Mini classic car show at Linden House Care Home Lymington

Memories revived with mini classic car show at Linden House

rescue from edinburgh for norma and special memories for chris

memories for chris in austin seven at linden house specialist dementia care home in Lymington

Six vintage cars, dating back as far as 1925, were on display at Colten Care's specialist dementia care home in Lymington earlier this month and residents were taken to view the cars and sit in the vehicles.

The mini-show was the brainchild of Linden House Activity Organiser Donia O’Connor whose friend, Liz Comber, is the proud owner of a restored 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MK3.

She, in turn, enlisted the help of five other classic car owners who generously agreed to come to the New Street home with their respective pride and joys.
The vehicles included a 1925 Singer, 1932 Austin Seven, 1934 Ford Woodie Wagon, 1965 E-Type Jaguar and 1976 Triumph Spitfire.

Memories of Austin Seven ownership and rescue missions 

The 1932 Austin Seven owned by Keith Bloodworth and named Agatha, brought back special memories for resident Chris George.
“It’s absolutely superb. I briefly owned a car like this and it does take me back to those days,” he said.

While memories were also stirred for the family of another resident Norma Davis: in a bitter fifties winter long before motorways, her then suitor subsequently husband of 56 years Geoffrey (who died in 2010) drove his own pride and joy Austin Seven from London to Edinburgh to “rescue” nursing sister Norma who had been taken ill, and take her to her family home in Wales to recuperate. At one point the car broke down and though sick she got out in her fur coat to push!

Donia said the afternoon, which finished with cream teas, had been a huge success and was immensely grateful to the car owners.

Highest standards in all aspects of care

Colten Care is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. This is just one of the many “go the extra mile” events which the staff initiate and organise themselves, which in turn help to give the homes a real buzz. Anybody thinking about that step to a specialist dementia care home is encouraged to go and have a look around Linden House, meet some of the staff and residents and experience the positive atmosphere for themselves.  Click here for Linden House website  


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