‘Outstanding’ Woodpeckers celebrates 30th anniversary

Party guests included Colten Care joint founder John Colwell (fourth right); Ian Hudson, Executive Chairman (left); Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive (second left); Cllr Anne Corbridge, Mayor of Lymington and Pennington (third left) and Katie Whiteside, Home Manager (fourth left).
Party guests included Colten Care joint founder John Colwell (fourth right); Ian Hudson, Executive Chairman (left); Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive (second left); Cllr Anne Corbridge, Mayor of Lymington and Pennington (third left) and Katie Whiteside, Home Manager (fourth left).

Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, the second home we opened, has celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special party for residents, families and staff.

Among the guests were representatives of the Honeypot Children’s Charity which residents support by making craft items to sell.

Viv Carter, Regional Community Fundraising Officer, certainly created a buzz in the garb of the charity’s mascot Bumble. Also attending was Cllr Anne Corbridge, Mayor of Lymington and Pennington. Cllr Corbridge unveiled a plaque for a fruit tree, chosen by residents, which will form part of a newly planted orchard in the home’s grounds.

She said the occasion left her with mixed emotions, as she had come to know the home well over the two and a half years that her mother, Marjorie, had been a resident. “I feel nostalgic, if not a little sad, as my mother passed away while a resident. She had the most superb care anyone could have had,” Cllr Corbridge said.

Party guests were entertained by the Fernhill Choir, comprising staff and a resident, Michael Naylor, from our Fernhill home in Longham, Dorset.

Katie Whiteside, Home Manager, and Viv Carter aka Honeypot mascot Bumble.

Woodpeckers was declared ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in 2018, something Mark Aitchison, our Chief Executive touched on in his speech.

He said: “While buildings and facilities are important, what makes the difference is the team – and you have 30 years of knowledge and experience to draw on.”

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