Our History

Brendoncare was formed in 1984 by Winchester GP, Sir Ronald Gibson, a champion of the rights of older people. Convinced they were often let down by the institutions that looked after them, he pioneered the idea of tailoring the full range of care to fit the changing needs of individuals - always offering care with discretion and dignity. Today, these principles guide all our work.

Please click here to download a copy of Brendoncare’s Silver Anniversary brochure which details the history and includes many photographs.

The beginnings:


Mrs Phoebe Bacon invited 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 built a nursing wing, so that the residents would not have to move when nursing care became necessary. The house was called Brendon, named after the Brendon Hills in Somerset, and thus Brendoncare was born.

The 1980s:

14th February 1984:

The Brendoncare Foundation was incorporated in London. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother took up the role of Patron.


Brendoncare Woodhayes opened.


Brendoncare The Old Parsonage in Otterbourne opened.
Land at Froxfield, Wiltshire was donated for the building of a new home.


Brendoncare Froxfield was opened in 1987 by the Duchess of Gloucester.

Old Parsonage Court in Otterbourne was completed with 22 flats and bungalows allowing residents to live in their own property across the lawn from the main home.

Nursing household was added to The Old Parsonage and Woodhayes.

The 1990s:


Brendoncare Ronald Gibson House opened in Tooting, London.
Brendoncare Chiltern View near Aylesbury, supporting people living with dementia, was built.


Ron Staker took over as Chief Executive.


Brendoncare Alton opened, offering apartments on the campus of a nursing home.

The 2000s:


Following the sad death of The Queen Mother in March, HRH The Countess of Wessex became our new Patron.


HRH The Countess of Wessex opened the new dementia household and daycare centre at Ronald Gibson House.


Brendoncare Stildon was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex.


Club Hampshire, a charity tackling social isolation among older people by running regular friendship clubs, merged into Brendoncare to create Brendoncare Clubs.


Brendoncare Knightwood in Chandlers Ford was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex.
The club model was extended with the start of Club Dorset and Club Bournemouth & Poole.


The number of Brendoncare homes rose to 10 through two mergers; first with Brendon Nursing Trust (now known as Brendoncare Park Road), and later with Meadway, another Phoebe Bacon home also in Winchester.



Brendoncare celebrated 30 years of supporting older people across the South.

Carole Sawyers took over as Chief Executive.


The number of Brendoncare clubs reached 80.

Brendoncare Clubs launched a range of weekend clubs, as loneliness extends beyond Monday to Friday.


The Countess of Wessex officially opened Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill.

Brendoncare celebrates its 35th birthday.

The future:

Brendoncare continues to invest in innovative ways to support older people. Please see our Future Plans page for our latest development.