War of words as residents from four of our care homes dabble in Scrabble

Dedicated Scrabble fans from four of our care homes were quick to mind their Ps and Qs as they enjoyed a friendly battle of words in multiple encounters.
Players at our care homes in Dorset and Hampshire pitted their wits against each other to search for the ultimate word score using giant Scrabble boards.

While Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst welcomed friends from Kingfishers in New Milton, there was similar gentle rivalry as Amberwood House in Ferndown took on visitors from Bourne View in Poole.

The inter-home fun, timed to celebrate National Scrabble Day, lasted several hours and featured a sweepstake so non-players could feel involved by guessing the number of words the teams achieved in each game.

At Amberwood House, staff reflected the theme of word play by dressing up as something beginning with the first letter of their name.

Companionship Team Leader Kirsty Richmond-Cole was a Kite, Clinical Lead Hanna Rehbein was a Hot Dog, Home Manager Diane Nicholls was a Dragon, Nurse Anika McQuirk was Alice in Wonderland, and Maintenance Manager Christian Blanch was Clark Kent, unveiling a Superman top from under his shirt.
Kirsty said: “We decided to dress up so residents could have a good laugh and join in with the celebrations even if they had decided not to play. We did have some strange looks and one or two belly laughs. Resident Don Cussen asked us if we had lost our marbles!”
The Bourne View team – Harold Faircloth, Wendy Barnes and Peter Prior – arrived at Amberwood House just before lunch, taking a stroll around the garden and enjoying fish and chips before sitting down for the competition.

In the end, Amberwood House put up three teams itself, with residents Marjorie Hutchings, Rita Bryant and Noreen Hewitt having a closely fought match with Harold, Wendy and Peter.
Kirsty said: “There were some clever moves and a few challenges on words and Marjorie, Rita and Noreen jumped into the lead. But Harold, Wendy and Peter refused to give in and made a word score of 41 which enabled them to go in front. As it went on and with a final push from Marjorie, Rita, and Noreen, Amberwood House cheered with joy as they cleared their rack with a fantastic move and won the game.”
Marjorie said: “It was great to welcome our visitors. Hopefully, it’s the start of more get-togethers. We all love Scrabble, it’s a definite favourite.”

At Woodpeckers, there were also multiple matches with some ties open to family and friends as well as residents.

The most successful residents’ team was Jo Bray, Pam Welch and Molly Wolstenholme.

Companionship Team member Sian Harris said: “Over an hour and a half of playing and 75 words later, Jo’s team were the clear winners with 307 points against 239. Jo also won a prize for the longest word. This prompted a lot of laughter as her word was ‘headstones’.  One resident said, “you have to laugh at these things, even if it’s dark humour!”

There was also National Scrabble Day fun with games between residents living at Avon Cliff home in Bournemouth.

National Scrabble Day is celebrated annually in honour of the game’s creator, an American architect called Alfred Mosher Butts who was born in April 1899 and came up with his invention in 1938.

New Forest care home residents deliver Easter joy to community foodbank

Big-hearted residents at our New Forest care home, Court Lodge, gathered chocolate treats, filled gift parcels and delivered an Easter surprise to their local foodbank.
A party from Court Lodge travelled across Lymington to the New Forest Basics Bank with items donated by families and friends of residents and team members.

They handed over dozens of chocolate rabbits, Easter eggs, sweets and Easter-themed toys to help local families in need.

Residents spoke of their joy in going hands-on to help with the initiative.

100-year-old Margaret Honeyman said: “I enjoyed being part of the drop-off, being so local and such a good cause.”

Lesley Saunders said: “It was great to be a part of this and being able to help our own local people in need.”

Brenda Corfe said: “It has been a really lovely thing to do and all for a good cause.”

Residents were accompanied on their trip to the foodbank by Court Lodge Companionship Team Leader Julia Puia.
Julia said: “We enjoyed having a look around and finding out more about how the foodbank works.

“They were extremely grateful to us helping out this Easter and we would love to continue to support them.

“We’re also planning to have our own mini foodbank at Court Lodge and they absolutely loved that idea.”

Based in the Cannon Street East Car Park in Lymington, the New Forest Basics Bank distributes non-perishable food, personal hygiene items and basic household essentials to families in need.

There were Easter activities at our other care homes too, some of which had a fundraising element for charities supported by residents and staff.

Children from nearby schools and nurseries enjoyed Easter egg hunts at Avon Reach in Mudeford, Brook View in West Moors and the Winchester homes St Catherines View and Abbotts Barton.

Belmore Lodge in Lymington hosted an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ for families and friends of residents and staff. It featured a balloon modeller, face painting and various crafts.

Bourne View in Poole held an ‘egg hunt with a twist’ for children from St Joseph’s Primary School who had to solve riddles called out by residents to progress to each stage and find the chocolate treats.

At Wellington Grange in Chichester, residents welcomed youngsters from the local Little Pioneers nursery for games and craft activities. Together, young and not so young spent time in conversation as they made bonnets for an Easter parade.

‘It’s about how we connect’: Colten Care conference highlights living well with dementia

Staff across Colten Care came together to discuss the latest developments in dementia services at a conference in Bournemouth.
Colten Care’s leadership academy event, Connecting Through Dementia 2024, brought together 80 attendees for a day of presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops.

The main theme, reflected across the agenda, was the importance of ‘connecting physically, emotionally and spontaneously with people who live with dementia so that they feel valued, cared for and loved’.

The conference, at the Fusion Building on Bournemouth University’s Wallisdown campus, brought together Colten Care nurses, carers, specialists in dementia therapies, and colleagues such as training managers, chefs and care companions who work alongside clinical teams.
“It was about how we all connect with those living with dementia and their families,” said organiser and Colten Care Operations Manager Peter Doyle. “We focused on what outstanding clinical care and the wider mix of care services should look like in the context of enabling people to live well with dementia.
“My aim for the day was for everyone to have one key takeaway to help them grow in knowledge, understanding and insight and for them to connect with one another to develop in this area.”

Among practical sessions designed to appeal to different learning styles was a workshop on design ideas and the modelling of features in a dementia community.

A key highlight of the day was a question-and-answer session with presenters Peter Berry and Deb Bunt, co-authors of a book charting a year in Peter’s life after he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia aged 50.

The Suffolk-based pair discussed valuable insights from their book ‘Slow Puncture: Living Well With Dementia’ and how they have celebrated what you can achieve with dementia rather than feeling limited by how it can impact day-to-day life.

One example was a successful 350-mile cycling challenge through four counties, which involved Peter often leading the way on a penny-farthing.

Attendees at the conference included team members from the five the Colten Care dementia care communities: Linden House in Lymington; St Catherines View in Winchester; Fernhill in Longham; The Aldbury in Poole; and Newstone House in Sturminster Newton.

Experts who spoke included Kay Gibson, Colten Care’s Admiral Nurse, who has evolved a company-wide dementia care strategy since her appointment in 2016.

Kay’s input has benefited residents, families and communities around our 21 nursing homes, including the five dementia-specific care settings.

Also giving presentations on the latest thinking around dementia care were Rachel Johnstone, Dementia UK Business Development Officer, and Fiona Pritchard, our Music & Arts Partner.

Fiona discussed a musical collaboration she has led with multiple care homes which was recorded and made into a short film. The purpose was to demonstrate the impact of music on those with dementia.

The conference ended with an expert panel discussion chaired by Dr Chloe Bradwell, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University.

Among the panel members were Helen Hyde, a relative of a Colten Care resident, and Anne Ward Ongley of the dementia carers’ charity TIDE, Together in Dementia Everyday.
Elaine Farrer, Chief Operating Officer at Colten Care, who was also on the panel and gave the closing address at the event, said: “This was a thought-provoking and highly informative conference that gave attendees the opportunity to learn from each other and share best practice.”

Colten Care residents spread goodwill and positivity on Kindness Day

Gifts, donations, good deeds and compliments – residents and staff across our homes chose a host of positive, heartfelt ways to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day.
In line with the aim of the annual event – to encourage moments of goodwill and compassion towards ourselves and others – there were both individual acts and initiatives by entire homes and departments.

At Brook View in West Moors, residents and staff began early with an appeal at the start of the year for friends, family, colleagues and visitors to donate non-perishable food items.

These were gathered together and, on Random Acts of Kindness Day, presented to the nearby Castleman Community Larder which helps West Moors families struggling with food poverty.

Brook View’s Companionship Team Leader Lauren Parrett personally handed over the large collection of items, including tinned goods, pasta and cereals, to larder manager Michelle Bennett.
Lauren said: “Once our residents learned what the larder does and the importance it has for families in need in our community, they knew they wanted to help the team there on Random Acts of Kindness Day.

“We are so grateful to our staff, relatives, friends and visitors for enabling us, through their donations, to give something special back to our community.”
Thanking all at Brook View, Michelle said: “We want people to know they can shop within the larder and feel supported by the community.”

Among Kindness Day initiatives at our other homes, residents at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and Canford Chase in Poole handed out gift bags to local people while a team of knitters at Amberwood House in Ferndown made blankets for a medical charity.

Poetry was the order of the day at Bourne View in Poole, with positive, inspiring messages in verse being shared among residents, staff, relatives and friends.

Random Acts of Kindness Day is an annual celebration that began in Denver, Colorado, in 1995 and has since spread worldwide. Its aim is to inspire people to spread kindness and positivity and be more compassionate and caring.

Flippin’ marvellous as one of our New Forest care home cooks up Pancake Day ‘record’

Chefs at one of our New Forest care home’s flipped hundreds of pancakes so residents could attempt an audacious bid at a Guinness World Record for stacking.
As a fun way to spend Pancake Day afternoon, residents at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst managed place 214 pancakes on top of each other.

Staff had earlier found out that the official Guinness World Record for the tallest stack of pancakes is 213 pancakes, achieved by two chefs at Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest – so they decided Woodpeckers would try and go one better.

Woodpeckers Head Chef Brian Pearce said: “We actually made 325 pancakes in total so there were enough to play around with.

“We sourced 12 kilos of powder mix from a dairy and one of our chefs spent eight hours making it into pancakes for the day.”

Residents then went hands-on, lifting the nine-inch diameter pancakes out of trays and assembling them into the stack.
One member of the construction team, Eileen Morgan, said: “We thought at first that it would be really easy to stack them but as it went on, it got harder and harder. It was like a game of Jenga.

“When we discovered there was a record to beat, we became more determined than ever. It was a fabulous afternoon. We really enjoyed having a go at it.”
Companionship Team Leader Jane Bunker said: “We realised very quickly that there is an art to stacking pancakes.

“At 100 the tower was wobbling but no one wanted to give up and with a steady hand and encouragement from fellow residents, we made it to 214 pancakes.

“Luckily it stood long enough for a photo before it tumbled.

“Much fun and laughter was had throughout and afterwards the residents all enjoyed warm pancakes with traditional toppings of lemon and sugar or maple syrup.”

Those helping the stacking alongside Eileen and Jane were residents June Farrow and Shelia Burn and Companionship Team member Sian Harris.

Sian said: “We didn’t manage to get anyone in to officially verify this as a Guinness World Record but we might revisit it next year. It was really all about having a fun afternoon for Pancake Day.”

Avon Reach residents thanked for supporting humanitarian mission in Kenya

College students who volunteer to help some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children have thanked residents from Avon Reach for supporting their humanitarian mission.
Members of the Brock2Kenya group visited Avon Reach in Mudeford to give a first-hand account of their latest projects with orphaned street children 4,000 miles away in the city of Nakuru, Kenya.

Staff and residents at Avon Reach, plus  colleagues and suppliers of Colten Care, are among the supporters of an annual trip for volunteers, providing donations of cash as well as clothes, shoes, educational materials and other much needed items for distribution to hundreds of Nakuru’s children.

In Kenya last October, 26 Brockenhurst College students spent 12 days on three separate projects, at a school, a nursery and a welfare centre.
Among their activities was helping to install flushable toilets and clean-water sinks to try and cut the risk of children contracting waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

They also took part in a daily feeding programme to help tackle severe malnutrition among the youngsters, gave lessons in literacy and numeracy, played games and ran arts, crafts, singing and dance sessions.
After being in the audience at Avon Reach for the update on Brock2Kenya’s work, resident Noeleen Braisby said: “I found it riveting, really fascinating to hear about all this. It made me realise the huge gulf between our lives here and the extraordinarily poor lives that some of these children in Kenya lead. Long may the mission continue.”
Those presenting to the Avon Reach residents were Adrian Butterworth, Careers Progression Adviser at Brockenhurst College and Trip Lead, and two students who were with him on the last visit as part of their educational enrichment options, Lexie Henderson and Bethany Cohu.

Lexie, who is studying law, philosophy, criminology and Spanish, told the audience: “What you helped us with, in donations, we were able to give directly to the projects. We handed out suitcases of shoes and socks to kids who really needed them along with medical supplies, sanitary towels, crayons and art materials. We did a lot during those 12 days. I learned a lot of skills. It many ways it is heart-breaking. They were so sad to see us go home. It was emotional when we left, but I really want to go again.”
Bethany, who is studying health and social care, said: “The students pay for the trip themselves, raising the money to go from things like cake sales and sponsored activities, even a skydive. When you get there, you see people with so little, even having a challenge to find clean drinking water. Some of the younger ones you get to know just want a hug and to sit on your lap. Many have no safe place. You don’t realise how much you have. It’s an experience you will take with you for the rest of your life.”
Adrian said a project in plan for October 2024 will be to build and install a further rain harvesting kit, involving a roof-mounted tank to provide water for toilets.

When that visit happens, it will mean that more than 100 Brockenhurst College students will have been to Kenya to help since Brock2Kenya began in 2019.

Adrian said: “We couldn’t do the mission without the help of the Avon Reach residents and staff and our other supporters. Everyone’s help makes a massive difference. If we get can help one child in dire straits to get out of their circumstances, then it’s worth doing.”

Avon Reach’s connection with Brock2Kenya came about through Home Manager Ruth Wildman who is herself a volunteer on the annual trip.
Ruth said: “The highlight of the last trip for me was when the tap on the new plumbing system was turned on and we saw clean water coming through. That was amazing. But when you go into the schools, you can see that outside in the street there are many children who can’t get in. We give a few hundred children a chance but many more need help.”

After showing the Avon Reach residents a short film about their 2023 trip, Adrian handed round souvenirs including a Kenyan flag, a bush hat and a wood engraving of the Swahili saying ‘hakuna matata’, the name of a song in the film The Lion King that roughly translates as ‘no worries’.

Although Kenya has a relatively large economy compared to some African countries, more than 16% of its population lives below the international poverty line, currently measured at an income of $2.15 per day.

Angela’s artful approach inspires dementia care home residents

A carer at our dedicated dementia care home in Dorset has turned her flair for art into an inclusive painting project that enables residents to collaborate and express themselves.
Angela Thorn, a Healthcare Assistant at Fernhill Dementia Care Home in Ferndown, has engaged nine residents on what she expects will be just the first in a series of creative works.

Starting with a blank canvas and using brushes, sponges and acrylic paint, Angela led the group through the production of a giant landscape scene featuring a woodland walk, river and mountains.

The so-far untitled work, completed in four sessions, extends to 1.5 metres by one metre and is now on display at the home.
Angela said: “We started with the canvas flat on a table and we had four people working on it at the same time. I brought in some leaves and pieces of bark so the residents could see and touch them and have a sense of being outdoors.

I initiated a background wash and then we built up the layers of paint, the contrasts in the sky and on the ground, the perspective and the shapes of features. I showed them various techniques in how to paint bark and leaves with sponges.

It was lovely to step back and watch them begin to dab on their first touches of paint and take it from there in the directions they wanted. I gave them the freedom to be involved and to do what they wanted. It was like an ongoing story, created in the moment and with no constraints.

I was expecting to have to get over some initial resistance but they got into it very quickly and really did enjoy it. It was entertaining and spontaneous. One lady who I knew likes art brought her own brushes and easel to mix the paint and she was in her element.”
Angela has been a Healthcare Assistant at Colten Care for just over a year and said she has always been interested in the activities side of care.

She previously worked as a flower arranger and later as a window dresser at the Bournemouth department store Beales.

“That taught me to think quickly as I gained my skills in the job,” she said. “Part of being creative is working out how to get round situations and solve problems.

“I knew that I would have to guide it all very carefully  when I had so many people painting together on one canvas at the same time but when they were all together, they were very relaxed and at ease.

“It was also lovely to hear from the residents themselves what holds them back from being creative and, on the other hand, what prompts them to have a go.”

After painting a tree in the picture, resident Doris Smith said: “I thought, I can do this. I really enjoyed it and I was surprised with what we were able to come up with and the outcome we achieved.”

Companionship Team member Ann Marie Knight said: “Angela has an artistic mind and has built a close relationship with our residents at Fernhill. Together they have created an amazing piece of art with the promise of more paintings to come.”

Residents at Outstanding-rated Fernhill have also taken part in a recent programme of therapeutic art classes held at the home by visiting professional artist Johanna Kennedy-Wall.

Based in the New Forest, Johanna is renowned for her equine art and specialises in murals, portraits and sculpture.

Prancer and Jingles spread reindeer cheer at Woodpeckers care home charity afternoon

More than 250 people enjoyed a taste of Christmas magic as a Woodpeckers in the New Forest held a ‘meet the reindeer’ afternoon in aid of young carers’ charity Honeypot.
Residents and staff at Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst welcomed children from nearby Brockenhurst Primary School and the village pre-school, plus friends, neighbours and community contacts.

They took the chance to meet special reindeer guests Prancer and Jingles as well as Santa and a party of elves, all taking time out from their traditionally busy season.

Visitors also played a ‘Pick Rudolph’s Nose’ game, sampled and bought seasonal gifts at a series of craft stalls and took part in a raffle for prizes donated by New Forest businesses.

The final amount raised for Honeypot will be more than £1,200.

Sian Harris, Companionship Team Member, said: “It was the second year we have held a ‘meet the reindeer’ afternoon. Once again, we had a huge number of visitors, with children flooding in to see the reindeer. Word had clearly spread in the local area. It was such a popular event.”

Woodpeckers resident June Farrow, who helped out on one of the craft stalls, said: “I loved seeing the children come and enjoy themselves. It made me feel happy and bubbly as well.”

After the event, staff from the home, including Customer Support Adviser Lynne Ray, Gardener Chris Marsh and Home Manager Priya Joseph extended the reach of the raffle by taking a stall along to the community Christmas lights switch-on in Brockenhurst.

Viv Carter, Community Fundraising Manager at Honeypot, said: “The enthusiasm and energy from everyone at Woodpeckers is overwhelming.

“We are so happy to have their support. They have really driven their fundraising for us with an understanding of the impact it has.

“Their support will enable young carers aged five to 12 to take a break from caring and have fun being a child at Honeypot House in the New Forest.”
Thank you to all the businesses who donated raffle prizes. Marchwood Candles, Burley Wagon Rides, Burley Fudge, Fitness Evolution, Quirky Crafts and Messy Kate.

Colten Care carol singers light up forest of Christmas cheer

More than 30 residents from six of our care homes joined forces to sing carols and entertain visitors at a church Christmas tree festival.
Performers from our homes across the New Forest and Christchurch were in fine voice amid the seasonal fun at St Thomas Church in Lymington.

Under the direction of our Music and Arts Partner, professional musician Fiona Pritchard, the choir sang ten carols, adding the gift of Yuletide music to complement a display that numbered more than 60 Christmas trees.

Fiona said: “It was so lovely to be able to bring all the homes together to sing. They rehearse individually and when they come together, the sound is magical.”

Jack Phillips, a resident at Kingfishers in New Milton, said: “It was a great afternoon, I just had the best day.”

As well as Kingfishers, the singers came from Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, Avon Reach in Mudeford and the Lymington homes Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and Linden House.

The festival, organised as an annual fundraiser by the Friends of St Thomas, ran over five days this year with Colten Care once again one of the partners alongside other businesses, organisations and charities.

As well as the opportunity to sing in public, several of our homes organised arts and crafts sessions in the run-up to the festival so that residents could make decorations for some of the trees on display.
“We are proud to support the festival here in Lymington, especially as three of our homes are just minutes away from the church,” said Laura Davis, Marketing and Communications Manager for Colten Care. “The logistics of bringing six homes together to perform is no mean feat, so hats off to all involved.

“Residents told us just how wonderful the day was, how the relatives were there to support and join in, and how the public were wowed by the fact there were so many residents there and how lovely it was to hear them sing. Everyone was joining in. It’s something people will go out and talk about.

“The residents and relatives had a wonderful afternoon and that is at the heart of why we take part.”
Involvement in the St Thomas Church festival is just one of the many ways our residents are celebrating Christmas this year.

A choir representing five of our homes is singing at a public service at St Peter’s Church in Bournemouth in aid of the disability charity Diverse Abilities. They are Fernhill in Longham, Amberwood House in Ferndown and the Poole homes Bourne View, Canford Chase and The Aldbury.

Bourne View is the venue for a separate rooftop carol concert with residents, families and friends from Amberwood House coming along to join in.

Also in the comfort of their own surroundings, residents at Bourne View, Avon Reach and Kingfishers will welcome visits by fellow carol singers on a ‘road trip’ from the Julia’s House hospice charity.

Children from a nearby day nursery will likewise entertain residents at St Catherines View in Winchester with carols.

At Braemar Lodge in Salisbury, residents and staff created a seasonal wreath tree to feature in an annual tree festival at the city’s St Thomas Church which is traditionally attended by thousands of visitors each year.

Across our 21 homes, residents will also enjoy Christmas fetes and fayres, live music, pantomimes, gala lunches and dinners, and a host of festive games and competitions.

Care homes’ sweet move to brighten up Xmas for hundreds of children

Generous residents, families and community supporters have been praised for collecting hundreds of chocolate gifts to brighten up Christmas for less fortunate children.
Voluntary group Chocolate Elf Hampshire spoke of their ‘enormous gratitude’ to the residents, families, team members and other well-wishers at seven Colten Care homes who supported an appeal.

More than 300 selection boxes and advent calendars have been gathered at the homes’ collection points this year, triple the number in 2022.

Chocolate Elf has now taken the gifts for distribution to children across south Hampshire via partners such as the city council children services’ teams in Southampton and Portsmouth, respite homes, refuges, faith groups and the young carers’ charity, Honeypot.

Belmore Lodge residents Brenda Close, left, and Linda Fudge, with some of the gifts gathered from our New Forest homes for Chocolate Elf Hampshire.

Our New Forest homes Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge, Linden House, Woodpeckers and Kingfishers all acted as collection points this year along with Winchester homes Abbotts Barton and St Catherines View.
As he visited Belmore Lodge in Lymington to pick up the New Forest gifts, Chocolate Elf representative Peter Orme said: “Every single donation will transform a child’s day. It’s a humbling experience to see the amount of gifts these amazing care home residents,  staff and contacts have amassed. Along with my fellow volunteers, I can only offer the most enormous gratitude.”
Peter added: “To have increased the number of gifts by so many this year is truly outstanding, even more so when you think of the tough times people are seeing right now with the cost of living. I’m glad I brought the bigger car to collect everything!”

Belmore Lodge residents Brenda Close and Linda Fudge spoke of their reasons for wanting to help.

Brenda said: “I used to work in a women’s refuge as a volunteer and met lots of children who had nothing. Some of the children we’re helping today won’t have any other present this Christmas. This will be their only gift. It’s lovely to do something but help is always needed.”

At Belmore Lodge home in Lymington with New Forest chocolate donations are, from left: Customer Advisors Lynne Thorp, Deborah Davies, Tracy McCallum and Tracy Baker; and Chocolate Elf representative Peter Orme.

Brenda’s thoughts were echoed by Linda who said: “This is a marvellous initiative for Christmas. There are so many children in need and, after all, they didn’t ask to be put in that position.”

The donations will go towards a grand total of more than 5,000 gifts that Chocolate Elf expect to distribute this year.

The gathering of selection boxes and calendars was co-ordinated by the homes’ team of Customer Support Advisors.

Working closely with Home Managers, the advisors act as the first point of contact for prospective residents and relatives, supporting, informing and advising them on all aspects of the journey into care.
Tracy Baker, Customer Support Advisor for Belmore Lodge and Court Lodge, said: “Our residents and their families, and our colleagues and friends in the community, understand the fantastic work that Chocolate Elf does for children in Hampshire and we always want to do our bit to help.

“After we reached out on social media, one lady we know in Brockenhurst dropped off more than 30 calendars from herself and neighbours while another handed in 20.

“Supporting such a worthwhile cause is a further way our residents maintain their community connections.”