Director, David Smyth, a member of the Smyth family who own and operate Swansway Group, explained, “We’re fortunate, we’re a close family and our staff are part of our extended family; we know not everyone is so lucky, that’s why we focus on supporting children, young people and families in the communities where we operate. It’s a good feeling for us, as a company, to be genuinely helping local people and our staff enjoy getting involved, being part of something bigger than their job”.
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Circus Starr is a touring circus, based in Congleton, boasting world-class, professional artists from across the globe. Founded in 1987, the charity puts on their world-class show right across the country, working with children’s hospices and hospitals, Young Carers, foster children, SEN schools and Women’s Refuges to bring joy into the lives of children, who often have little to look forward to.
Circus Starr is a not-for-profit organisation and hosts circus shows at seventy five venues, three times a year.
1 in 20 children are born with a disability. 1 in 6 children are living in poverty. Circus Starr aims to bring families together for an enjoyable day out some rarely experience and we are delighted to be part of it.For every Motability vehicle we sell we fund 1 child and their carer to attend a local circus showing.
Following on from the success of our Santa Patrol we decided to make Easter brighter for children and old folk by delivering Easter eggs, to children’s groups, old folks homes and many other places nominated by the public and our staff.
With 5,000 Easter eggs and many other Easter based goodies, we go out and about with our giant Easter bunny, spreading hugs and happiness across the region.
Swansway Group director, David Smyth, explained, “Our Christmas Santa Patrols have been an eye-opener; we had no idea just how many children are in circumstances that rob them of the milestone times in their childhood. Santa and the Easter Bunny are fun, fantasy figures; every child should have a Christmas present and an Easter egg”.
“With our Easter Eggs-travaganza we’re looking to brighten up Easter not just for kids, but for the elderly, those in hospices and long term care. Please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of a group which would like to be visited by the Swansway Easter bunny”!
Every year we give away over £15,000 of Christmas presents to Children across the North West and Midlands, children who otherwise might not receive a visit from Santa.
Last year saw over 3,000 children receive gifts, as our employees donned their Santa suits and spread a little Christmas spirit.
Swansway Group director, David Smyth, explained, “There are a lot of kids out there, for whom Christmas isn’t the magical time it should be; sadly more than any of us would imagine and as a family business if we can help make Christmas a little more special for these children, then we will”.
“All our staff get involved, wrapping the gifts, suggesting local children’s groups and some get to play Santa. Last year almost thirty charities and groups benefitted from a Santa Patrol visit and we’re hoping to top that this year”, added David.
You can help by nominating a children’s charity or group in your area, which you believe would benefit from a visit by the Swansway Santa Patrol.
Support MacMillan by visiting your local Swansway centre on Friday 28th September.
It’s a sad fact that at some time or another, one in three of us will face cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support is there to make sure that no-one faces cancer alone and they provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support.
To help them achieve their goal they hold the ‘world’s biggest coffee morning’ every September and Swansway takes part by hosting a coffee morning at every one of our centres.
Our staff get involved baking delicious cakes and our customers get the opportunity to sample them; at the same time donating to this wonderful charity.
This year’s event will take place on Friday 28th September, so please visit your closest Swansway centre and help us make a difference.
Every year we join in with Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for charity.
In the spirit of Christmas many of our employees dust off their favourite festive jumpers and donated £2 to Save the Children, raising over £1,000 each year!
Here's some of our favourite pictures from across the group: