40th anniversary - Brendoncare

40 Years of Caring

Brendoncare began 40 years ago with the principle that older people deserved better. Our founding belief remains true today.


Brendoncare turns 40

In the 1950s, recently widowed Phoebe Bacon invited ageing friends to live with her at Brendon, a family home she had bought and converted to accommodate them.

Inspired by her vision, the Brendoncare Foundation was established by Winchester GP, Sir Ronald Gibson on 14th February 1984.

Our founders believed older people should not have to move if their health declined and they needed nursing care. Instead, they pioneered the concept of tailoring care in the same location to fit people’s changing needs.

In addition to our care home services, to further empower older people to live well, Brendoncare later expanded, providing access to community clubs, online and telephone support.
Today, these principles and ethos still guide our work.

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Charity Single

To mark our 40th anniversary on 14th February, we are really excited to share with you a heart-warming video of residents, volunteers and colleagues singing their cover version of Stevie Wonder’s classic song I Just Called to Say I Love You.

We all thought this was such a suitable song to sing to celebrate Valentine’s Day as well as our anniversary.

To us, the lyrics of this song totally sum up what Brendoncare does every day in helping to improve the lives of older people.

This is a very special project, a first for Brendoncare, which was so much fun for all those involved. You can watch it below or by clicking here.

If you enjoy it as much as we do, we would be really happy if you would make a donation to help us carry on our vital work.

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I Just Called To Say I Love You 40th Anniversary charity single conver

40 Faces of Brendoncare

As part of Brendoncare’s 40th anniversary celebrations, we shall be sharing with you the stories of 40 people. These are people who embody our ideals, have made an impact or whose stories we really wanted to tell you.

We hope you find them inspiring and uplifting – a testimony to the huge contribution they have made in the Brendoncare story.

Phoebe Bacon

In the first of our 40 Faces of Brendoncare, we would like to introduce you to Mrs Phoebe Bacon. Her unique concept of care of older people inspired the vision for Brendoncare. Here is her story.

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Sir Ronald Gibson

Today is Brendoncare’s 40th anniversary. To mark this important milestone in our history, we celebrate our founder Sir Ronald Gibson in our 40 Faces of Brendoncare. He is the Winchester GP who established the Brendoncare Foundation on 14th February 1984. You can read his story here.

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Emma Digance

To celebrate International Women’s Day, our 40 Faces of Brendoncare is Emma Digance, our Director of Brand & Customer Experience, who maintains a happy work-life balance in her role with us and as a busy mum. Read her story here.

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May Morris

To celebrate Mother’s Day, let us introduce you to 106-year-old May Morris, a resident at Brendoncare Knightwood Mews, to whom families mean so much. Read more about our marvellous May here.

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Roger and Sheila Wiltshire

Roger and Sheila Wiltshire are both active members of our Andover community clubs. They wanted to share their story as to how Brendoncare changed their lives. You can read their heart-warming story here.

Dr Alex Ward

Dr Alex Ward is a regular and very welcome visitor to Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill where he is the GP lead. To celebrate World Health Day on 7th April, Dr Ward tells us all about his close and happy relationship with the care home which you can read here.

Janet Budd

Janet Budd is one of Brendoncare’s Vice Patrons who worked for one of the trusts which was a forerunner to our charity. She has seen Brendoncare grow and thrive since then. You can read her story here.

Debbie Smith

To celebrate International Nurses Day on Sunday 12th May, our 40 Faces of Brendoncare is Debbie Smith, who started her career as a Brendoncare carer and returned later to be a nurse at Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill. Read her inspiring story here.

[Brendoncare] has given me the ability to find again the person I was, to come through bereavement, multiple long term medical conditions and now to again enjoy life, and the companionship of others.

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