Care home residents take BBC studio tour

Residents and team members from Colten Care at the BBC’s Southampton studios.

Residents from three Colten Care homes were treated to a BBC studio tour as a thank you for raising more than £8,000 for Children in Need.

The Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and Linden House residents watched the final preparations for a South Today news bulletin at BBC Southampton’s studios.

Belmore Lodge resident Bill Marks said: “It was amazing coming in and seeing the changing technology. It’s obviously all moved on from the reel-to-reel tapes I’d normally associate with a studio.”

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Despite using a wheelchair, Bill supported Children in Need by taking part in a sponsored stationary bike ride challenge, completing a mile’s worth of turns using his hands.

“I’m always happy to help children who are disadvantaged as they deserve the best of luck in life,” Bill said.

Colten Care links activities programmes at all 20 of its homes with fundraising for charities chosen by residents.

Colten Care team members also devised a photo caption competition and held a gala ball and auction at Lymington sailing club.

In a personal challenge, Court Lodge activities organiser Julia Puia even endured a sponsored baked bean bath.

Janie Pearman, home manager at Belmore Lodge, said: “Our residents and team members truly value being part of the community and helping worthy causes.

“Once we knew they wanted to support Children in Need, we all got behind it. The studio tour was a great way to recognise what everyone has achieved and we’re so grateful to those at the BBC who helped make it happen.”

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