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Dot Beeson MBE

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Dorothy Beeson was born July 6th 1947 and founded The Swan Sanctuary in the early 1980’s.
Over the years she with the help from family and volunteers built The Swan Sanctuary in to a haven for sick and injured Swans and Waterfowl.
In 1991 she was awarded the BEM and went on to be awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor castle in 2015. She was also awarded the Pride of Britain Award in 2001 and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) award in 2015.
Her hard work and dedication allowed The Swan Sanctuary to flourish going on to receive the Lord Erskine Award in 2000 and the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (2018), presented by HRH Princess Alexandra to Dot at the Sanctuary in 2019.
She passed away peacefully at home with her family on May 1st 2020.


In Memory of Dot Beeson.

6th July 1947 – 1st May 2020

Four generations of swan keepers.

I miss my Nan, we were like any normal family. Just with infinitely more swans involved.
She has left behind a huge gap in our lives, but were are all immensely grateful for the time and knowledge we got from her.

We are proud to be able to carry on her work with the help of our amazing team that has become family to us.

Thank you Nan.


– Gemma Nelson 

The Swan Sanctuary