Gifts of love from New Forest church to care home

Gifts of love in the New Forest!

Special delivery of kindness and joy: Brockenhurst church brings touching gifts to care home residents

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Read on below but first read about the gift of two weeks free which Colten Care is offering this Christmas!

Two weeks Free Festive Break 

Literally that's two free weeks in a care home - a pretty generous Christmas gift! If you've been thinking about whether now is the time finally to make the move, it certainly is now the time to take this opportunity to trial life in a top quality care home. Find out all about it here.

New Forest care home residents touched by ‘gifts of love’

Back to the story and residents of Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst have expressed heartfelt thanks to members of  Brockenhurst Parish Church for bringing them handmade gifts and sending messages of seasonal cheer.

Dozens of knitted squares and written greetings were personally delivered to Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers by Revd Canon Diane Webster.

The items, adorned with crosses, were made by the Mothers’ Union membership charity at nearby Brockenhurst Parish Church.

Canon Webster, a regular visitor to Woodpeckers before lockdown for communion services and individual meetings, said in a note to the home: “As we have been unable to visit, members knitted the squares as tokens of our love and prayers for those in our local nursing and residential homes.

care home residents with gifts“We know how difficult the year has been for all your residents and the staff and wanted to show our concern and support for you all.”

Woodpeckers residents were keen to thank the Mothers’ Union and Canon Webster.   

Patricia Cowen described the gifts as “a lovely gesture” while Joyce Alexander said: “It’s so kind of them to think about us, when everyone has such busy lives.”

Betty Hampton said: “I’m touched by this and will keep the square in my handbag.”

Iris and Fred Woodford, who both live at Woodpeckers and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary there, said they took “great comfort” from the church. Fred added: “We can’t get over the kindness of people who do not know us.”

The home’s Companionship Team Leader Jane Bunker, who accepted the gifts in a Covid-safe handover, said: “We have a very strong and long-standing relationship with Brockenhurst Parish Church and we’re thrilled the Mothers’ Union took time to make each of our residents a gift this Christmas.”

Canon Webster retired as vicar of Burley in 2010 and now assists in Brockenhurst at both St Nicholas’ and St Saviour’s churches under the leadership of the vicar, Simon Newham.   

Tis always the season for Colten Care to care...

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Festive break 2 weeks free

"If you would like to experience a Colten Care home first-hand, we are currently offering the opportunity to come and stay with us and have two weeks completely free. For terms and conditions, and how to apply, please go to https://www.coltencare.co.uk/two-weeks-free"

Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes online

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. 

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, 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... 

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

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