Care home efforts raise £1,100 for Dorset cancer charity

A QUIZ night, gala lunches and games afternoons were among fundraisers that saw a Poole care home raise more than £1,100 for a Dorset cancer charity.

In recent months, residents and staff at Colten Care’s Bourne View have been raising money for the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF).

And after a recent party in the Sandbanks sitting room of the Langside Avenue home, DCCF representatives were presented with a giant cheque to mark the culmination of a year of activity involving residents, families, team members, friends and community contacts.

The exact amount raised, £1,142.95, was also spelt out in meringue piped icing on a fruit cake specially baked for the occasion by Colten Care chefs and sisters Lorna Parsons and Annabell Bryer.

Party guest Irene Whyment, who lives at the home, said: “Everyone has got on board with supporting this most worthy cause and helping local families. The money is definitely going somewhere it’s needed.”

Irene’s comments were echoed by fellow Bourne View resident John Broomfield.

“Our events have been excellent and very enjoyable and we’ve had a lot of fun,” he said.

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To help the appeal, residents went hands-on at a number of events, making decorations for a gala, making up goodie bags and helping count the number of chocolate eggs in a jar for a guessing game.

DCCF representatives at the party included trustee Di Bird and fundraising manager, Jannine Loveys.

Di said: “We are so grateful to the residents for very kindly choosing us as their main charity to support in the past year.

“Our aim is to raise money in Dorset for people facing often extreme financial hardship because of cancer and we rely on donations.

“Our support helps in a whole range of ways. It goes towards the costs of expenses such as transportation, childcare, home modifications, respite care, general household bills and specialised treatment, always with the endorsement of qualified practitioners.

“We are the only charity of our kind in Dorset in that we focus on financial help for people living with cancer. So far, we have raised more than £700,000, helping around 800 individuals.”

Gemma Parkin, Bourne View home manager, said: “Our residents choose the charities we support and we are proud to have helped DCCF in its vital work this year.”

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