Colten Care & The Coates Centre join forces
A New Forest care home staged a 75-mile static bike ride to raise funds for a neighbouring day centre - and one of the first ‘in the saddle’ was 87-year-old resident Phyllis Wallbanke. Phyllis, some of her fellow residents and staff at Colten Care’s Court Lodge pedalled to raise money for The Coates Centre. Operated by Oakhaven Hospice and situated in its grounds The Coates Centre offers free support, information and activities for those whose lives have been impacted by illness or bereavement. Court Lodge’s volunteer riders cycled the equivalent distance of the 75-mile boundary covered by The Coates Centre. Phyllis, who managed just short of a mile, said: “It’s a while since I rode one but I used to like riding my bike. “It’s great exercise and this is for a really great cause.” Court Lodge held the fundraiser as part of its Winter Wellbeing campaign which it is running in partnership with Oakhaven Hospice and The Coates Centre to help people in the community banish the winter blues and celebrate healthy living. Free-of-charge activities and events are taking place throughout the winter months - some at Court Lodge, some at The Coates Centre - including exercise sessions, talks, healthy eating demos and other get-togethers.
Why people do crazy things for us?
Our families and supporters are often overwhelmed with the quality of our care and services and feel they want to go out and do things to raise money for us; frequently current patients feel and do the same. This video about our 2017 Santa Dash encapsulates all of those feelings and emotions. Video by two very talented gentlemen Adam Lynk (www.adamlynk.com) and Paul Wood (www.woodcom.co.uk).
Bereavement Cookery classes
Our bereavement cookery classes have captured the imagination to the extent they have twice featured on local TV including ‘BBC Look South’; this super video from ‘That’s TV Solent’ captures what happens and what our cookery students get from the course.