LEISURE: Colten Care’s Children in Need extravaganza


A group of New Forest Care homes proved they were in perfect sync after staging a 10-hour music and dance extravaganza for BBC Children in Need.

The outstanding rated Kingfishers care home in Barton-on-Sea hosted residents from Avon Reach, Woodpeckers, Belmore Lodge and Linden House for the danceathon.

Staff and residents dressed for the occasion wearing yellow, the traditional Children in Need colour, as well as some fetching 1980’s inspired outfits. The aim of the danceathon was for at least one person in the home to be dancing at all times.

Colten Care danceathonBeata Brzozowska, Kingfishers Manager, said: “Colten residents love to support Children in Need and they also love anything to do with music and dancing, so it has been an excuse to dress up, donate to a great cause and really enjoy ourselves.”

Miss Brzozowska, who donned a pair of Pudsey Bear slippers for the event, also explained how “Ben Benson-Breen, one of Colten’s Senior Companionship Team managers revealed himself to be a real dancing star”.

The idea of the danceathon was put forward by Sarah Morris, a Kingfishers companionship team member and the playlist and dance sessions were coordinated by Fiona Pritchard, a Kingfishers Music and Arts Partner.

A variety of music was played including country, Latin, disco and 50s music which proved to be a success with residents as a lot of foot tapping, singing and swaying featured throughout.

Kingfishers resident Valerie Collinge said: “It’s been a fun day and it’s lovely to know we are also collecting money for Children in Need, which is a great cause.”

Fiona Pritchard said: “Dancing and music are universally loved and provoke real joy in people – and we have definitely seen joy on the faces of our residents today.”


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