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Winchester Care Homes’ Fete On The Field Raises £1,500 For Disability Charity

Two Winchester care homes joined forces to stage a family-friendly fete and raise £1,500 to help adults with learning disabilities.

Residents and staff from Colten Care’s Abbotts Barton and St Catherines View held the community event on Dyson Drive off Worthy Road.

It was their fourth annual ‘fete on the field’, designed as a joint effort to provide residents and families with a fun experience while raising money for charity.

Among the visitors perusing the craft and gift stalls, sampling Colten Care cakes and taking in the live music was the Mayor of Winchester Angela Clear who also lent her help to announce the prize winners in the raffle.

The fete raised more than £1,450 for the Sutton Scotney-based Boaz Project, a therapeutic work community for adults with learning disabilities.

The project is both homes’ main nominated charity to support this year, with further fundraising events and initiatives planned over the autumn and winter.

Colten Care residents spoke about how much they enjoyed the fun of attending the fete and spending time with friends, family and neighbours.
Rosemary Smale said: “It was a lovely event and the weather held for the afternoon.”

Sheila Thompson said:
“I was so pleased about the money raised for the charity.”

Dee Lovewell, Home Manager of Abbotts Barton, which is just yards from Dyson Drive, said:
“Neighbours told us they were pleased that the field was put to good use and that we had laid on such as inviting event, all in the aid of the Boaz Project.

“We thank the Mayor for attending with such great enthusiasm, joining in with the activities and helping to ensure the raffle prizes were drawn.

“Together we have raised a fantastic amount of money. This will be presented to The Boaz Project, together with all the funds raised by smaller fundraising events throughout the year, towards Christmas.”