Carnival fun has a serious message

More than 30 members of ‘Team Colten’, including residents, families and staff, headed the annual community procession at the Lymington Carnival, themed this year on ‘Saving Our Planet’.

They set out to party – and still share a vital message.

Residents of our New Forest homes did their bit for the environment as they led the way in style at this year’s  Lymington Carnival.

More than 30 members of ‘Team Colten’, including residents, families and staff, headed the annual community procession themed this year on ‘Saving Our Planet’.

Our parade float was a giant, transparent model fish on wheels, made out of wire and wood and pulled along solely by staff muscle power.

Inside were dozens of discarded plastic bottles and containers collected locally by team members.

There was nothing fishy about Colten Care’s environmental message for this year’s Lymington Carnival parade

Residents took the ocean theme and made colourful decorations, such as blankets with mermaids’ tails, papier-mâché globes and jellyfish umbrellas.

We enabled participants to travel in the comfort of specially adapted bikes, thanks to our partnership with PedALL, a registered charity that provides cycling for people with lack of mobility.

“I had a lovely day,” said 101-year-old June Litton from Kingfishers in New Milton. “I had no option but to keep smiling for all the people watching the parade. The weather was pleasant. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Fellow resident Les Kemp said: “Taking part was a very good experience, especially when they asked me to sit on the platform bike. I used to go cycling with my wife and it brought back some lovely memories.”

Ben Benson-Breen, Senior Companionship Team Leader, said: “Even if you are living in a care home you can still play a full part in community life.

“This year our residents also showed that, like anyone else, they care very much about the climate emergency facing the planet.”

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