Charlie Dawson spent three weeks volunteering at Open Arms, Blantyre, in July.
The babies, toddlers and the foster children all so enjoyed Charlie’s friendly nature, as he rolled up his sleeves and got stuck into all the day-to-day activities; from feeding tiny babies their porridge to playing games with toddlers; and from to tutoring the older children in maths to sorting out and organising the cupboards. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything was carried out with a great attitude and a smile on his face.
Being a trainee teacher, Charlie had the education and engagement of the children top of his mind, bringing with him a great selection of games, including a parachute game and swing ball, as well as teaching posters.
Charlie was joined by his mum, Lesley, and brother, Joseph, for his final two days at Open Arms, and each of them also got involved straight away with feeding babies before visiting Rosemarie’s House.
The Dawsons are long-time supporters of Open Arms, having fundraised through a range of challenge events over the years. In fact, Lesley, who runs Children’s Corner Nursery in Leeds, also supports Open Arms through their CSR strategy, with regular fundraising activities and donations, as well as providing specialist equipment for the homes where possible. Lesley arrived this year with such thoughtful gifts for everyone, including a bag of much-appreciated toiletries for every staff member.
We so enjoyed the Dawsons’ visit and know that Charlie, in particular, will be sorely missed by the children.