Charity begins at home(s)

‘Pudsey’ with Bourne View residents Helen Morris and Philip Godden and, left and right, staff members Brian Ramsey and Paul Wookey.

We continue to support charities and good causes despite coronavirus restrictions.

As well as raising a cuppa at the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, residents enjoyed a gentle contest to find a secret ‘Golden Cup Cake’ containing a layer of edible gold leaf through the middle. Chefs at each of our homes prepared the disguised treats as part of the array of cakes and pastries they made and served at the annual charity fundraiser.

Residents who ‘found the gold’ were entered into a draw to win £250 worth of shopping vouchers, with Colten Care donating the same amount to Macmillan on their behalf. As well as the cup cake contest, Macmillan fun included many individual initiatives by team members, including a leg wax and head shave. Overall, the homes and our Ringwood head office, raised more than £2,000 for the appeal.

Our residents also filled 240 shoeboxes with handmade Christmas gifts for the Rotary Club’s annual bid to help disadvantaged children in parts of Eastern Europe.

It was a record haul despite Covid, making the whole logistical exercise of collecting, packing and sanitising the items and boxes more complex than usual.

Our efforts drew praise from Neal Curtis, International Committee Chair at Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary Club, who said: “The support we have received from Colten Care residents and staff has been tremendous. We have already collected more boxes than ever before. What could have been a very disappointing year will actually be a bumper year, giving so much pleasure to hundreds of underprivileged children. Thank you to Colten Care for your wonderful support notwithstanding the difficult circumstances.”

In a third recent charity initiative, we once again supported Children in Need with homes staging cake sales, teddy bear games, raffles, duck races and other fun activities. Wearing a Pudsey Bear onesie, Bourne View’s Companionship Team Leader Karen Grant A’ Court said: “Children in Need is always a great chance for residents and colleagues to dress up, enjoy themselves and join in to support a worthy cause.”

Pictured are Joan Lakeman, left, and Val Collinge, who were among the many residents at Kingfishers in New Milton, to support the Rotary Club’s shoebox appeal.

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