Recruiters take on the role of ‘Secret Santa’ for families with cancer

Recruitment specialists at TeamJobs have taken on a new role – as a ‘Secret Santa’ for Dorset families facing cancer this Christmas. The award-winning Bournemouth and Poole company is among a host of local businesses which have donated to Dorset Cancer Care Foundation’s (DCCF), Secret Santa appeal. The appeal, which launched this month (December), is asking for donations to enable … Read More

BBC Countryfile visits Sturminster Newton care home

Residents and visitors at Newstone House did a triple take when they were visited by BBC Countryfile star Adam Henson and two alpacas. Adam and alpacas Oliver and Jimmy were filming at the Colten Care home in Sturminster Newton for an upcoming episode of Countryfile. Adam met residents in the home’s lounges and indoor beach and even took his furry … Read More

Community partners champion winter wellbeing

A New Forest care home has teamed up with a nearby day centre to help people in the community banish the winter blues and celebrate healthy living. The partnership between Colten Care’s Lymington home, Court Lodge, and the neighbouring Coates Centre will offer help on all aspects of winter wellbeing. Free-of-charge activities and events – some at Court Lodge, some … Read More

Further expansion on cards at Colten Care after bank deal

A family owned care home company is set for further expansion after agreeing a £26 million financing package with its new banker. Colten Care, which owns and operates 20 homes across the South of England, says it is planning to open a new home every couple of years following the deal with NatWest. Work is already well-advanced on its 21st … Read More

Care home residents enjoy sponsored beach walk

Residents from Poole’s Canford Chase care home took a two-mile sponsored ‘sand walk’ in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. Six residents from the home in Western Road were assisted by home volunteers, relatives and a dog called Muffin on their journey from Shore Road in Sandbanks to Branksome Dene. Among the group was Nora Cracknell, 92, from Parkstone, who was … Read More

Former golfer Elsie tees off her 100th year

Former golfer Elsie Knopp teed off her 100th birthday celebrations with the help of her two strapping grandsons. Elsie, a resident at Colten Care’s Linden House in Lymington, was joined at the care home by William (25) and Thomas Hetherington (23) from Milford-on-Sea and a host of other family members and friends. The party enjoyed Elsie’s favourite meal of roast … Read More

VIP birthday wishes for 100-year-old Arthur

Arthur Woodley’s 100th birthday celebrations included a surprise visit from the head of the parish council. Arthur, a resident at Colten Care’s Brook View care home in West Moors, near Bournemouth, was presented with a card and a bottle of red wine by councillor Penny Yeo. Mrs Yeo, who was joined by her parish clerk Judi Weedon, said: “When I … Read More