New Forest care home's gift is the 'cat's whiskers'

Animal-loving residents at Colten Care's Court Lodge supporting work of the Lymington Cat & Kitten Rescue

Animal-loving residents of Colten Care’s Court Lodge presented Lymington Cat & Kitten Rescue with 60 knitted blankets and a cash donation to support its invaluable work this winter.Animal-loving care home residents presented Lymington Cat & Kitten Rescue with 60 knitted blankets and a cash donation to support its invaluable work this winter.

Colten Care’s Court Lodge in Lymington was visited by the charity’s managers Theresa Foot and Jon Hancock, along with two kittens who will be re-homed in time for Christmas.

Residents enjoyed petting the kittens and talking about their own pet cats. Doris Farrow nicknamed one of the kittens ‘Socks’ because of its white paws. She said: “I have had lots of cats in my lifetime. It’s wonderful to sit with a beautifully soft little kitten purring on your lap. I’ve enjoyed this immensely.”

Court Lodge resident Doris Farrow, seen here with Jon Hancock, nicknamed one of rescued kittens ‘Socks’ because of its white paws.Michael Pemberton lives in one of the cottages in the Court Lodge grounds. He said: “These kittens are certainly adorable. I have a cat which came from Lymington Cat & Kitten Rescue and it is wonderful company for me.”

Court Lodge chose the rescue centre as its charity of the year for 2019 and presented Theresa and Jon with a cheque for £343 which it has raised through raffles, parties and cake sales.

The home’s companionship team also handed over 60 knitted blankets to keep the cats and kittens warm this winter.

The new manager of Court Lodge Tom Holden said: “Our residents adore animals of all kinds and it’s been wonderful to welcome Jon, Theresa and the kittens today. “One of our companionship team members Marilyn Tucker-Sandy is a knitting whizz and produced most of the blankets. It’s great to know we are contributing to the welfare of so many needy animals.”

Michael Pemberton lives in one of the cottages in the Court Lodge grounds and was one of many residents who enjoyed a visit from Lymington Cat & Kitten Rescue.Marilyn said: “I enjoy knitting and the blankets are a basic stocking stitch so I was able to knit them while watching TV in the evenings. I also had some help from one of our residents, Rose Joyce.”

Lymington Cat & Kitten Rescue was established in 1980 by Janette Frankland, to take in strays, unwanted cats and kittens and to rehome them whenever possible.

Janette sadly died of cancer in July 2017, but the charity continues to house and rehome up to 50 cats at a time, from its base in Highfield Avenue.

Jon Hancock told the residents: “The love, affection and support Court Lodge has shown our charity is wonderful. You always make us feel so welcome and we are grateful to you all from the bottom of our hearts.”

Colten Care's Court Lodge offers a haven of quiet seclusion in a leafy residential area near to Woodside Gardens. The home is a comfortable walk from the bustling heart of Lymington, ideal for those cherishing the spirit of independence. Carefully modernised from a private residence, this luxurious residential and nursing home offers peace and informality with a distinctly welcoming and homely feel, while remaining easily accessible and family friendly.


Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes

2019 Winter 4for3 offer at Colten CareColten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

If you know someone who would benefit from companionship, we'll be sharing more details about 'Tea and Togetherness' with Colten Care in the new year. In the meantime, every Wednesday 'Come Dine with Us' at Belmore Lodge - come and join the residents for a sociable lunch (booking essential!). Ladies, on the first Wednesday of each month join the residents at Court Lodge for Ladies' Afternoon Tea and gentlemen, come along to the Gentlemen's Lunch Club, also at Court Lodge.

Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten Care home. During December and January Colten Care have a special offer on short stays - 4 weeks for the price of 3. Find out more about respite care and short stays here.

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