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New Forest Colten Care homes stage Danceathon for Children in Need

New Forest Colten Care homes stage Danceathon for Children in Need

Fun and laughter at New Milton care home as residents participate in 10 hour fundraising music and dance extravaganza.

DANCE-TASTIC - Colten Care’s outstanding rated Kingfishers in Barton-on-Sea hosted residents from its sister homes Avon Reach in Mudeford, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and Belmore Lodge and Linden House in Lymington for a 10-hour danceathon for Children in Need.A group of New Forest care homes showed they were in perfect sync when it came to staging a Danceathon for BBC Children in Need (November 15).

Colten Care’s outstanding rated Kingfishers in Barton-on-Sea hosted residents from its sister homes Avon Reach in Mudeford, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and Belmore Lodge and Linden House in Lymington for the 10-hour music and dance extravaganza.

Kingfishers Manager Beata Brzozowska, who donned a pair of Pudsey Bear slippers for the event, explained: “Colten residents love to support Children in Need and they also love anything to do with music and dancing, so it has been an excuse to dress up, donate to a great cause and really enjoy ourselves.”

She continued: “One of our companionship team members, Sarah Morris came up with the idea for a Danceathon and our Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard coordinated the playlist and dance sessions, while our team here supervised the day.

images/colten-care/danceathon1_600x400.jpeg“The aim has been for at least one person in the home to be dancing at all times and I have to say that Ben Benson-Breen, one of Colten’s Senior Companionship Team Leaders revealed himself to be a real dancing star!

“We have listened to every genre of music, from country to Latin, 50s to disco - people just haven’t stopped swaying, foot tapping and singing.”

Staff and residents dressed for the occasion in the traditional Children in Need colour yellow, as well as some fetching 1980s-inspired outfits.

Kingfishers resident Betty Kilford said: “We are very lucky to have very kind and very enthusiastic staff at our homes, who love to get us all involved and having fun.

“I especially love music from Gershwin and the 1950s and there has been a lot of that today so I have really enjoyed myself.”

Valerie Collinge agreed: “I love dancing and I particularly enjoy ballroom dancing which the companions take me to each week at the local Parkinson’s Club.

“It’s been a fun day and it’s lovely to know we are also collecting money for Children in Need, which is a great cause."

Colten Care’s Music and Arts partner Fiona Pritchard said: “Some of our residents have joined in with some line dancing and ballroom dancing - and we’ve even done the conga through the dining room and the Hokey Cokey at lunch. There has been something to appeal to everyone, whatever their musical taste and ability.

“Dancing and music are universally loved and provoke real joy in people - and we have definitely seen joy on the faces of our residents today.”


Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes

2019 Winter 4for3 offer at Colten CareColten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

Every Wednesday 'Come Dine with Us' at Belmore Lodge - come and join the residents for a sociable lunch (booking essential!). Ladies, on the first Wednesday of each month join the residents at Court Lodge for Ladies' Afternoon Tea and gentlemen, come along to the Gentlemen's Lunch Club, also at Court Lodge.

Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten Care home. During November, December and January Colten Care have a special offer on short stays - 4 weeks for the price of 3. Find out more about respite care and short stays here.

Colten Care's Avon Reach    Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Linden House Lymington 

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton    Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst

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