Songs, cake sales and teddy bear games were among the fun as Colten Care homes did their bit for Children in Need.
Residents and staff at homes in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Sussex overcame the challenges of Covid-related restrictions to continue their long-standing tradition of supporting the BBC’s annual fundraising appeal.
At Bourne View in Poole, members of the Companionship Team entertained residents by performing songs from musicals along with pop and jazz hits made famous by stars such as Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Junior.
And the team also organised an in-house raffle and games inviting residents to guess the name of a teddy bear and how many chocolate bears were in a jar.
Bourne View resident Helen Morris said. “We’ve had a lovely time and it’s been so nice listening to the singing. I like the fact that all this fundraising goes directly to children who need help and support.”
Dressed as official appeal mascot Pudsey Bear, Companionship Team Leader Karen Grant A’ Court said: “Children in Need is always a great chance for residents and colleagues to dress up, enjoy themselves and join in to support a worthy cause.”
Among the other 20 Colten Care homes, staff at the Winchester dementia care home St Catherines View dressed up in Pudsey onesies and held a cake sale and duck race.
At Colten’s other Winchester home Abbotts Barton, Home Manager Dee Lovewell agreed to be socked with sponges thrown by colleagues and residents, while another member of staff did a sponsored silence.