, the team at Safelight have a lot of baby wipes on hand to clear up the mess.

*If you wish for us to provide a cake for you, you will need to inform us when booking the photo shoot, but you are VERY welcome to bring your own.  We’re sure in the spirit of this competition, you will be happy to bake a cake for such an event as this!

What is included in the Cake Smash session?

Safelight Images will provide you with the cake, balloons and bunting, an outfit and a 12×8 print of your favourite image from the shoot. We will also present you with a keepsake wooden spoon engraved with your little ones name on, that you can take home with you as a memento of their cake smash. Any further prints that you would like to purchase will be at an additional cost that we can discuss together, in the studio.

THE COMPETITION 

1. BAKE A SHOWSTOPPING CAKE

2. TAKE A PHOTO

3. UPLOAD IT TO THE DAWSON’S FACEBOOK PAGE in the comments section under the competition post

WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE BOX IF SOMEONE ELSE IS UPLOADING THE PICTURE FOR YOU! https://www.facebook.com/DawsonsPropertySwansea/

4.  ALL PHOTOS MUST BE UPLOADED BY MID-DAY ON TUESDAY 25/9/2018 – Any uploaded after this time will not be entered into the competition

5.  SHARE THE POST AND ASK ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO LIKE YOUR PICTURE. Please use the hashtag #dawsonscakesmash

6.  AT 4PM ON FRIDAY 28/9/2018 THE CAKE WITH THE MOST LIKES OR LOVES WILL WIN THE PRIZE:

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ONE POINT PER LIKE 

 

 

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If anyone gets a laughing ‘ha ha’ we will count it as a LIKE…!

FINALLY, for the astute amongst you.

Yes on Friday 28/9/18 it is the Worlds Biggest MacMillan Coffee Morning.  SO… If you are tempted to bake a cake and don’t really want to eat it yourself, or feel it would be better to go to a good cause… You can pop it into your local DAWSON’S office – they are all listed on the link below – where they will happily sell all cakes no matter what shape or size that has been donated, and ensure all proceeds from cake sales will be presented to the much-needed charity Macmillan.

Dawsons Macmilan Coffee Morning


Of course, before we eat the delicious cakes on offer, we will take a photo and upload it to the competition for you.  Please, therefore, if you are leaving cakes at our offices, put your name and contact details with the cake, so that we can get in touch if you WIN the PHOTO SHOOT.

DAWSONS OFFICE LIST HERE

Before you switch the oven on and pick up your apron, here are some amazing Macmillan inspired recipes for you to try!

Martha Collinsons Chocolate and Pomegranate layer cake

https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/Martha-Collinsons-Chocolate-and-pomegranate-layer-cake

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https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/Greg-Rutherfords-Salted-Caramel-and-Peanut-Brittle-ShowstopperCoffee Walnut and Cardamom Cake

https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/coffee-walnut-cardamom-cake

Terms of Competition:  Click here to read the small print prior to this competition.  Thank you.