Charities Thank New Forest Care Home for Staging ‘Happy Hoedown’

Two New Forest charities have thanked a New Milton care home for staging a country and western-themed fundraising party.

Residents and team members at Colten Care’s Kingfishers donned cowboy hats, jeans, bandanas and checked tops to say a side-slapping ‘yee haw’ to guests.

The ‘happy hoedown’, which featured a barbecue, dancing and live music from duo Sweet Harmony, was in aid of Lymington-based hospice charity Oakhaven and the inclusive New Forest cycling group PedAll.


A total of £461.50 was raised through donations at the event, split evenly between the two organisations.

Thanking Kingfishers residents and staff, Oakhaven representative Stella Foster said: “You have raised an amazing amount which will benefit the community.”

And Gareth Jones who attended on behalf of PedAll said:
“Thank you very much, this amount will go toward the upkeep and repair of the bikes.”


Rose Arcellana, Companionship Team Leader at the Outstanding-rated home, said:
“Our residents really love country music and were only too pleased to have fun and help raise money for two great causes at the same time. The whole event went down really well – it was truly a happy hoedown.”

Among the Kingfishers residents who went to the party were Pam Brown and Joyce Ponsonby.
Pam said:

“It was a jolly happy party atmosphere and all the staff were fantastic.”
Joyce agreed, adding: “I loved it and it went perfectly well. Well done to all the amazing staff.”



















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