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Lymington RNLI welcomes fundraising boost from care home residents

Colten Care's Belmore Lodge presents cheque to Lymington RNLI 

The party from Colten Care's Belmore Lodge care home at the Lymington RNLI lifeboat station, from left: Mary Bates, Hilda Snelling, Maureen Marks and Janette Banks. Behind Maureen is Lifeboat Station Operations Manager Nick HaywardSaving lives at sea was the theme of the day as RNLI fundraisers from a Hampshire care home visited their local lifeboat station. Four residents of Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge in Lymington took a minibus trip across town to meet some of the 21 volunteers whose vital work they support. 

The hosts explained how the Lymington crew has responded to more than 110 callouts in the past two years, with an official ‘pager alert to launch’ target of just six minutes.

Recent emergencies in the Solent have included a search for a missing person in Freshwater Bay off the Isle of Wight and a fire on board a ferry.

After inspecting the station’s inshore lifeboat, named David Bradley in honour of a previous donor, the visitors presented a cheque for £207.63.

It follows a series of fundraising tea parties and other events at Belmore Lodge in which residents have made and sold crafts, gift items and decorative chocolates and biscuits.

Belmore Lodge care home resident Janette Banks presents the cheque to Nick Hayward, Lifeboat Station Operations Manager at RNLI LymingtonResident Janette Banks, who was born on the Isle of Wight, said: “The RNLI is a very important organisation that relies totally on donations. We decided we wanted to support it because all of us have chosen to settle here in Lymington which has such a strong sailing community.”

Lifeboat Station Operations Manager Nick Hayward, who has been involved with the RNLI for 38 years, 31 of them as a crew member, said the Belmore Lodge donation would go towards general running costs such as fuel and uniforms.

He said: “We rely completely on the kindness of supporters such as the wonderful residents at Belmore Lodge. Without voluntary donations, we simply wouldn’t have any funding. Every penny helps.”

Colten Care enables residents at all 20 of its homes to raise money for charities and good causes they wish to support. As well as benefiting these organisations, the policy helps residents retain community links and make new friendships. The main charity for Belmore Lodge for the rest of this year is the children’s hospice care provider Naomi House & Jacksplace.


Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes

Colten 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...

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With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 20 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Colten Care is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. Colten Care is also committed to raising money for charitable causes. In the past year, residents and team members have raised more than £40,000 for charity.