Sharing the birthday joy: Dovehaven commemorates 40th birthday with 40 Acts of Kindness

Dovehaven Care Homes has carried out 40 Acts of Kindness to commemorate 40 years of care excellence. Across our network of 21 Care Homes around the North West of England, the Dovehaven team have carried out 40 random acts of kindness to celebrate 40 years of the business and say thank you to all the local communities and businesses who have helped us along the way.

Throughout October, the care staff and residents in Dovehaven Care Homes have been carrying out special acts of kindness, that have then been recorded on social media. We set out to perform 40 Acts of Kindness, but our team have exceeded expectations with the final ‘Kindness Counter’ recording 46 acts of kindness carried out throughout the month.

The acts of kindness came in all shapes and sizes and were carried out by both team members, senior leaders and residents. Some acts of kindness included collecting hampers for local charities and food banks, doing a litter pick, donating clothes to homeless shelters, and gifting chocolates and flowers to friends and relatives that visited the homes.

Older man holding a box of chocolates he shared as one of the 40 acts of kindness staff from Dovehaven head office delivering hampers to local charities as one of the 40 acts of kindness A group of care staff holding flowers they were gifted as one of the 40 acts of kindness

As well as acts of kindness, we’ve hosted a range of exciting events during their birthday celebration month. Residents and staff were invited every Friday during October to join a special video call, where events such as birthday bingo and a virtual cocktail party took place.

We opened our first care home, Dovehaven Residential Home in 1983 and since then the business has grown to more than 20 Care Homes around the North West. We offer a wide variety of elderly care including dementia, residential, and complex health care.

Dovehaven’s birthday celebrations come at a time of transformation and growth for the company. New home acquisitions will see us grow even further in the coming months.

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Sip, Sip, Hurray! Dovehaven’s virtual cocktail party

Whoever said Care homes are no fun, clearly hasn’t been to a Dovehaven virtual cocktail party! On Friday afternoon, we hosted the 3rd of Dovehaven’s big birthday celebrations. Residents, members of the care team and support staff from head office met online via video call to throw a virtual cocktail party. And in true Dovehaven fashion, it was a hoot!

A dovehaven activity coordinator showcasing their extravagant cocktail bar ready for the dovehaven virtual birthday cocktail party.A display of cocktail glasses, fruit and alcohol bottles ready for the Dovehaven virtual birthday cocktail partyA display of cocktail glasses, fruit and alcohol bottles ready for the Dovehaven virtual birthday cocktail party









Each home had been asked to come prepared with one original cocktail or mocktail that embodied the Dovehaven spirit. And oh boy did our team get involved with this one! An emphasis on spirit must be heavily stressed here. The team and residents from the twelve homes that took part in the call, had all prepared at least 2 cocktails and mocktails each. Many of the homes had even put together cocktail displays, with extravagant designs, unique posters and decorations.


For a variety of different reasons some of our care homes have a zero-alcohol policy and in this case the teams were tasked to create delicious mocktails for their residents. However, many of our homes and our residents are not afraid of a little tipple now and again, and in these cases the spirits were high on Friday. As the name suggests, ‘The Brunswick Floor Diver’ which contained vodka, Bacardi and sparkling wine, was a particularly potent brew. The team at the Brunswick Care Home had reassured the judges that this cocktail had been thoroughly tested and enjoyed by many of the residents throughout the week.



Alcohol content was not the only measure of success for the cocktails on Friday. The judges were also giving out points for theatricality and extravagance. On the video call, we saw some great contributions to this category from the likes of Hope House, with their Halloween themed birthday cocktail called ‘The Alchemist’ which was served bubbling and erupting with fog. Another honourable mention came from Dovehaven Lodge, who had fully committed to the birthday theme, completing their cocktail with a lit candle!


Dietary requirements

A special mention must be made to the team at Pennine View. Not only did they make a separate cocktail and mocktail for residents to enjoy. But they went one step further, to ensure that their cocktail was not only delicious, but also nutritious. Pennine’s Blue Banana cocktail was fortified with double cream for added calories. This is especially important for residents with dietary requirements that mean they need to consume more calorific foods in their meals and drinks. Everybody was so touched to hear that the team at Pennine had not only considered fun and flavour in their cocktail, but also the specific needs of their residents.

Read more about how we care for residents with specialist health care requirements


After a tough round of deliberation, the softies in the corporate development team couldn’t help but give all participating homes an award each for their fantastic effort and real commitment to make this week’s party something really special for our residents.

The judges scores are in:

Brooklands Winners of the ‘Visual Merchandising Award’ what an excellent display of wonderful cocktails. We loved the care taken to present your drinks.

Church View Winners of the ‘Dovehaven Recognition Award’ for the ‘Gilberts Gamble Tequila rose’ and the ‘Dodgy Damo’

Marsh House Winners of the ‘Sugar Rush Award’ you can never have too much sugar!

Pennine View Winners of the ‘Inclusivity Award’ making sure there was a cocktail for everyone in the home, and a few calories extra!

Hope House Winners of the ‘Wow factor Award’ the Hope House Alchemy had to be seen to be believed

Paradise House Winners of ‘Spirit of the Home Award’ everyone has tried it and everyone has loved it!!

The Brunswick Winners of the ‘Potency Award’ nothing stronger being served on Lord Street

Dean Wood Manor Winners of the ‘Most Considered Cocktail’ Award – we loved the addition of ‘kindness’ to your cocktail!

Westcliffe Winners of the ‘Upmarket Award’ served from a drinks trolley and looked was definitely ‘shaken not stirred’.

Dovehaven Lodge Winners of the ‘Celebratory Award, thanks for recognising the 40th birthday, even with a candle on the top!

Millbrook Winners of the ‘Style’ Award served by a cocktail waiter who looks fresh out of Raffles!

Maple Lodge Winners of the ‘Disconnected but there in Spirit Award’


Thank you to all of the residents and care team for taking part in Dovehaven’s big birthday virtual cocktail party. It was so wonderful to see everybody enjoying themselves. The cocktails and mocktails certainly went down a treat with everybody!

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Celebrating 40 years of Dovehaven

Dovehaven Care Homes is excited to celebrate our 40th anniversary, marking four decades of dedicated service to elderly residents and their families. Throughout the month of October, Dovehaven is hosting a wide range of events for staff and residents to celebrate our ruby anniversary.

As the leading care provider in the North-West, Celebrating 40 years of Dovehaven offers us as a company, the chance for the team and residents, to celebrate and commemorate the company’s growth and ever-committed dedication to excellent care across the region.

“We have an amazing team at Dovehaven. We’ve built that team up over a number of years and we’re very proud of them and very proud of the care that they deliver” founder and owner Mark Gilbert said.

Founders and owners Mark and Wendi Gilbert began Dovehaven Care Homes in 1983, when they opened Dovehaven Residential Home in Southport. Since then, the company has grown to over 20 care homes strong across the North-West, providing residential, nursing, dementia and specialist health care. While the month of October is a chance for the Dovehaven team and residents to celebrate Dovehaven’s remarkable milestone, the Gilbert Family want to take the opportunity give back and to say thank you to all of the individuals, families and local businesses that have helped and supported Dovehaven over the past forty years.

“To every member of staff, every helper, every family member. A huge thank you to them all” founder and owner Wendi Gilbert said.

Mark and Wendi Gilbert stand shoulder to shoulder outside Dovehaven Residential Home, where they began the Dovehaven Family 40 years ago.
Mark and Wendi Gilbert outside Dovehaven Residential Home, where they began the Dovehaven Family 40 years ago.
A large Victorian red brick building, with a conservatory. The grounds of the care home are surrounded by big tress and lush green grass
Dovehaven Residential Home in Southport








CEO Jenny Davies writes:

“I am extremely proud to lead the Dovehaven business, a business that has quality and care at the centre of everything we do. To work with owners and colleagues who have worked tirelessly to improve elderly care provision in the North West is an honour. Whilst we are taking this opportunity to celebrate our 40 years of history, we are also focused on building a positive future for Dovehaven; continuing to foster an environment where people are proud to work, and a high quality of care for all our residents is at the heart of what we do. Here’s to the next 40 years and beyond.”

Dovehaven Care Homes is committed to delivering excellent and tailored care to each and everyone of their residents and has achieved remarkable success, consistently earning “Good” ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). has recognized Dovehaven as one of the top 20 care home groups in the UK, with consistent ratings of 9.5 and above across its network. Dovehaven was founded on and continues to operate through their guiding principles of passion, kindness, integrity and inclusivity.

40 Acts of Kindness

To aid in celebrating 40 years of Dovehaven we have committed as a company to carrying out forty acts of kindness throughout the month of October. These good deeds will come in all shapes and sizes, and will be documented on Dovehaven’s social media, including our Instagram account. Some of these acts may also be delivered throughout the community, and we invite anyone who discovers an act of kindness to document it online, using the hashtag #Dovehaven40.

To celebrate our 40th birthday, Dovehaven has a jam-packed month of events planned. Every Friday in October, the care team, residents and support team of Dovehaven’s care homes will be connecting via video call to join together in celebration and take part in a variety of events, including Bonanza Birthday Bingo and a virtual cocktail party. As well as the Friday events, Dovehaven’s homes will be all be decorating their front doors, complete with a special 40th birthday wreath.

We encourage everyone to keep their eyes peeled for the best dressed front doors, as you travel around Dovehaven’s homes.

Dovehaven’s Big Birthday Bingo Bonanza

Eyes Down, Look in!

Team members and residents from across the Dovehaven Family came together on Friday to take part in Dovehaven’s Big Birthday Bingo Bonanza. Via video call, all 21 of Dovehaven’s homes were invited to take part in the online Bingo party. The event was arranged as part of Dovehaven’s 40th birthday celebrations, commemorating the remarkable milestone of four decades of delivering high-quality care to our residents across the North-West.

The Bingo was hosted by our extra special Guest Bingo Caller, CEO Jenny Davies who got stuck in to the bingo spirit. Adorned in a sparkly gold waistcoat, with matching bowtie and stripy top hat, Jenny got the kept the party going for all of our staff and residents, and even knowing all of the Bingo Lingo! Residents could see Jenny as the Bingo Host through a live video feed that was shown on Televisions and Computers where the bingo was taking place.



Residents and the team members from participating homes, enjoyed a fun filled afternoon with over 60 exciting prizes up for grabs. Throughout the games, Residents in each of our homes had the chance to win up to three prizes, including chocolates, sweets and a savoury cheese and crackers hamper. Of course, not every home had a winning ticket amongst them, so many homes decided to continue playing into the afternoon, while others have kept the prize hampers to be won at a later date, or to simply be shared out and enjoyed together.

Congratulations to all of our winners, we hope you enjoy your prizes!

Celebrating 40 years of Dovehaven

The Dovehaven Big Birthday Bingo Bonanza is part of the ongoing celebrations, commemorating Dovehaven’s phenomenal milestone of four decades of providing high-quality care services to residents across the North-West. Follow along with our Birthday Celebrations over on our Social Media.

Future events in the celebrations will include a Best Dressed Door competition, 40 Acts of Kindness and a special announcement from the owners and founders, Mark and Wendi Gilbert. Earlier in the month, Mark and Wendi released a video, thanking staff members, residents, families and local businesses for their support of the company over the past 40 years. Watch Mark and Wendi’s thank you video.


Written by Chris Williams

Creative Manager @ Dovehaven Care Homes