Brendoncare marks its 30th Anniversary with a new appeal and celebrations

Brendoncare marks its 30th Anniversary with a new appeal and celebrations

Leading Hampshire-based care charity for older people, Brendoncare, celebrated its 30th Anniversary on 14th February 2014 and has launched a year-long fundraising campaign to raise at least £30,000. The money raised from the campaign will go towards enhancing club activities and providing digital improvements in care centres such as offering Wifi. ‘Let’s Do 30!’ is all about doing 30 ‘somethings’ in support of the appeal. For example, you could choose to run 30 miles, sing 30 songs, eat 30 hot dogs, tell 30 jokes, bake 30 cakes, host a party for 30 people or paint 30 pictures all in support of Brendoncare!

The money raised from the campaign will go towards enhancing club activities and providing digital improvements in care centres such as offering Wifi.

‘Let’s Do 30!’ is all about doing 30 ‘somethings’ in support of the appeal.  For example, you could choose to run 30 miles, sing 30 songs, eat 30 hot dogs, tell 30 jokes, bake 30 cakes, host a party for 30 people or paint 30 pictures all in support of Brendoncare!

Chief Executive of Brendoncare Ron Staker commented: “Our 30th anniversary is an opportunity for us to reflect on what is really important to older people in 2014. Digital inclusion plays a significant part in the wider problem of older people being socially excluded.  People no longer send letters and photographs to keep in touch with their loved ones - the world has moved online and using applications like Skype is something we do everyday. The money raised from the appeal will enable us to install wifi in all our care homes, purchase laptops and IT equipment and train residents to use the equipment so they can keep in touch with their friends, children and grandchildren, improving their quality of life.”

He continued: “Our club members are becoming increasingly more adventurous with a real demand for more exciting activities within their club sessions – table tennis, kurling, regular outings and wii sports. Again the additional funds raised will help us to ensure we are able to provide our club members with activities they want and enjoy.”

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary, many of the clubs and all of the care centres will be holding celebratory parties and events to raise money and have fun too.

History of Brendoncare

Brendoncare was formed in 1984 by Sir Ronald Gibson, the eminent Winchester GP, who wished for a day when older people would be treated with dignity and respect, and believed that they should never have to move to receive the care that they may need despite failing health or mobility. Mrs Phoebe Bacon had taken ageing friends to live with her in her home in Winchester so that they could continue to enjoy companionship and look after each other. As time went by and some of the friends needed more help Mrs Bacon’s niece, Sue Everitt, and Sir Ronald Gibson put their energies into having a nursing wing built so that the residents would not have to move when nursing care became necessary. The house was called Brendon, and this was the birth of Brendoncare.

Today the charity runs 10 residential and nursing care centres for older people across the south including five in Hampshire – The Old Parsonage, Park Road and Meadway in Winchester, Knightwood in Chandlers Ford and Brendoncare Alton.

In 2007 the Brendoncare Clubs division was formed when Club Hampshire, a charity tackling social isolation among older people by running regular friendship clubs, merged into Brendoncare.

Care homes Chandlers Ford & Care Homes Southampton 

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