Ringwood Foodbank benefits from Colten Care raffle 


Colten Care raffle raises over £700 for Ringwood Foodbank

Colten Care head office staff and suppliers have raised much needed funds for Ringwood Foodbank

Ed note: Colten Care head office staff at Colten House in Ringwood and their suppliers who donated prizes have raised more than £700 for Ringwood Foodbank through their pre-Christmas office raffle. Which is a good idea for other businesses and also a reminder, especially as the rich get richer but the poor poorer, that food banks need our help all year round. 

Watched by colleagues outside Colten House in Ringwood, Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive of Colten Care, presents a cheque for £725 to Chris Lee, standing right, Chair of Trustees of Ringwood Foodbank.

Foodbank thanks ‘Team Colten’ for ‘incredibly generous’ donation

Colten Care head office staff at Colten House in Ringwood, together with some of their suppliers who donated prizes too, have raised more than £700 for Ringwood Foodbank through an office raffle.

The staff were asked previously to nominate a charity to support, with the food bank attracting the most votes.

Mark Aitchison, Colten Care’s Chief Executive, said: “The raffle was the focus of a get-together which we held in lieu of our Christmas party.

“It was truly heart-warming to see the response and the amount raised to help vulnerable people and families in the community.”

Accepting a cheque for £725 in respect of the funds raised, Chris Lee, Chair of Trustees of Ringwood Foodbank said: “This is a great example of the incredibly generous support we receive from individuals and organisations right across the community. We offer huge thanks to Colten Care.”

Chris added that the foodbank is seeing increasing demand because of rising financial need and food poverty.

“We were very busy in 2020, even busier last year, and we expect to be doing even more in 2022,” he said.

The foodbank supplies ‘three-day’ parcels of food, toiletries and household cleaning products, plus fuel vouchers for people on prepayment meters.

As well as Ringwood, it serves Fordingbridge and the Dorset communities of Verwood and Ferndown.

On average in 2021, the foodbank provided 560 meals a week.

Recipients of help must be referred by an agency such as a doctors’ surgery, social services, a child’s school, the Citizens Advice Bureau or a local church.

The Ringwood donation is the latest example of help for families in need from Colten Care.

Across the provider’s 21 homes in the south, various local foodbanks have been supported throughout the pandemic with donations of food items as well as cash.

At the height of the Covid-19 crisis last winter, Colten Care residents, families, staff and community contacts all helped to fill collecting boxes stationed at individual homes for onward shipment to local foodbank warehouses and distribution centres.     

For more information about Ringwood Foodbank, visit www.ringwood.foodbank.org.uk.

Image: Watched by colleagues outside Colten House in Ringwood, Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive of Colten Care, presents a cheque for £725 to Chris Lee, standing right, Chair of Trustees of Ringwood Foodbank. 

Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West 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

All 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

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