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Brendoncare Alton receives a royal visit

Hampshire-based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, welcomed their patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO to Brendoncare Alton, on Thursday 3rd October, where she unveiled a plaque to mark our 35th birthday.

The Brendoncare Foundation was founded in 1984 by Sir Ronald Gibson, a Winchester GP who was committed to improving the lives of older people. Since those humble beginnings, Brendoncare has continued to support older people’s needs and is passionate about providing a positive ageing experience, now for over 2,000 people across the South of England.

Brendoncare provides ten care homes, five housing with care services, and two hubs for local communities across the south of England. Brendoncare has also developed 95 friendship and wellbeing clubs across Hampshire and Dorset.

Brendoncare Alton is the largest of Brendoncare’s homes, providing nursing, dementia and respite care for 80 people in the care home. On the same site is Mary Rose Mews, a Brendoncare housing with care community, providing homes for 46 households, enabling residents to live independently in their own home, knowing that care and support is available whenever it is needed.

The Countess was welcomed at Brendoncare Alton by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson and Mrs Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive of The Brendoncare Foundation.

The Countess visited some of the care home households where she chatted with residents, their families and staff. She joined in with craft activities, experienced the interactive sensory table and reminisced with residents over tea. She also met children from the Enchanted Nursery, and pupils from Anstey Junior School and Eggars Secondary School.

The Countess was introduced to supporters, community partners, trustees and vice patrons of Brendoncare. Addressing staff she commented, “All the families are so grateful for all the work Brendoncare does 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year caring for their loved ones so wonderfully.’ 

Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive of Brendoncare, said “We were delighted to welcome Our Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex to Alton during our 35th birthday year. We are so grateful for the time and support she continues to give to Brendoncare.”