New Forest Colten Care homes support Basics Bank in Lyndhurst

Supporting Food Banks in the New Forest

A special day for residents at Woodpeckers and schoolchildren at Brockenhurst C of E Primary School, packing hampers for their local Food Bank and discussing wildlife in the garden.

Woodpeckers resident Frank Coumbe was in charge of educating children from Brockenhurst C of E Primary about the local birds and once they had filled in their tick sheet everyone received a bag of bird food to take home for their garden.

Having fun whilst giving

Staff and residents at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst welcomedpupils from BrockenhurstC of EPrimarySchoolfor a special day of garden fun followed by packing of boxes for the Lyndhurst Food Bank. 

Woodpeckers Companionship Team Leader Jane Bunker said: “We all wanted to help the Food Bank in some way and my colleague on the companionship team Jo Anderson suggested we involve local children too.

“It was a wonderful day with the schoolchildren. They came in with their teachers and we had set up a number of ‘stalls’ manned by our residents, where they firstly talked about the wildlife in our garden.

“Our residents, their families and staff had also collected a large selection of food which the children selected to form hampers. They discussed food banks and why they are needed and the children packed the food into boxes which the residents had also wrapped in bright paper.”

Lovely to work with the children

Woodpeckers resident Jean Slater said: “It was great to be involved in this community initiative and lovely to work with the children.”

Jane continued: “As well as being a lovely opportunity for our residents and the children to spend time together, chat and laugh, the event also gave the children a better understanding of what a food bank is and its importance in the local community, at a time when so many families are feeling immense financial pressure.”

About Lyndhurst Food Bank

Lyndhurst Food Bank is supported by Lyndhurst Welfare Charity, local businesses and the people of Lyndhurst, Bank and Emery Down.

Its aim is to support local people who need a little extra help, receive free school meals or have reduced income due to redundancy or loss of hours.

The food bank supplies essential fresh and tinned food, toiletries and household items and currently supports 65 households, making in the region of 30 deliveries a month.

Representatives from Lyndhurst Food Bank later visitedWoodpeckers to collect the hampers.

Food Bank volunteer Lisa Knight said: "The children of Brockenhurst C of E primary school had carefully selected lots of food items, and thoughtfully packed them into hampers, which the Woodpeckers residents had beautifully wrapped. A big "Thank You" for thinking of us and our assurance to you is that all these will be shared around the village."

More giving for the Food Banks

Colten Care’s Linden House in Lymington also held an Autumn Festival service with donations going to the Lymington Food Bank.

Donations of food, toiletries and kitchen items for the Lyndhurst Food Bank can be left at the collection point in the Lyndhurst Co-Op. The Food Bank can be contacted confidentially on: 07485 489275. Or emailed at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Forest Basics Bank in Lymington can be contacted on 01590 610008; website here.

Lyndhurst Food Bank volunteersLyndhurst Food Bank volunteers Lisa Knight, Joanne Rolle and Fiona Green(foreground)receive the Woodpeckers hampers from home manager Priya Joseph, home gardener Chris Marsh and Companionship Team Leader Jane Bunker.

Top image: Woodpeckers resident FrankCoumbewas in charge of educating children from Brockenhurst Cof E Primary about the local birds and once they had filled in their tick sheet everyone received a bag ofbirdfood to take home for their garden.


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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

Colten Care home Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst
Colten Care home Linden House in Lymington
Colten Care home Kingfishers in New Milton
Colten Care home Court Lodge in Lymington
Colten Care home Belmore Lodge in Lymington
Colten Care home Avon Reach in Mudeford


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