Sun shines for royal visit to Otterbourne

Sun shines for royal visit to Otterbourne

We recently celebrated royally on Wednesday (9 November) with a visit by the charity’s patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO. The Countess marked the official start of construction of Brendoncare’s new development to support older people at Otterbourne Hill in Hampshire.

Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill will be built to provide a range of services with the right level of support for each person. The 64 bedroom care home will offer nursing and dementia care in small, family-feel households, designed to stimulate and enable individuals. There will also be 20 one and two bedroom apartments specifically for couples facing the challenges of dementia, allowing partners to continue to care for one another with full access to care, support and respite services when needed. Lastly there will be a community hub for activities, information and resources. Open not only to residents on the site, but also to support the local community, the hub will include a restaurant, library, hairdresser, dementia-friendly clubs and a winter garden. Outside, amongst the landscaped grounds will be a bowling green for gentle exercise and enjoyment.

Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill will be the first time in the UK that all these services have been brought together under one roof, providing care for individuals and their families when required, as well as supporting the local community.

The Countess, who has described Otterbourne Hill as an “exciting and transformational model”, officially marked the breaking of ground at the site and discussed the plans for the development with Mr Joe MacHale, Chairman of The Brendoncare Foundation, and Mr Mike Balcombe, Site Manager for Stepnell. The Countess then travelled on to Brendoncare’s care home development, Knightwood, in nearby Chandlers Ford, where she chatted with residents, relatives, staff and volunteers from several Brendoncare services and clubs.

Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive of Brendoncare, said “We are thrilled to welcome The Countess of Wessex to Otterbourne Hill and grateful for her support for this innovative and much-needed service. The Countess was very generous with her time, which she spent talking to residents, volunteers and staff and we hope to welcome her back for the opening of Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill.”

Otterbourne Hill is a £14.4 million development, £10.4 of which has been financed by a loan from Barclays bank. The charity needs to raise the remaining funds and is keen to talk to individuals or organisations who may be interested in supporting this leading-edge development.

Ian Corben, Barclays Relationship Director, said “I’m pleased to have been able to support the Brendoncare Foundation with the funding to build a specialist care home at Otterbourne Hill. The addition of the new home and independent living apartments recognises the local market requirement, plus the creation of a number of new jobs in the Hampshire area. Barclays is committed to using our industry expertise within the healthcare sector to support experienced and professional operators such as this which is vital to a prosperous local economy.”

Brendoncare has appointed specialist construction firm Stepnell as builders for this project. “Stepnell has leading expertise in the design and construction of high-quality care facilities which enable people to live life to the full, and as independently as possible,” said Rob Speirs, Stepnell regional director. “We are therefore delighted to be working with Brendoncare on this ground-breaking nursing and dementia care centre which will significantly improve the quality of life for older and vulnerable people in the area.”

More information about Otterbourne Hill can be found by clicking here or by telephoning 01962 852133.

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