A SHERBORNE nursing home has raised the most money for charity in the past year out of all 19 care homes owned and run by Colten Care.
Abbey View in Bristol Road raised more than £3,000 for good causes out of a record-breaking group-wide total of £28,000.
A wide range of charities – local, national and international – are helped under Colten Care’s policy of linking its activities programme with community fundraising.
Residents in each home are encouraged to nominate a main charity to help every year, leaving scope for other organisations to be supported too.
Activities organisers, social carers and other team members then enable residents to contribute directly in meaningful ways such as making arts and crafts to sell at fundraising fetes and suggesting ideas for sponsored quizzes.
Abbey View raised £3,045 to help its main charity, Parkinson’s UK, as well as the RNLI, Macmillan Cancer Support, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, the Philippines Appeal and the annual Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal.
One of its 2013 events was a sponsored cycle ride for Parkinson’s UK. Fifteen members of staff rode from Sherborne to Weymouth, a distance of 27.7 miles, with five residents following in a minibus to cheer them on.
Colten Care Activities Manager Karen Burdon, who heads the provider’s 37-strong activities team, said: “We have encouraged our team members to think outside the box when it comes to fundraising. It is the residents’ choice who to raise money for each year and together they are coming up with some great ideas. Putting a charity focus into our activity programme is a lovely way of building links with other community organisations.”
As well as Abbey View, Colten Care has homes in Christchurch, Blandford Forum, Ferndown, Longham, Bournemouth, Sturminster Newton, Dorchester and Poole.
The £28,000 raised for charity in the past year by all Colten Care’s 19 homes across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire compares with £17,000 achieved in 2012.
Colten Care provides a range of services including quality residential, nursing and dementia care.
On their bikes: From left, Lucia Cata, Laura Sibley, Jess Warr, Sarah Hiscock, Kristy Stanniford and Sophie Carter from Abbey View nursing and residential home in Sherborne, who cycled to Weymouth to raise money for Parkinson's UK.