North Dorset school soccer team gets new look thanks to care provider


A North Dorset school has a brand new soccer kit thanks to a family-owned care home company.

On the ball: Della Jones MBE (left) with Colten Care staff Shelley Kinnaird, Sandra Boulton and Tracey Wyke; Headteacher Daniel Lasbury-Carter, and pupils from Blandford St Mary’s CE Primary School.

Pupils from Blandford St Mary’s Church of England Primary School were presented with the kit when they visited Colten Care’s Whitecliffe House.

Shelley Kinnaird, the home’s administrator, had asked former Dorset district and county councillor Della Jones MBE to suggest a kit sponsor.

Shelley’s son, Calum, plays in the school football team while Della’s husband, David, 87, is a resident at Whitecliffe House.

“Della said why not ask Colten Care and, very generously, they agreed. Everyone is delighted,” said Shelley who has worked at the home since 2012.

Presenting the kits, Della, 85, who was made a Member of the British Empire in 1987 for services to tourism and the community, congratulated the young players on their new kits.

In response, Calum Kinnaird, ten, said: “With Colten Care’s sponsorship we hope to do you proud and win…and win.”

The new kit includes smart green shirts emblazoned with the Colten Care logo as well as shorts and socks.

Daniel Lasbury-Carter, Headteacher, said: “We’re very grateful to Colten Care for their generous support.

“The school is very keen on building close links with the community. This is a great example of that happening in action.”

The presentation at Whitecliffe House was followed by soft drinks and home-made cakes for the youngsters.  


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