Residents from four Colten Care homes enjoyed VIP treatment at the heart of the Rotary Club of Lymington’s Summer Spectacular.
The family-owned, Lymington-based care provider invited residents, families and friends to take up ‘the best seats in the house’ in a comfortable, relaxed marquee close to all the action at the popular community event.
The parties were collected from their homes by Colten Care’s minibus fleet and brought directly to the showground where they had the use of a restful lounge with wheelchair access and disability toilets.
The aim was to create a pleasing and supportive family environment within easy reach of the many fun activities, field events, displays and trade stands that make up the day.
As an extra bit of fun, families with children were invited to visit the marquee and take part in a free-of-charge cup-cake workshop. They decorated cakes freshly baked for the occasion by Colten Care’s expert chefs.
Colten Care, who sponsored the Classic Car show at the Spectacular, invited resident Chushsian Camm to present the trophy for Best Car in Show. The winner was a sky blue 1955 Jaguar XK140 0TS owned by Paul Davies from Doncaster.
Residents attended the Spectacular from Colten Care’s three Lymington homes – Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and Linden House – as well as Kingfishers in New Milton.
Jo London, Colten Care Activity Manager, said: “We aim to give every resident at our residential, nursing and dementia care homes the highest quality of life we possibly can. For many, their personal circumstances mean that it can be difficult to go out and experience these kinds of community events. Our sponsorship of the Spectacular meant we were able to go the extra mile and create a special day out they would not have been able to go to otherwise.”
Colten Care arranged similar VIP treatment in July for residents who wanted to take part in or watch the Lymington Carnival. Thanks to a sponsorship agreement, a 60-strong Team Colten including residents, carers, activities staff, families and children featured in the procession or enjoyed exclusive use of a raised viewing area by the Town Hall.
Jo added: “It was lovely to see our residents smiling and relaxing at the Spectacular and the Carnival. There was a real family feeling about both events.”
Lymington Rotary President Adam Ogilvie said: “We are great admirers of the many ways Colten Care involves its staff, residents and families in events such as the Summer Spectacular and the Carnival. Their sponsorship, publicity and organisational help is invaluable to the success of such community occasions.”