Our homes raised nearly £25,000 for good causes in 2014.
The figure means we have benefited charities by more than £110,000 in the past five years.
A range of organisations receive help from our policy of linking activities programmes with fundraising for charities chosen by residents and team members.
Avon Reach in Mudeford, Dorset, was the home that raised the most money last year, with £3,746.
Funds went to help the Stroke Association, Sports Relief, RNLI, British Legion, Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Campaign and Children in Need.
Colten Care Activities Manager Karen Burdon said: “It’s entirely up to our residents which charities we support. Once the choice is made, we all get behind it. Team members like to take part in sponsored events, such as walks and bike rides, and we enable our residents to contribute directly in meaningful ways such as making arts and crafts to sell at fundraising fetes.”
To help the Stroke Association and, in particular, young stroke survivors, Avon Reach held a gala dinner and sold knitted teddy bears and paper flower displays made by residents.
The money raised, more than £750, was presented to stroke campaigner Claire Whitehouse who suffered a stroke when she was just 19.
Claire said: “The residents are in a different age group but they still wanted to donate to help young stroke survivors. It blew me away when I first heard. I thought ‘wow’. I couldn’t believe it.”