Big hearted care staff and residents raise hundreds of pounds for charity


Big-hearted staff and residents at a family-owned Dorset dementia care home have raised hundreds of pounds for charity in separate initiatives.

ON THE BEACH. Residents, staff, family and volunteers from Colten Care’s Fernhill dementia care home at the start of their walk in aid of Dementia UK.

A beach side ‘memory walk’ and a brave-the-shave challenge have enabled Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Longham to help Dementia UK and Macmillan Cancer Support respectively.  

Six residents, some in wheelchairs, accompanied by staff, family and volunteers completed a five-kilometre outing along Poole beach from Branksome Chine to Canford Cliffs and back.

At the same time, two team members – Housekeeper Jess Sears Dawson and Healthcare Assistant Sam Pickering – had their heads shaved at the home amid much laughter from an invited audience of residents and colleagues.

BEFORE. Housekeeper Jess Sears Dawson, left, and Healthcare Assistant Sam Pickering prepare to brave the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support. Doing the honours are hairdressers Jenny Allen, left, and Karen Toms.

Home Manager Gina Smith, who took part in the beach walk, said: “Our residents and staff are always delighted to lend their support to charities working in the local communities we serve.

“The choice of which good causes to help is always down to residents, their families and our team members.

“I think we ought to especially praise Jess and Sam for being brave enough to lose their lovely locks.

“The shaving was watched by residents and staff and everyone gave them three cheers when they had finished.”

Altogether, the initiatives raised more than £500.

Colten Care has a policy of raising cash for charities and good causes at all 20 of its care homes in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Sussex.