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Positive at 100 in Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton

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Residents at Kingfishers care home in New Milton celebrated Pat's 100th and raised funds for charities Oakhaven Hospice and PedAll

Staff at Colten Care's Kingfishers present a cheque to Oakhaven Hospice for £230.75

Residents of all Colten Care's New Forest homes also raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support by holding the traditional Macmillan Coffee Mornings

Pat stays positive as she reaches 100 at Kingfishers Care Home

“Optimism, exercise, holidays abroad and a daily glass of white wine” are the secrets of a long life according to a Hampshire care home resident who has just turned 100.

Pat Dartnell revealed her recipe for longevity as the celebrated her centenary among family and friends at Colten Care’s New Milton home, Kingfishers.

Born in South Wales in 1922 just four years after the end of the First World War, Pat grew up as the middle one of three sisters, Joan being the eldest and Sheila the youngest.

Pat’s earliest childhood memories are of the trio cycling to school and going for lots of healthy walks together.

She was still a teenager when World War Two broke out and, like many others of her generation, took part in community volunteering during the war years.

In 1952 she married Les Dartnell. The couple were happily married for more than half a century and enjoyed holidays and travel in Europe, with Italy holding especially fond memories for Pat.

Les had a brother who lived in Brockenhurst and visiting him over the years eventually led to Pat and Les retiring to the New Forest and realising their wish to be near the south coast.

On her landmark birthday, Pat had a family get-together at Kingfishers, welcoming a niece who was over from the United States.

And amid cards, flowers and cake, Pat was also the centre of attention at a celebratory afternoon tea party with fellow residents. 

Rose Arcellana, Companionship Team Leader at the Outstanding-rated home, said: “When we asked Pat for any tips on living to a great age she was quick to say you should always try to enjoy life, stay active and be optimistic. She said how much she enjoyed a social life, her holidays abroad and keeping fit through swimming and athletics. A daily glass of white wine, usually before lunch, was another of her recommendations. She’s also from a family with a history of long living so that has helped too.”

Rose added: “Pat is such a lovely lady with a highly positive attitude to life. Even at 100 years old, she enjoys being active and taking part in gentle exercise. She is a regular at our seated aerobics and yoga and when we do our armchair travel and history sessions. It was a tremendous privilege to help her celebrate and have fun on her centenary.”

Although she has now reached the great age of 100, Pat is not the oldest resident at Outstanding-rated Kingfishers as fellow centenarian Marjorie Nutton turned 101 in March this year.  

Centenarian Pat Dartnell dressed for her birthday party and holding a glass of wine

Charities thank Kingfishers for staging ‘happy hoedown’, too

Meanwhile two New Forest charities thanked Kingfishers for staging a country and western-themed fundraising party.

Residents and team members donned cowboy hats, jeans, bandanas and checked tops to say a side-slapping ‘yee haw’ to guests. 

The ‘happy hoedown’, which featured a barbecue, dancing and live music from duo Sweet Harmony, was in aid of Lymington-based hospice charity Oakhaven and the inclusive New Forest cycling group PedAll.

A total of £461.50 was raised through donations at the event, split evenly between the two organisations.

Thanking Kingfishers residents and staff, Oakhaven representative Stella Foster said: “You have raised an amazing amount which will benefit the community.”

And Gareth Jones who attended on behalf of PedAll said: “Thank you very much, this amount will go toward the upkeep and repair of the bikes.”

Rose Arcellana, Companionship Team Leader at the Outstanding-rated home, said: “Our residents really love country music and were only too pleased to have fun and help raise money for two great causes at the same time. The whole event went down really well – it was truly a happy hoedown.”

Among the Kingfishers residents who went to the party were Pam Brown and Joyce Ponsonby. 

Pam said: “It was a jolly happy party atmosphere and all the staff were fantastic.”

Joyce agreed, adding: “I loved it and it went perfectly well. Well done to all the amazing staff.”

Staff at Kingfishers Care Home presenting a cheque to Oakhaven Hospice

Raising a cup for this year's Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning 

Meanwhile Colten Care homes across the New Forest filled their cups and plates to raise hundreds of pounds for the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning event.

Colten homes are huge supporters of the Coffee Morning and this year was no exception, with performances, quizzes, music - and more mysterious golden cupcakes - than ever.

Outstanding rated Amberwood House in Ferndown raised £338.45 through its festivities.

Colten Companion Team Leader Kirsty Richmond-Cole  said: “Our dining room was full of residents, families and friends. Tea and coffee was flowing and there was a mouth watering selection of cakes which staff, families and friends had baked including Tunde’s famous Carrot Cake, Sharon McVicars’ Chocolate Cheesecake, Justine Thorpe’s Ginger and Lemon drizzle and a Chocolate Surprise cake by Diane Nicholls.”

Companions and residents had also created banners and bunting with messages to loved ones who need support, to those they have lost and to the Macmillan nurses.

And as with all Colten homes Amberwood House staged a Golden Cupcake competition - an annual event invented specially for the Macmillan Coffee Morning, in which a one-off golden cake is hidden amongst each home’s coffee morning tables. The lucky finder of the Golden Cupcake at each home receives a bottle of bubbly.

Kirsty said: “Our rather aptly-named winner of the Golden Cupcake was Tim Luck (resident Pauline Luck’s son). He was thrilled.”

At Colten dedicated dementia home The Aldbury in Poole, resident Abdul ‘Hobi’ Sabih was one of many residents who enjoyed

a game of Guess the weight of the Giant Cupcake, kindly made by the home’s Lead Nurse Sarah Ingram.

The weight was correctly guessed by Senior Administrator David Austin.

One of the housekeeping team Simone Bernard won the Golden Cupcake competition and a bottle of bubbly.

At the outstanding rated Kingfishers in New Milton, residents, their families and staff enjoyed live music from Retro Rita who had everyone joining in with songs from the 1940s.

Colten colleagues attended in fancy dress and the Golden Cupcake was discovered by resident Christine Channell, who was also awarded a bottle of bubbly.

Resident Val Collinge said: "I'm always happy to support this charity as it's for a very good cause."

Resident June Price agreed: "What a lovely morning of music. I loved seeing the staff in their fancy costumes."

At Canford Chase in Poole, residents enjoyed icing cakes ready for their Coffee Morning, which also involved a party with games such as How many Sweets in the Jar? and Name the Animal.

And the games continued at Abbey View in Sherborne, where resident Brenda Gibbs won the Guess How Many Berries in the Pie competition.

Abbey View resident Sheila Sanders won their Golden Cup Cake prize and said she was looking forward to sharing her prize bottle of bubbly with her family. The home was pleased to raise £100 pounds for Macmillan.

Elaine Farrer, Chief Operating Officer for Colten Care said: “This year as always, the Macmillan Coffee Morning was a huge success in all our homes with people coming together to have fun, bake, play games and raise money for a wonderful cause.”

Centenarian Pat Dartnell dressed for her birthday party and holding a glass of wine

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Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Meanwhile Colten Care homes across the New Forest filled their cups and plates to raise hundreds of pounds for the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning event.

Colten homes are huge supporters of the Coffee Morning and this year was no exception, with performances, quizzes, music - and more mysterious golden cupcakes - than ever.

Outstanding rated Amberwood House in Ferndown raised £338.45 through its festivities.

Colten Companion Team Leader Kirsty Richmond-Cole  said: “Our dining room was full of residents, families and friends. Tea and coffee was flowing and there was a mouth watering selection of cakes which staff, families and friends had baked including Tunde’s famous Carrot Cake, Sharon McVicars’ Chocolate Cheesecake, Justine Thorpe’s Ginger and Lemon drizzle and a Chocolate Surprise cake by Diane Nicholls.”

Companions and residents had also created banners and bunting with messages to loved ones who need support, to those they have lost and to the Macmillan nurses.

And as with all Colten homes Amberwood House staged a Golden Cupcake competition - an annual event invented specially for the Macmillan Coffee Morning, in which a one-off golden cake is hidden amongst each home’s coffee morning tables. The lucky finder of the Golden Cupcake at each home receives a bottle of bubbly.

Kirsty said: “Our rather aptly-named winner of the Golden Cupcake was Tim Luck (resident Pauline Luck’s son). He was thrilled.”

At Colten dedicated dementia home The Aldbury in Poole, resident Abdul ‘Hobi’ Sabih was one of many residents who enjoyed

a game of Guess the weight of the Giant Cupcake, kindly made by the home’s Lead Nurse Sarah Ingram.

The weight was correctly guessed by Senior Administrator David Austin.

One of the housekeeping team Simone Bernard won the Golden Cupcake competition and a bottle of bubbly.

At the outstanding rated Kingfishers in New Milton, residents, their families and staff enjoyed live music from Retro Rita who had everyone joining in with songs from the 1940s.

Colten colleagues attended in fancy dress and the Golden Cupcake was discovered by resident Christine Channell, who was also awarded a bottle of bubbly.

Resident Val Collinge said: "I'm always happy to support this charity as it's for a very good cause."

Resident June Price agreed: "What a lovely morning of music. I loved seeing the staff in their fancy costumes."

At Canford Chase in Poole, residents enjoyed icing cakes ready for their Coffee Morning, which also involved a party with games such as How many Sweets in the Jar? and Name the Animal.

And the games continued at Abbey View in Sherborne, where resident Brenda Gibbs won the Guess How Many Berries in the Pie competition.

Abbey View resident Sheila Sanders won their Golden Cup Cake prize and said she was looking forward to sharing her prize bottle of bubbly with her family. The home was pleased to raise £100 pounds for Macmillan.

Elaine Farrer, Chief Operating Officer for Colten Care said: “This year as always, the Macmillan Coffee Morning was a huge success in all our homes with people coming together to have fun, bake, play games and raise money for a wonderful cause.”

Kingfishers Resident Joan Lakeman and companionship team leader Rose Arcellana dancing

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