Sponsorship gives care home residents a slice of rugby action

Sponsorship boost: Clare Gibson, Home Manager of Colten Care's Wellington Grange, with (left) Declan Hutchings, CRFC Chairman and Ron Migliorini, Sponsorship Head, together with Wellington Grange staff and CRFC players.

Sponsorship boost: Clare Gibson, Home Manager of Colten Care’s Wellington Grange, with (left) Declan Hutchings, CRFC Chairman and Ron Migliorini, Sponsorship Head, together with Wellington Grange staff and CRFC players.

Sport enthusiasts at Chichester’s newest care home are in for a treat thanks to a tie-up with the city’s rugby club.

Colten Care’s Wellington Grange, which officially opened last month (April), has become the latest sponsor of Chichester Rugby Football Club (CRFC).

The £11 million home, by the corner of Broyle Road and Wellington Road, is sited next to the club’s Oaklands Park ground.

Many of Wellington Grange’s rooms overlook the ground and weekend games can be watched from some residents’ rooms.

Club members will be coming to the home for occasional talks about the club and its history.

The sponsorship will also allow the club and Wellington Grange to work closely together to create special rugby watching experiences for residents, including those with limited mobility.

Key fixtures will also be included in ‘what’s on’ lists.

CRFC, which has more than 1,000 members of all age groups, operates five senior teams playing league rugby as well as a mini and junior section rated as a Beacon by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Clare Gibson, Wellington Grange’s Home Manager, said: “Chichester Rugby Football Club is a thriving club which, like ourselves, sees itself as a key member of the community.

“We’re very pleased to be playing our part in its continuing success and look forward to developing a close and long-term relationship.”

Ron Migliorini, CRFC Sponsorship Head, said: “Chichester Rugby club are delighted to welcome Wellington Grange as a sponsor.

“The proximity of our grounds, probably the most attractive in West Sussex, present both Wellington Grange and the club with new enthusiasts for the game of rugby.

“Few residential homes can match such a super ‘go to’ location on their doorstep. We look forward to welcoming new senior supporters in the coming months and years.”

Wellington Grange is family-owned Colten Care’s 20th home and its first in Sussex.

The 72-bedroom home provides residential, nursing and respite care services and will create up to 120 jobs when it reaches full occupancy.

Facilities at Wellington Grange include an in-house cinema, hairdressing salon, spa room, Brandy Hole library, Royal Sussex Dining Room and Sandpiper Bistro.

  • coltencare.co.uk/wellington-grange



Note to Journalists: With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company based in Lymington, Hampshire. It has 20 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and Wiltshire and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Colten Care is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. Colten Care is also committed to raising money for charitable causes. Residents in each home are encouraged to nominate a main charity to help every year, leaving scope for other organisations to be supported too. Activities organisers, social carers and other team members then enable residents to contribute directly in meaningful ways such as making arts and crafts to sell at fundraising fetes and suggesting ideas for sponsored quizzes. In 2015, Colten Care residents and team members raised nearly £32,000 for charity.

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