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22 June 2019

2 Year Anniversary

After 2 years of visiting as many children as we can, we've now seen 6000 children across the span of over 2000 hours of volunteering. It would not be possible without our 378 volunteers and countless partners. Fingers crossed for bigger and better things by next year!

6 June 2019

Annual General Meeting 2018/2019

To wrap up our 2nd year in operation, we held our Annual General Meeting alongside a small party and awards evening. 

7 May 2019

Cardiff Students Union Volunteering Awards

We were awards 'Outstanding Contribution' at the Cardiff University Volunteering Awards (Voscars) for our work in visiting children across South Wales. See the article here: https://www.cardiffstudents.com/cardiff/volunteering/voscars1/?fbclid=IwAR1sXsre7BwFm5GkaWnXMr2_7pspjQ6CNlV3oFwRTxg3CS9TSZ1dxFu2VmY

25 April 2019

Whatuni Student Choice Awards Runner-Up

Following an exciting evening in London at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards, we were awarded 3rd place for the Just Giving Category. Congratulations to Birkbeck University who won. Read more about it here: https://www.idp-connect.com/newspage/editors-choice/press-release-uk-student-satisfaction-riding-high-at-80-as-swansea-university-wins-top-award/

24 April 2019

Cardiff and Vale Health Board Article

In recognition of the visits we make to their wards, Cardiff and the Vale Health Board featured Make a Smile following recent awards. Read more about it here: http://www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/news/50911

7 March 2019

Whatuni Student Choice Awards Shortlist

Make a Smile was short-listed for the WUSCAs Giving Back award as a part of Cardiff University. Read more about it here: https://www.idp-connect.com/all-events/whatuni-student-choice-awards

2 January 2019

Website Launch

On this day, our website finally went live, making Make a Smile open to the world!

23 December 2018

Cardiff University Medical School Post

The Cardiff Medical School C21 Facebook Page posted to their 2500 followers to celebrate the end of a successful 2018 filled with events and smiling children. See the post here: https://www.facebook.com/CardiffC21/posts/2484437028238211

2 October 2018

Llanishen High School Charity of the Year

Following a visit to Llanishen High School, the school were generous in making us one of their charities of the year, promising to fundraise for us across their non-school uniform days etc. 

10 August 2018

Taff Housing Association Article

After our visit to Taff Housing Association, one of their amazing organisers recounted the circumstances of encouraging Make a Smile following the Wales Volunteering Awards. See the article here: https://picturethepositive.com/taff-housing-community-fun-day/

22 June 2018

1 Year Anniversary

1 year on, we have increased to over 200 volunteers and have been to see 3000 children over 1000 hours of volunteering. It wouldn't be possible without your support so thank you! 

13 June 2018

Wales Council for Voluntary Action Award Winner

Our founder, Luke Morgan, was surprised to win the Wales Under 25 Volunteer of the Year 2018 Award for his work with Make a Smile alongside a number of fantastic causes and charities. See the article here: https://www.wcva.org.uk/about-us/news/2018/06/winners-of-the-wales-volunteer-of-the-year-awards-2018

24 May 2018

Cardiff University Article

Cardiff University, noticed the work some of its students were doing and wrote an article showcasing what we do. See the article here: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1189029-students-helping-to-make-the-children-of-south-wales-smile

8 May 2018

Cardiff Students Union Volunteering Awards

At the Cardiff University Volunteering Awards (Voscars) we were awarded 'Best New Project' in recognition of our quick growth and volunteering over our first year of operation. See the article here: https://www.cardiffstudents.com/jobs-skills/volunteering/the-voscars/voscars-nominations-18/ 

2 May 2018

Annual General Meeting 2017/2018 

To conclude our first year, we held our first Annual General Meeting (AGM).

21 April 2018

BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales Article

Founder Luke Morgan was invited to appear on the BBC Wales Good Morning Wales show on this day to talk about his work with Make a Smile. Covering what the charity does, why it was set up and why he volunteers. You can listen to the recording here: 

BBC Radio Wales - Good Morning

16 April 2018

Wales 24/7 Article

Off the back of the St Davids' article, Wales 24/7 were keen to find out some more about Make a Smile. See the article here: https://wales247.co.uk/meet-the-charity-group-dressing-up-as-superheroes-to-help-children-in-cardiff/

28 March 2018

St Davids College Article

Following a visit by Kestra Dawson and Luke Morgan to recruit volunteers from the local St Davids 6 Form Catholic College, they featured Make a Smile within their article, they interviewed our founder Luke Morgan all about us and why he volunteers. See the article here: https://www.stdavidsstudentblog.com/single-post/2018/03/28/MAKE-A-SMILE-ST-DAVIDS-ALUMNUS-STARTS-HEART-WARMING-CHARITY

9 March 2018

Jailbreak Fundraiser

A brave and generous team of volunteers (headed by Cardiff Social Media Officer Ceira Moulton) agreed to attempt the Jailbreak challenge. They would have 52 hours to get as far away from Cardiff as possible without spending any money. The team was very successful in getting to Madrid and back, while raising over £800. A major contribution with thanks to Wye Valley Demolition GroupMore information here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/makeasmilejailbreak

13 February 2018

Students Union Article

As a part of their Student Volunteering week, Cardiff University Students Union featured our founder Luke Morgan in their spotlight to encourage other students to take part in volunteering. See the article here: https://www.cardiffstudents.com/news/article/6013/Meet-the-Volunteers/

17 December 2017

Healthcare Music Society Fundraiser

Following successfully lobbying, Cardiff University's Healthcare Music Society held a successful concert in Cardiff to raise money for Make a Smile. 

29 November 2017

TCUPS and Showchoir Fundraiser

The Cardiff University choir societies TCUPS and Showchoir agreed to get together to perform a small concert in Cardiff Central Railway Station to raise money for Make a Smile. 

22 June 2017

Founded

On this day a group of friends got together, keen to make a difference to the lives of children in the UK. A handful of emails were sent out to a few events and the social media was created. The first event was a few days later in Rogerstone with Serennu and Llanelli with Play Library

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