Spreading love for Valentine's Day with New Forest Colten Care homes

Kindness is free, let's sprinkle it everywhere!

Colten Care home residents ‘love’ celebrating Valentine’s Day - including giving out personalised blooms at Woodside Park Lymington

Kingfishers in New Milton went to town with their Valentine’s Day celebrations. Seen here is waitress Julieta Caires handing resident June Price her red rose.

Residents of Colten Care homes put their whole hearts into spreading love on Valentine’s Day - sharing romantic meals, red roses and even sending caring messages to strangers. 

Residents at Colten's Court Lodge in Lymington gave out personalised blooms to visitors of the town's Woodside Park. Pictured here is Joan Stedman.Residents at Court Lodge in Lymington took a community-themed approach: in a ‘random act of kindness’ Companion team leader Julia Puia, Companion Andrea Rixon and residents Joan Stedman, Eileen Drake and Mary Roberson wrote messages with loving words, and after attaching them to roses, shared them with the community in nearby Woodside Park.

The messages on the roses were simple, short and sweet: ‘Kindness Is free, sprinkle it everywhere’ ‘Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness’ and ‘Do something wonderful, people may imitate it’.

Julia explained: “Over 60 roses were given to people walking their dogs, parents at the park with their children and others enjoying the sunshine. The residents absolutely loved giving the flowers because the people receiving them looked so happy and were completely surprised. One lady mentioned her husband being away and receiving a rose just made her day, another lady got quite emotional and gave us a big hug.”

Giving is so much nicer than receiving! 

Eileen Drake said: “It’s lovely receiving. But it’s so much nicer giving! I have enjoyed this so much and watching people walk away with a smile.”

Joan Stedman said: “I gave a rose to a lovely gentleman who commented on how beautiful I was! I also enjoyed giving some roses to younger children at the park and wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day and telling them to always be kind.”

At Kingfishers in New Milton, residents enjoyed a Valentine’s party with live entertainment from the Land Girls, a sherry and wine social, a special lunch and a bingo afternoon. 

While Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst staged an ‘Art With Heart’ exhibition featuring works by residents intended to represent love. 

The home invited Brockenhurst Primary School, Brockenhurst College and other Colten New Forest homes to contribute entries too. 

Guests attending the show also had the chance to enjoy a heart-themed afternoon tea. Donations went to the Honeypot charity for young carers.    

At Avon Reach in Mudeford staff decorated the home with love hearts and invited residents to tuck into a High Tea. A raffle on the day raised funds for Macmillan Caring Locally.   

At Belmore Lodge in Lymington, pianist Mark Busell entertained residents at a Valentine themed afternoon tea. Residents also made heart decorations featuring photos and wording about loved ones which were put on display on a ‘Sweetheart Tree’ in the home. 

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Main image: Kingfishers in New Milton went to town with their Valentine’s Day celebrations. Seen here is waitress Julieta Caires handing resident June Price her red rose.

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Residents at Colten's Court Lodge in Lymington gave out personalised blooms to visitors of the town's Woodside Park. Pictured here is Joan Stedman.


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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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