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