Colten Care helps hungry families by collecting donations for food bank

Fighting hunger - not only in the third world but here in the New Forest too

It's shocking that in towns and villages in Hampshire and Dorset live many people who can't afford to eat properly

Colten Care team member with food bank representatives

Ed Note: Another pertinent subject so poignant in foreign lands yet also so terrifyingly ever more present in our own towns and villages. It's part of Colten Care's philosophy to play its part in the communities it serves and do what it can to help; its care home staff facilitiate and residents and relatives always rise to the challenge.

Dorset care home helps families struggling to put food on the table  

Residents and staff at a Dorset care home are doing their bit to help tackle child food poverty this summer.  

More than 20 bags of tinned and dried food donations have been collected at Colten Care’s Avon Reach home in Mudeford and handed over to Christchurch Food Bank Plus.

The items will be used in food packages in response to the bank’s ‘School Summer Holiday Hunger Rush’ appeal.

Its aim is to ensure local families in need can continue to feed children who would, in term time, receive free school meals.  

Food poverty here is worryingly on the increase

The number of children eligible for free school meals nationally has risen during the pandemic and the whole issue of food poverty has been highlighted in prominent campaigning by the England international footballer Marcus Rashford. 

This summer’s Christchurch appeal asked especially for tinned items such as fruit, custard, hot dogs and meatballs as well as jelly, dry rice and UHT milk.   

Residents, relatives, staff and visitors at Avon Reach all helped to gather food to include in the bags.

Tracy Blick, Manager of Christchurch Food Bank Plus, said: “We are so grateful for donations and it is lovely to think that older generations are prepared to help.

“Last summer we provided 4,000 food parcels for local families and we think it will be about the same this year.”

Avon Reach resident Edna Buckingham said: “It was lovely to support the food bank and help out local families in the area. I hope we will continue to support them.”

Fighting hunger 

Pictured outside St Joseph’s Church in Purewell, the home of Christchurch Food Bank Plus, with bags of donated food items from Avon Reach care home are, from left: Sarah Veal, Deputy Manager of Christchurch Food Bank Plus; Megan Castell, Companionship Team Leader at Avon Reach; and Jess Brolan, Home Manager.

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Three of Colten's New Forest homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission: Linden House specialist dementia care home in Lymington, Woodpeckers residential home in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.

Find out more about Colten Care

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. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

Excellent nurse led careAll homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

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