Kevin Painter and Chris Millen Bring Darts Magic to Foxearth Lodge

Foxearth Lodge Care Home in Woodbridge Suffolk is delighted to share the story of resident Derek and his memorable experiences with former professional darts player, Kevin Painter. 



A life-long fan


Derek, who moved into Foxearth Lodge on September 3, 2022, has always had a passion for darts. He played at a county level. During a conversation with Sarah from the activities team, Derek shared his enthusiasm for watching darts on TV and mentioned his favourite player, Kevin Painter. Derek was unaware of the extraordinary connection that would soon be revealed. 

Unknown to Derek, the home’s Clinical Lead Jayne is Kevin Painter’s partner. Kevin, renowned for winning the Players Championship Final in 2011 and competing in the legendary 2004 World Championship final against Phil Taylor, was more than happy to make Derek’s dreams come true. 


Dreams coming true


Initially, Kevin signed a photograph for Derek. This brought him immense joy. Later, during the World Senior Darts Tour, several darts legends signed a program for him. 

The most exciting moment came when Kevin managed to visit Foxearth Lodge and meet Derek in person. Derek was thrilled with the visit, and his happiness reached new heights when Kevin surprised him with a FaceTime call on his 80th birthday. Derek’s daughter, Catherine, expressed her gratitude, saying, “It was amazing that Kevin Painter took time out to call Dad on his birthday. His visits and signed photo mean so much to him as a former team member of the Bedfield Crow team.” 

Jayne reflected on the experience, “It was lovely to play a small part in making Derek’s 80th birthday special.” The activities team echoed this sentiment, noting how touched Derek was by the video call, with tears of joy in his eyes. 



A thoughtful gift


In addition to these heartfelt moments, Foxearth Lodge is proud to announce the donation of a ‘Flexiboard’ by Chris ‘Thrasher’ Millen. This specially designed board allows individuals who cannot stand to play darts from a seated position, promoting inclusivity for all abilities. Chris, who faces his own health challenges, is dedicated to ensuring every darts academy in the country has a Flexiboard. Thanks to his generosity, Foxearth Lodge is now the first care home equipped with this innovative board. 

Foxearth Lodge is committed to enhancing the lives of our residents through meaningful activities and experiences. Healthcare Homes and the team at Foxearth Lodge are incredibly grateful to Kevin Painter and Chris Millen for their contributions, which have significantly enriched Derek’s life and the community at the home. 


More about Foxearth Lodge and Healthcare Homes


Foxearth Lodge


Foxearth Lodge provides nursing, residential, respite and dementia care to residents within the area of Saxtead in Suffolk. The home can also provide care for younger people with physical disabilities.

For more information on how to support Foxearth Lodge, or to arrange a visit, please contact Healthcare Homes at 01728 448322.


Healthcare Homes


Healthcare Homes Group is the parent company of Foxearth Lodge. Additionally, it is a respected name in the care home industry. With a portfolio of 48 care homes as well as domiciliary and Live-in care services. Healthcare Homes consistently ranks among the top care home providers.

For further details on our care homeshome carelive-in carespecialist care, or recruitment opportunities, please visit our main website or reach out to our helpful advisors at 01206 646646

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