Residents at Colten Care’s Kingfishers in New Milton raised £1,331.10 through a year of events including barbeques, a gala party, a Christmas market and assorted raffles and bake sales.
They chose two local charities to benefit from the money – The Cat & Kitten Rescue Centre in Lymington and HOPe – Helping Older People in the New Forest, with each receiving £665.55.
Kingfishers home manager Beata Brzozowska said: “The residents of Kingfishers are a very sociable and generous group of people and they were keen that all the fun they have had in the past year should also benefit those who really need it – older people who might be living alone and also sick and unwanted animals.
“We were pleased to welcome representatives of both charities to Kingfishers for tea and cakes and a chance to hear about their latest news and projects, before handing over the cheques.”
HOPe is dedicated to supporting older people in the community by helping them to retain their independence safely and with dignity and showing them how to get the most out of life.
Jo Kane, Information and Advice Manager at HOPe said: “We are very grateful for the wonderful donation and support from Kingfishers.
“As a small independent charity, we only work in the New Forest, so donations such as this enable us to continue offering information and advice to older people, including home visits where necessary.”
Lymington Cat & Kitten Rescue was started in 1980 and cares for and rehomes sick and unwanted cats and kittens, catering for anything up to 60 felines at a time.
Jon Hancock, co-manager and honorary treasurer of the charity revealed that Kingfishers will receive a special honour from the rescue centre following its donation:
“We are truly overwhelmed and humbled by everyone’s generosity. We are about to refurbish and extend one of the pens at our rescue centre and we intend to use this wonderful donation to finance the project, which will also be dedicated to Kingfishers.
“It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to forge links with the staff and residents.”