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IN THE NEWS: Doting on dads as care homes celebrate Father’s Day


Kingfishers resident Bill Newenham

Dads living at Colten Care’s 21 care homes across the south were treated to some extra special attention on Father’s Day.

Beers, chocolates, goodie bags and their own choice of film viewing brought cheer all round, topped only by welcoming loved ones in for precious time together.  

Family members were able to visit at all homes throughout the day under Covid guidance, creating many opportunities for conversations and gift opening.

At the twice Outstanding-rated Kingfishers in New Milton, Hampshire, there were picnics in the garden and a bridge tournament.

Resident Bill Newenham, who enjoyed a picnic and glass of wine with his son and other relatives, said: “I had a lovely time, well spent with my family. I'm a very lucky man.”

Kingfishers’ Companionship Team Leader Rose Arcellana said: “We asked the dads what they wanted to do. In the afternoon we watched the Queen's tennis final followed by football and we finished off the day with a glass of shandy to say cheers to all fathers around the globe. The day was all about them.”

Staff at Colten’s Outstanding-rated Brockenhurst home, Woodpeckers, gave out goodie bags to dads among the residents and invited them to select a film to watch on the big screen. The choice was the 1944 Judy Garland musical comedy Meet Me in St Louis.  

Resident Frank Coumbe said: “I had a wonderful Father’s Day, seeing my number one daughter Sue and enjoying the goodie bag which was an unexpected gift.”

Likewise, fellow resident Peter Sheath said: “It was lovely as always to see my two children Marissa and Mario, but especially on Father’s Day. And I was most surprised and delighted in the afternoon to get this lovely treat bag from all at Woodpeckers.”

Woodpeckers’ Companionship Team Leader Jane Bunker said: “Father’s Day is a special day for families everywhere, and especially so after a year in which face-to-face contact with loved ones has been made challenging because of lockdown.”