Feathered friends help care home stage Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
A Winchester care home welcomed a pair of high flyers for the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Flo, a Bengalese eagle owl, and barn owl Charlie swooped in for the annual charity fundraiser at Colten Care’s Abbotts Barton nursing and residential care home.
Residents, staff, volunteers and visitors all took time to meet and learn about them after they were brought along by the birds-of-prey display team Falconhigh.
Handler Jethro Charlton explained that the birds can hear a heartbeat from 100 metres away with Bengalese eagle owls preferring to hunt at dusk and dawn while barn owls tend to locate their prey during the night.
Aside from the chance to meet and hold Flo and Charlie, guests for the coffee morning had the choice of seven different types of cake specially baked for the occasion by Abbotts Barton chef Lorraine Holder.
Volunteers also manned a stall selling donated items such as cuddly toys and ornaments, helping to take the total raised to £180.
Home Manager Dee Lovewell said: “Our residents, families and the wider community around our home are always happy to support Macmillan. We had a lovely time at the coffee morning with Flo and Charlie, and Lorraine’s tasty treats, definitely the stars of the show.”
All 20 care homes run by family-owned Colten Care have taken part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this year, together raising more than £5,000.
The support is part of a deliberate policy to combine activities programmes with fundraising for charities nominated by residents. Last year, Colten Care residents and team members raised nearly £32,000 for a range of good causes.
The Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is part of a global campaign by the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. The aim is to help ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.
Falconhigh, which also recently visited Colten Care’s Winchester dementia care home, St Catherines View, is based at the Brambridge Park Garden Centre in Eastleigh, Hampshire.