Christmas poem for Basics Bank New Forest

We’d never been to a food bank and didn't know what to expect...

...I’ll try to explain the best I can the incredible effect - Linden House visit to Lymington Food Bank, a revelation for Lorraine

Her recent visit to Lymington food bank New Forest Basics Bank inspired Lorraine Bell manager of Colten Care's Linden House, specialist dementia care home in Lymington, to write this poem afterwards. 

New Forest Colten Care homes have been playing their part in helping local food banks to battle the surge in demand caused by the pandemic and its knock-on effects; please first read this article as background to Lorraine's poem. (Click this link)

Food Bank volunteers

I had to pop out with a friend today
I debated if I had the time
heaps to do and more coming through
but today was the end of the line
The end of the line for donations
For folk who are truly in need
This trying year has taken its toll
with many more mouths to feed
The kindness was overwhelming
From the Linden House staff Team
Head office doubled the bounty
Families joined in the slipstream
Proud to represent Colten care
Happy to help our community
we packed up the car and off we went
united in our unity
We’d never been to a food bank
and didn’t know what to expect
I’ll try to explain the best I can
The incredible effect
Sincerity and goodness filled the air
We were overwhelmed completely
Drenched in the privilege of being there
In awe of these wonderful people
These hard-working genuine people
Happy, giving their time for free
Humanity at its ultimate best
Nobody could disagree
The room was full to bursting
So much kindness for us to see
Eighty families helped today
Boxes packed with care and dignity
We felt choked with pure emotion
At how truly grateful they were
They all thanked us profusely
As we made our way to the door
Waving a smiling goodbye
they proceeded to thank us again
We both left feeling truly humbled
Proud to support this campaign


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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... 

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