News for Everyone within Brendoncare www.brendoncare.org.uk Issue 27 Spring 2010
Fabulous facelift for Froxfield
Residents at Froxﬁeld
have newly extended and
refurbished living areas,
thanks to the generosity of
Scion Technical Services, part
of the Mears Group PLC. The
construction team, whose time
and skills were donated free of
charge by Scion, attended an
afternoon tea party at which
residents and staff presented
them with ‘thank you’ gifts.
Froxﬁeld’s Centre Manager Hilary
Harding said: “We are thrilled with
our much-needed improvements.
The lounge and dining rooms have
been extended, unused window
seats have been removed and new,
bigger windows have been installed
giving residents a better view of the
garden and bringing more light into
the home. As social and mealtimes
are such an important part of our
residents’ days, this will make a real
difference to their quality of life.”
Chief Executive, Ron Staker, added:
“We are so grateful to Scion and
Mears Group for their generosity
and support. Although the exact
cost of the project is unknown,
Brendoncare would have had to
fundraise around £30,000 to carry
the future by Ron Staker,
Rarely have the issues of old age commanded the
out these works, so this is a superb
contribution by these committed headlines for such a sustained period without any
businesses.” convincing policy emerging from any political party.
The debate is succeeding in generating a great deal
A sincere ‘thank you’ also of heat without very much light.
to Froxﬁeld’s Activities Speaking on behalf of Scion, We have lost two valuable and highly respected Trustees in recent
Coordinator, Ruth Lee, whose Andrew Lee said: “This was a great months, Robert Dean after an illness and Roddy Morton suddenly.
husband Andrew works for project for us to get involved in. We extend our heartfelt condolences to their families; they will be
Scion. Ruth was the inspiration Brendoncare is a very worthwhile greatly missed by us all. Peter Willan has resigned as a Trustee and
behind the project and worked charity caring for frail older people, become a Vice Patron instead. We are now mounting a national
tirelessly to bring it to fruition. Ruth and we were only too pleased to advertising campaign to ﬁnd suitable replacements.
received ﬂowers, and all the workers be able to make this contribution
were given a mug as a reminder of to their living environment by I am especially grateful to all staff that made considerable sacriﬁces
the endless cups of tea and coffee providing the labour and materials during the Arctic weather conditions to ensure shifts were covered
prepared by Lily, the Laundress! free of charge.” and services maintained. At times like these it is a privilege to know
our staff can and do pull out all the stops and deliver.
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Looking towards the future RGH team up with PCT
Ronald Gibson House has been working
in partnership with the local PCT,
hospital and rehabilitation team on
a project to address the situation of
patients being in hospital unnecessarily.
In order to free up acute beds and facilitate their
ongoing discharge home, some patients were
offered the chance to come to Brendoncare for
a couple of weeks. A social worker then works
closely with staff in order to facilitate their move
on to their permanent home.
Centre Manager Helen Moriarty said: “The
project has been very successful. Following
referrals, assessments have been completed
quickly and patients have been transferred to A relative of two residents who came to the
An effective organisation is one that looks into us. The only difﬁculty has been in getting some home under this scheme said that Ronald
the future and prepares for what is to come. clients to go home afterwards – most of them Gibson House had transformed her impression
A new three year strategy has been approved want to stay!” of care homes. She was full of praise for the care
by the Board of Trustees and, in a climate of and attention paid to the residents by the staff.
anticipated restraint from the Public Sector
in terms of commissioning and funding,
is an ambitious plan to grow and improve
the quality of our services. Your Care Centre
Manager/Branch Manager will provide more
I will be explaining some further aspects of the
plan during the Road Shows in May and June.
New logo and Mission
I hope you will make an effort to attend and
look forward to sharing the future with you.
Of course with limited ﬁnance the role and
contribution of Fundraising becomes ever more
important and I welcome Hugh Thompson as
our new Head of Fundraising. Hopefully you will
have the opportunity to meet him or one of his
team, Laura Bailey or Shelley Green. They have
some great ideas and deserve our support.
Regrettably for a second year we have decided
not to award a general salary increase. This is
a prudent measure to ensure our fee
increases/levels are held as low as possible
and in anticipation of increasing constraints
on public expenditure in the coming years.
We will however continue to look for ways
of rewarding those who take on additional
responsibility such as Link Nurses.
The Forum has been briefed about this
decision and will monitor the situation
during the year. To date it has proved to be
an effective meeting for the exchange of
information, views and opinions. As you’ll see, we have a new logo. of our mission. In true Ronseal style, the Mission
Actually it’s just an update of our Statement sets out to ‘do what it says on the tin’:
This year we are ringing the changes by current logo but with the addition of a Brendoncare’s mission is to care for older
holding the Annual Event in Winchester and .
new strapline,“for older people” This people with dignity and respect, providing
combining it with the Clubs’ Annual Meetings
is a small but very important step in care for life in care centres, and tackling
as well, resulting in a jam-packed event for the
our branding to support the need to social isolation through friendship and
entire Brendoncare family. So please note 20th
spread the word about the valuable well-being clubs.
October in your diary.
work we do. The new logo will now be You may ask what the signiﬁcance is of these
rolled out across all our promotional changes to front line staff, volunteers, club
materials. members, residents and supporters.
Ron Staker, It’s about effective communication; we have
Chief Executive We have also refreshed our Philosophy of
been updating those key statements that
Care, added a new Mission Statement and
inform people, both inside and outside the
identiﬁed nine key values to ensure delivery
organisation, in a few words what we stand for.
New role for Sarah
Induction launch is imminent
Congratulations to Sarah Sally who
We are about to launch an e-learning volunteer learning and development in the has joined the Finance Department in
based core induction module for future. Once you’ve been allocated your Central Ofﬁce as a Financial Accountant.
all staff and volunteers. It contains username and password, please take the
time to watch it; those who have so far all As many of you will know, Sarah was previously
video clips, and tells you all about the the Administrator at our Alton care centre. In
report they have learnt something. Pictured
Brendoncare organisation, its history, her new role, Sarah takes over from Graham
here are Ron Staker and Hugh Thompson
key activities and much more. with the ﬁlm crew. Camﬁeld the task of managing the Central
Accounts Service and producing the monthly
It is the beginning of a radical shift towards
payroll, whilst ﬁlling a number of important
e-learning as the basic tool for staff and
gaps in our accounting service.
In relinquishing his Central Accounts and payroll
responsibilities, Graham has been freed up to
concentrate on the systems side of his role,
developing our services in this area, including
providing support for the IT initiatives in the
caring side of Brendoncare.
Good luck to both Sarah and Graham.
A short but sweet news item from Park
Road was that a James Bond Casino
Afternoon in February was combined
with a celebration of the 80th birthday
of Mrs Joan Smith to make a very happy
day for all those who attended. We are waiting to hear the outcome
of a planning application for a ‘Total
Care Living’ scheme for older people in
Edenbridge in Kent.
Top notch investment The proposed £17million care facility will
provide nursing care for physically frail older
people and those with dementia. There will be
48 ‘total care living’ apartments and a 40 bed
We recently received conﬁrmation of the renewal of our Investors in People award, nursing centre, along with extensive support
and with it a special certiﬁcate marking 10 continuous years of accreditation. services and facilities.
This is a testament to our commitment to all
our staff, in particular their ongoing learning
The Changing Shape of Care
Brendoncare heralded as
‘A Beacon of Quality’
Annual Event recognises achievements of top performers
This year’s Annual Event saw Professor He went on to talk about the quality of life
Nick Bosanquet, Professor of Health experienced by the “older old” and said that
Policy at Imperial College London, “Brendoncare has a very big role to play in
describing Brendoncare as a ‘Beacon of the development of elderly care. It has been
a beacon of quality in residential and nursing
Quality’ for its innovative care solutions
home care and a pioneer in the development
and commitment to person-centred care of care for the individual.” He also praised the
for older people. work being undertaken in Brendoncare’s clubs,
Professor Bosanquet was our guest speaker at particularly tackling social isolation.
the Royal College of Nursing event in London, Awards were presented by Professor Bosanquet
entitled ‘The Changing Shape of Care’. In his to top-performing staff and volunteers,
keynote address he highlighted important spanning Innovation, Excellence in Care,
changes affecting older people that have Improving Learning and Performance and
occurred over the past ﬁve years, most notably Outstanding Achievement. In recognition of the
the ever increasing number of “older old” (those importance of long-service within Brendoncare,
over the age of 85), the considerable difference 13 staff from The Old Parsonage and Park Road,
in lifestyle and afﬂuence between “younger old” whose combined service amounts to over 300
and “older old” and the higher levels of long years, also received Long Service Awards.
term illness particularly for women.
Volunteer Ann Gibb, Chairman of the Froxﬁeld League of Friends, Julia Perry, Daycare Manager, received an Outstanding Achievement
received an Outstanding Achievement Award, while Registered Nurses Award, Activities Coordinator Louise Murkin was presented with an
Maria Motaung, Elizabeth Mahlangu, Joyce Scheepers, Mercy Chilengwe Excellence in Care Award and Care Assistants Jessica Laney and Hilda
and Senior Care Assistant Brenda Cooper received a team award for Cerias were acknowledged for Improving Learning and Performance
Excellence in Care. as was Registered Nurse Maria Malig who was unable to attend.
Team Leader Gill Price received an Improving Learning and Performance
Award, Administrator Chris Rotherforth-Thomas and Volunteer Diane
Stoneman both received Volunteering Awards while the Housekeeping
team of Bev Hayman, Marciano Pasion, Judith Broom, Carolyn Hands and
Shirley Upton received an award for their Problem Solving skills.
Double winner Chris Holt, Chef Manager, received an Improving Learning
and Performance Award and was also presented with the Kitchen of the
Year Award, while Care Assistant Lynne Smith was acknowledged for her
Problem Solving skills.
Anne Simmonds, Anna Goddard, Jan Lewis, Kathy Hill, Miriam Masters,
Lorraine Magee, Kay Pond and Julie Haslet from Park Road all received
Long Service Awards.
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The Changing Shape of Care
The Old Parsonage
Long Servers – Christine Adams, Stephanie Freeman, Vivienne Hatchard, Stildon
Cathy Bruce and Barbara Ackroyd from The Old Parsonage.
Chairman of the Stildon League of Friends John Sapwell received an
Outstanding Achievement Award, while Daycare Coordinators Valerie
Stiller and Cheryl Clark and Care Assistant Joyce Senna all received
Excellence in Care Awards.
Edwin Ingleton, Branch Manager for Club Hampshire, received an The Old Parsonage Winners
Outstanding Achievement Award, Christine Benham, Volunteer Leader
of the Yateley Day Centre Club, received a Brendoncare Award as did Chef Manager Nick Gould received an Outstanding Achievement
Margaret Picken, Susan English, Brenda Bickerstaff and Ruth Braithwaite Award and a second award for Improving Learning and Performance,
all volunteers from the Yateley Brunch Club. Nurse Team Leader, Cathy Bruce, was presented with an Excellence in
Care Award and Doreen Antell, Second Chef, was acknowledged for
Improving Learning and Performance.
John Sapwell, Chairman of the Stildon League of Friends, Julia Perry,
Daycare Manager at Alton, Ann Gibb, Chairman of the Froxﬁeld League Chiltern View
of Friends, Christine Platt, Chairman of the Education & Research Group, Second Chef Joanne Parish received an Improving Learning and
Edwin Ingleton, Branch Manager of Brendoncare Club Hampshire, and Performance Award.
Nick Gould, Chef Manager at The Old Parsonage.
RGH Round UP Stildon News
There’s been plenty going on at Stildon.
Residents were entertained by a government
funded group ‘New Harmonie’ who combined
a unique programme of music and exercise with
the help of Activities Coordinator Jane White; the
quartet played various pieces of music offering
relaxation, movement and singing and was a
great success with residents.
On the subject of food, staff took
residents out for a very successful pub
Residents and staff at Ronald Gibson lunch at their regular ‘watering hole’.
House went to town at Halloween. The group were looked after very well and
Bats, witches and spiders were among the the Knicker Bocker Glories were talked about
scary surprises hanging from the ceilings and for days!
staff wore masks, it was overheard to be said,
to improve their looks! Residents joined in Christmas was ﬁlled with lots of
the fun by wearing witches wigs and hats. Far festivities. Relatives and staff pulled together to
from being scary, the event gave everyone a provide essential clothing for Filipino
As well as enjoying some lovely carol
good laugh. singing from local churches and schools,
colleagues whose families saw their
staff and residents were treated to a nativity homes and livelihoods destroyed by
St Nicholas Day was also celebrated in style.
The dining room was decorated in blue play performed by a group of toddlers and the terrible ﬂoods.
and white, and residents and relatives were a Christmas Party hosted by St Anselm’s The generosity was overwhelming, and Stildon
served with a special menu. A big thank you School. The highlight of the season was the even got a mention on the Philippines’ news.
to Catering Manager, Scott Thomas, and all RGH Christmas Party which was attended Thank you to everyone who contributed.
the helpers. by residents, relatives and friends and of
course a surprise visit from Santa! Thanks Music from the war years gave a special touch
to the League of Friends for funding to to Remembrance Day followed by a Memorial
support Santa! Service; a time to remember residents past and
present with their relatives.
All’s fair in love and war... and cooking! At Christmas, children from the local
school helped with an art and craft
session making lanterns and ended
with Christmas Carols in French!
Carols were played by the local Hand Bell ringers
followed by the Carol Service which is always a
special event for residents, families and friends.
The day ﬁnished with mulled wine and mince
pies supplied by the League of Friends.
Snow ensured the year ended in true
Christmas style with everything covered in a
There has been speculation over recent Pictured here with Ron Staker are Hotel
pretty white blanket but the weather did cause
years that the Kitchen of the Year dates Services Manager David Higgins, and Area
difﬁculties. Centre Manager Rita Blatcher said:
were ﬁxed, a rumour hotly denied by Operations Managers Sam Foti and
“The staff rallied as usual with an array of walking
Ron Staker. Karen Smith.
gear and snow buddies to maintain the care to
So this year he invited witnesses and cameras We were very sorry to say farewell to our residents; thank you to all of you who battled
to check that all was totally unbiased and fair. Karen in February – she left Brendoncare through regardless!”
No evidence of any wrong doing was found. to pursue a new career in recruitment. We
wish Karen the very best for the future.
Club Bournemouth &
“Humbug!” says Hanson
Sunrise Club members were treated to
the acting talents of Tony Hanson when
he performed as Scrooge in the run up to
Christmas. Ann Lench wrote, produced and
directed the adaptation of Charles Dickens’
classic, A Christmas Carol, which went
down a storm with the club members.
Meanwhile, Tony has been in the wars. While
delivering leaﬂets he had a rather nasty surprise.
“Feeding a leaﬂet through a letterbox, a dog
clamped its jaw and teeth around my poor
little ﬁngers and nearly pulled one off! I had
no warning, no barking, no growling – it was
just there waiting for me, probably starving!”
Poor Tony had to have his index ﬁnger dressed
by a nurse and was prescribed a course of
antibiotics. Tony added: “I strongly recommend
that delivering leaﬂets into innocent looking
bungalows should be done with extreme
caution and include danger money!”
New Club for Kinson
50 prospective club members and In promoting this new club, Brendoncare
volunteers ﬂocked to the launch of the latest worked alongside many local community
Brendoncare Club in Kinson in February. The organisations. Branch Manager, Tony Hanson,
Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Mrs Beryl Baxter, said: “This is our tenth club in Bournemouth
attended as the guest of honour along with and Poole, and we are now beneﬁting around
Cllr Pat Lewis (Kinson North), the Champion 300 older people locally, showing this is a
for Older People. vital service.”
Clubs remain strong in Dorset and John and
Sandie Derben are spending a signiﬁcant
amount of time there to encourage more
funding for the existing club operation.
Activity classes a big hit Centenarian Mary Celebrates
The exercise bug has deﬁnitely got to with friends
Bournemouth and Poole’s older residents, Mary Mawby celebrated her 100th Birthday
We are delighted to report
thanks to activity classes launched by on 25th February and enjoyed a party the day that our grant from Hampshire
Brendoncare as part of a well-being
initiative with Bournemouth and Poole
before with her friends at the Alpha Club. Mary County Council has been
Teaching PCT. Aimed at the over 70s, the
received many cards and there was a special
cake cutting ceremony. The celebrations were
renewed for a further year, an
classes have ranged from Mobilise (gentle helped along with the lovely singer Dolly Brown invaluable £118,000. Thanks
chair-based exercises) to Aqua Active (all who sang lots of old favourites including one also to the Borough of Poole for
round mobility exercises in the pool). These
have been arranged by Cindy Walker, the
written the year Mary was born. Mary is pictured grants of £58,000 in 2009/10 and
here (right) with her friend Marjorie Williams,
newly-appointed Activities Organiser for in her 90s, who she has know for many years. a further £29,000 for the ﬁrst
Brendoncare Clubs. half of 2010/11.
Recruitment of volunteers around the Hampshire clubs in 2009/10 has been the best
since Club Hampshire started back in 2002, attracting 67 newcomers to the team.
Edwin Ingleton, Branch Manager, said that the club service is in safe hands looking
forward and paid tribute to the tireless dedication of the volunteers.
Our sincere thanks to the members of the Club Hampshire Advisory Team, affectionately known as
CHAT, for their sterling efforts over the last few years. The team has now been disbanded and will be
replaced by a number of Clubs Volunteer Forums which will involve sharing of ideas and discussions
on activities, training and much more. We hope to update you on this in the next newsletter.
At the Hampshire County
Council Good Neighbour
Awards in Winchester,
recognition again this year.
Volunteers from the Petersﬁeld
Welcome Club were nominated
by their members and received
Congratulations to Ethel Lupton who
awards from Tommy Walsh,
celebrated her 99th birthday in December
the BBC DIY personality. The
with her friends at the Fleet Tuesday Club.
Town Mayor, Mrs Hilary Ayer,
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the party and
added her congratulations
all are now looking forward to a really big ‘do’
when she visited the club the
next year – roll on 100.
following week. Also receiving
recognition were Bill and Beryl
Bates, long standing volunteers
at the Purbrook Friendly and
Southsea Monday Clubs, who
have been volunteering for
a great deal of their lives.
Farewell to Jack Wilcock
Club Leader at the Solent Friends
Club, who has stepped down after
three years of tireless service.
Jack leaves with our warmest thanks and Yateley Brunch Club members were so
very best wishes. Jack is pictured here delighted that their stalwart volunteers were
with his wife, Doreen, and Ed Ingleton. nominated for a Brendoncare Award at the
Annual Event that they “clubbed together”
to buy each of them a token of their thanks
for all their hard work. Pictured receiving a
beautiful Cyclamen each from Doris Martin
are Susan English, Brenda Bickerstaff, and
Ruth Braithwaite. Margaret Picken received
Triple Thursday Club Hampshire said goodbye to Lesley
Lynton towards the end of last year and John
Celebration Murphy has joined the team as the Assistant
Branch Manager on six month secondment
And the Southampton Thursday Following consultation with members,
Club enjoyed a triple celebration in clubs have closed in Kingsclere, Basingstoke
and Fleet Monday, with all of the Fleet
February in the shape of a party to members joining other clubs. The
celebrate three members’ birthdays. Farnborough and Aldershot Clubs have now
Ernie Hanslip and Charlie Warren were merged, the Three Parishes Club has merged
into the Horndean Rainbow Club, and the
both 90 and Margorie Carter was 83.
club at Havant has merged into the Silent
A lovely time was had with sandwiches,
World and Friends Club and relocated to
triﬂe and birthday cake. an improved venue in Leigh Park.
Forum Report Froxfield News
The Brendoncare Forum continues to
go from strength to strength and had
an excellent opportunity recently to
discuss real issues affecting Brendoncare.
Members looked at the business
planning process that managers have
been carrying out which included
discussing the links between the fees, Froxﬁeld has been in full party mode with
occupancy and the economy and the some very special celebrations. Surrounded
impact that these factors have on by about 50 family and friends, resident Nora
staff pay. Rowell and her husband Jim celebrated 50
At the January Forum, there was also some years of marriage with a lovely old fashioned
discussion about the Christmas 2009 sing-song.
pay arrangements due to the fact that Staff, residents and volunteers all enjoyed
26th December was a Saturday, which affected a fun ﬁlled run up to Christmas at Froxﬁeld
which days were paid at enhanced rates. despite the Christmas Party being called off
As a result of these discussions the Forum because of the snow! The festivities included Hilary Harding hit the local headlines
representatives were asked to consult with their S & G’s production of the pantomime Jack and when she spoke of the dedication of her staff
colleagues locally on options for the future, the Beanstalk and visits by several schools. who walked miles to work during the snowy
and these views are being fed back. If you have Residents joined up with other elderly people weather. As Froxﬁeld is quite isolated up a
any comment to make on the subject, please from in and around Hungerford to enjoy a hilly lane many staff left their cars at home
do make sure that you speak to your local Christmas Party with musical entertainment and walked several miles to get to work while
representative. put on by the John O’Gaunt Senior School in others, including Hilary, chose to bed down
Hungerford. They also enjoyed carols around for the night to ensure continuing care for the
the Christmas tree at the Village Hall and a residents. “I would like to say a big thank you
Alton: Tracy Crossman and
Carol Service at St Peter’s Church followed by ,
to the staff for pulling out all the stops” said
mulled wine and mince pies. And residents and Hilary pictured here enjoying a snowball ﬁght
Central Ofﬁce: Kim Berrett staff were thrilled to visit Mrs Judith Millar’s with her Grandson Drew.
home where she put on a splendid Christmas
Chiltern View: Hayley Nicholls and Tea Party.
Congratulations to Senior Nurse Mercy
Froxﬁeld: Margaret Lawton Chilengwe who has been awarded a Degree
in Gerontology. This is a fantastic achievement
Knightwood: Christine Davies
and is testament to Mercy’s commitment to
Meadway: Maurie Bone older people.
The Old Parsonage: Doreen Antell and
Park Road: Anne Simmonds
Ronald Gibson House: Wenna Hughes and We recognise the importance of
David Smith ensuring the content of the whole of
the ‘Resident’s Day’ is built around
Stildon: Lesley Phillips and Jacky
the wishes as well as the needs of the
Volunteers: John Le Riche
We are delighted that Liz Gardener has
Woodhayes: Judith Broom and changed her role from being responsible And resident Dora Scott-Worthington
Annette Flemming for activities within Brendoncare Clubs celebrated her 100th birthday with family and
to becoming Activities Adviser across the friends including her sister Pamela who is also
whole organisation. She will be working a Froxﬁeld resident. On receipt of her card
closely with the Care Centre Activities from HM The Queen, Dora suggested a cheque
Don’t forget you can have your say by Coordinators to ensure all residents have would have been nice! Dora puts her secret for
letting your representative know about their own plan which reﬂects their choices a long life down to keeping a sense of humour
and includes a varied and stimulating range and never going without make-up! Ruth Lee,
any other issues you feel should be of activities. Liz will be visiting all the care Activities Coordinator, said: “Dora keeps us all
discussed at the Forum. centres shortly. smiling and she always looks glamorous.”
Knightwood News Some very
We are constantly amazed and delighted
at the lengths to which our volunteers go
in helping older people.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the start
of World War II, members of Brownsea and
Halfway Monday Clubs were invited to share
their memories of the conﬂict. Volunteer Valerie
Francis has produced a booklet capturing some
of these very special moments – memories
from club members as small children, teenagers
Residents and volunteers enjoyed a Davies, Senior Care Assistant. With their vocal or young adults. Some stories are sad and
mouth-watering Harvest Supper with chords well oiled, the residents got singing tragic, others are more light-hearted. Many of
tasty food washed down by a variety of and gave new residents Frank and Doris the incidents have never been spoken about
Apple and Pear ciders provided by Christine Norris a warm welcome. before and it is hoped that this booklet will be
cherished, not only by the contributors but by
their relatives and friends.
Printed below is an article submitted by Halfway
Monday Club member, Dora Feather.
A Fate Worse than Death?
I was 17 years old when the War broke out in
1939. I knew there would come a time when
women would be called up to do war work, so I
left school and took a job as a parlour maid in
a big house with a lovely young family. As time
The singing theme continued when Despite the cold weather in January, went on, I was very happy there until the wife’s
residents enjoyed their ﬁrst ever Christingle resident Gwen Ayling had a warm welcome elderly mother and father came to live with us.
Service. A change from the more traditional and celebrated her 90th birthday in style, About that time there were rumours that we
Lessons and Carols by Candlelight, residents surrounded by her family and all the would be invaded. Granddad called a family
each took home their Christingle to light up residents.
meeting, to which I was invited, and he showed
their own apartment!
us a gun, and said if we were invaded he would
shoot us all, and I would be ﬁrst as everyone
knew what the Germans did to young girls.
I lived out the rest of the War in fear and
trembling in case the Germans came!
Staff and residents invited their much their friendly faces, uplifting chatter and
appreciated volunteers to a special supper good humour undoubtedly help to make
to acknowledge their outstanding support. Brendoncare Knightwood an inclusive and
Jane Bell said: “Undertaking tasks from tea supportive environment for all our residents.
and coffee rounds on the nursing unit, to We value them so highly, so it was lovely to be
accompanying the residents on outings able to thank them.”
and manning the shop on a weekly basis,
Focus on Fundraising
Fundraising Team News Fundraising Update
We are delighted to announce that
recently Capacity Builders, the Laing
Family Trust and Sport Hampshire
have all made donations to the charity
totalling in excess of £20,000. Thank
you for your support.
Calling all Skydivers!
Are there any daredevils out there willing
to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet?
Parachutes available upon request! Following
last year’s successful sponsorship by a number
of staff and volunteers we are looking to
repeat this exhilarating event on 10th July.
If you would like to know more please
contact Shelley Green on 01962 857090.
A very warm welcome to Hugh Emma Digance has gone on maternity
Thompson who has joined Brendoncare leave, and baby Isabella Alice arrived on 28
as the new Head of Fundraising. March. Shelley Green has joined the team as
Community Fundraiser. Shelley said: “My focus is
A professional fundraiser for more than 11 to work speciﬁcally with the clubs and the local
years, Hugh has focused principally within the communities within their locality. It is vital that
hospice movement working with both adult people understand the value of the work that
and children’s services. During his time at North we are doing to help older people in our local
Devon Hospice as Director of Fundraising and, communities. If they know what we do then we
closer to home, at Naomi House as Fundraising are far more likely to raise money in support of
Manager, Hugh oversaw signiﬁcant increases in our work.”
income generation which allowed for essential
service development. Hugh lives in Oakley with Laura Bailey and Anne Heathorn form the rest
his wife, Lini, and two boys Charlie and Alﬁe. of the fundraising team and have responsibility
for grant making trusts and merchandise
He said: “I am delighted to join Brendoncare and respectively.
return to Winchester. Brendoncare is a charity
that gives fantastic support to older people, but The fundraising team are determined to focus
upon the charitable objectives of Brendoncare,
shockingly this is an area that is all too rarely
focused upon in the public arena. My aspiration
is that people give as much consideration to
to demonstrate how we are making a difference
to so many people. They will be making visits
to clubs and care centres and would like to
Great South Run
elderly care as they do to other causes. I know This year the Great South Run will be
that others share this aspiration and I look hear from you if you have any suggestions or held on Sunday 24th October on the sea
forward to working with you all to achieve this comments. By raising the proﬁle of Brendoncare
front at Southsea.
in the coming months and years.” as a charity we can raise more voluntary and
charitable income which we can invest in Last year the 10 mile event was a sell out with
Hugh added: “The need for Brendoncare’s delivering quality care to older people. all available places taken so we have reserved
services has never been greater; the over 85 a number of places for this event. If you or a
age group is the fastest growing age group friend are interested please do contact Shelley
in the UK and Brendoncare is a key player in Green on 01962 857090 or e-mail sgreen@
the development and provision of quality brendoncare.org.uk.
care through its care centres and out in the
community through the clubs.” Last year Terry Stafford, Andrea Grifﬁn
and Kathleen Houghton chose to run for
Brendoncare, so our warm thanks to them.
Repeat for Raﬄe Warm-hearted Caroline
Fundraising Following last year’s successful rafﬂe we
will be holding another Brendoncare-
braved icy waters for
to a Tee!
wide rafﬂe this year, with the draw
likely to be in September. Tickets will be
circulated in the late spring/early summer. While most
Any donations of prizes, or suggestions of
people or organisations to contact, would
be most welcome. Please call Laura Bailey
on 01962 857471. ﬁrst drink and
Win cash, with on Christmas
the 500 Club Sampford,
A huge thank you to long-standing clubs
On Friday 10th September a volunteer Sylvia Gamblin who, amongst her
Brendoncare Golf Day will be held at many roles, organises a monthly mini lottery, Woodhayes, started her day with an
Hockley Golf Club near Winchester known as the 500 Club. Tickets are just £1 icy swim in the sea off Exmouth.
for teams of four. The event is kindly each month and currently around 30 clubs Our thanks and congratulations to Caroline
sponsored by Taylor Made Computer in Hampshire take part with typical winnings who raised over £200 for Brendoncare
Solutions. being around £100. We’d like to roll this out which will be spent on garden furniture
across Brendoncare so any club or care centre for Woodhayes residents.
If you would like to know more please interested in taking part should please contact
contact Hugh Thompson on 01962 857096. Hugh Thompson on 01962 857096. ,
“It was a fabulous day” Caroline said. “The
sun shone and the sky was blue, there were
literally hundreds of people watching and
at least 100 in the water.” And what’s the
Fundraising firewalk secret to Caroline’s success? “The trick is
to get cold ﬁrst, chill down before you go
in, so that the water feels a better option.
It didn’t feel cold but it completely took
my breath away!”
‘hot stuff ’ Clothing sale
A big thank you to Sally Ayers from
The Old Parsonage who raised £30
from the Clothing Sale she ran just
As well as helping to provide funds for
Brendoncare, the sale provided lots of fun
and merriment. Sally is now planning another
sale so if you’re looking to spring clean your
wardrobe, please pass on your recycled
clothes to Sally who can be contacted
on 01962 711020.
Nine fearless firewalkers walked
across coals burning at 1300°F to
Fundraising Manager Emma Digance said:
“This was a great evening and we are so
grateful to our nine walkers for their amazing
got toes tapping
raise money for Brendoncare at the
Winchester Round Table fireworks support. They had a fantastic time, all putting
in at least one repeat performance, and
spectacular on Saturday
the large crowd watching showed their
7th November. appreciation with cheers after each walk. We
A musical and dancing extravaganza by
The walkers were a mix of staff, volunteers now hope that next year even more people
will be bold and take up the challenge. Our
the award-winning Southern Minstrels
and supporters, and they raised around
£1,800. Pictured left to right are: Kim Berrett, sincere thanks to Winchester Round Table was held for Brendoncare in February,
Caroline Hedges, Helen Harman, Laura Bailey, for their valued support.” at Winchester’s Theatre Royal.
Lee Peck, Rosemary Clarkson (crouching), The performers, aged from three to adult, put
This event will be repeated this year on a
Keith Wilson, Gareth Bloomﬁeld (Round on a great show with glamorous dance routines,
larger scale, so if you wish to know more
Table) and Jocelyn Jenkins. gorgeous costumes and glittering lights.
please contact Laura Bailey on 01962 857471.
Hip hamper hooray! Hugh’s
Views Our new Head of Fundraising, Hugh
Thompson, has spent much of his
ﬁrst couple of months travelling
around the care centres and clubs,
meeting as many people as possible,
keen to understand the ins and outs
of Brendoncare and what makes the
The more he and his team know about
Brendoncare, the better able they are
to raise much-need monies. Here Hugh
shares a few observations from his early
times with us:
We are very grateful for the support Blueﬁn employee Adrian Luff (pictured here “I have been hugely impressed with the
of the Bournemouth branch of with Hugh Thompson) will be heading across
high quality of care delivered throughout
Insurance Brokers, Blueﬁn, who the Atlantic in October to raise money for
Brendoncare, running the Chicago Marathon the charity
donated a super hamper from John
on 10th October. We wish him all the best in his At Chiltern View I witnessed staff
Lewis worth over £150 to Brendoncare
training and will bring you more news of his trip treating the residents with dignity
Alton for their rafﬂe. to America and how much and respect under difﬁcult conditions
The hamper included a range of delicious treats he raises for Brendoncare
and helped to raise money for Alton. later in the year. In Gosport I met and talked with
Doris who, at 101 and totally blind,
ﬁnds it impossible to get out of the
Angels Join us for a ‘Quiz house at all in the week save for her
Brendoncare’s Sunrise Club in Poole has
recently raised £43 to support the costs of
and Curry Night’ The charity is forward thinking in,
for example, the intent to provide
dementia training to all staff
running their club. Club members enjoyed Tickle
an arts and craft session and made some Brendoncare is responsive to
stunning angels which they then ﬁlled over your taste demographics, looking at how to
the festive season with change. The money buds and address the growing demand for
raised will go towards the £3,500 it costs to get your quality dementia care
run the club for a year. thinking We are measuring the difference that
caps on. we make to individuals’ lives through
Club Collection Tins We’re hosting a
‘Quiz and Curry
an important research project at
Each of our Brendoncare Clubs now has Night’ at the
a collecting tin. These offer members the Concorde Club We have a great volunteering ethos
opportunity to “help us to help you” by making in Eastleigh on
a donation towards the cost of providing door- More than anything I have been
25th May from
to-door transport for our members, and other touched by the real and positive
7:30pm and are
running costs such as venue hire, insurance looking for teams difference that we make to people’s
and so on. We are delighted with the effort of up to six people lives on a daily basis throughout our
that the members have shown in supporting to help raise money for Brendoncare. Tickets care centres and our clubs
the work of Brendoncare Clubs. So far this year cost £10 per person, which includes the curry
over £1,150 has been donated through the tins. Our job within the fundraising team is to
(alternatives available) and there will also
Special thanks must go to Brownsea Club and highlight these differences and to bring
be a rafﬂe. If you would like to attend, please
Halfway Monday Club who have raised over contact Shelley Green on 01962 857090 or them to the attention of potential funders –
£700 through their tins. The cost of providing email: SGreen@brendoncare.org.uk to demonstrate the impact of Brendoncare.”
transport in all of our clubs costs £150,000 a year.
Alton Update Chiltern View
Chiltern View was overrun by canine
activity when it staged its annual
Fete and Dog Show.
The event, which raised an amazing £900,
proved to be a great success with many
more dogs than the previous year being
entered to show off their talents. The front
lawns were full of stalls and a delicious
aroma wafted over from the kitchens
where Russell was preparing burgers and
hot dogs. Josephine was also kept busy
preparing cream teas helped by family,
relatives and local residents of Stone who
added their support in numbers.
A bring your own beer ‘Pub Quiz’
proved to be a very popular event.
Six teams of ﬁve people were squeezed into
All at Brendoncare Alton are delighted “Hope is what this new job is all about,” the dining room as a mixture of relatives
to be getting to know one of the south’s said Debbie, who is also a Lay Minister (or and staff competed against each other in
most popular TV personalities. Former Reader) in the Church of England.“I seek to the hard fought quiz. The winning team
newsreader, Debbie Thrower (now using come alongside not only older people but ‘Stoned Crazy’ pipped the runners up by
also their relatives, carers and staff working
her married surname Thompson), has just one point! Teams are already swotting
in residential care. It is the clearest possible up for the next event.
been appointed as the new ‘Chaplain to message from the churches I’ll represent that
Older People’ in Alton. older people matter.”
Debbie will be looking at the spiritual welfare Debbie is a former BBC national newsreader
especially of those in residential care and and presenter of South Today and was for
sheltered accommodation in Alton and as such many years one of the best known faces in
has become a regular visitor to Brendoncare. the region presenting ITV’s “Meridian Tonight”
with Fred Dinenage.
Chiltern View kick-started its
Christmas celebrations with a visit
from Robert Wilson, the Reminiscence
Man, with his daughter Sarah.
Residents stirred the pud, smelled the spices
and remembered the basins and boiling
cloths. Inspired by Robert’s visit, Chiltern
A warm welcome to two new recruits Caroline Cupples is the newly appointed View made their own Christmas cake which
at Brendoncare Alton. Activities Assistant and will be working in both was judged by all to be very tasty.
the elderly frail and the mentally frail wings.
Vicci Elliot joins the team as the She has worked in the care sector for six years,
Administrator, taking over from Sarah The snowfall resulted in breathtaking
the last two with the elderly and those with
Sally who has moved to Central Ofﬁce. A views over the Chiltern Hills. Centre
learning disabilities. Caroline wanted to be
committed Reading Football Club supporter, Manager Mike Tullett said: “Despite the
more involved with the social side of resident
Vicci travels the length and breadth of the difﬁculties heralded by the snow, staff and
care and is keen to help give residents fuller
country to see them play. She doesn’t only relatives made a magniﬁcent effort to keep
and more enjoyable lives. She lives with her
watch from the stands however, Vicci also life as normal as possible, sometimes in
teenage son and two British Bulldogs.
keeps ﬁt by playing for a lady’s team. quite tricky circumstances.”
News from Woodhayes
The Christmas party was
a colourful occasion with
staff dressing up, much to
the amusement of residents.
Pictured here are ‘Dames’
Peter Reynolds, Handyman,
sporting a blue wig, and
volunteer Eric Webster.
There’s been plenty going
on. Each month Woodhayes
organises a themed lunch and
no prizes for guessing what
the theme was for this event!
The Christmas fair was a great
success and they raised just
under £450. Thanks to Audrey
Mr Britten Edmunds, who is known as Smart, a resident at Woodhayes,
Ed, celebrated his 100th birthday and went who helped by selling rafﬂe
out for lunch with his family to his favourite tickets.
restaurant and had a carvery, followed by And ﬁnally, congratulations
a short trip to the seaside then back to to Ailene Figueroa who has
Woodhayes for sherry and cake. Ed had a achieved her NVQ2 in Health
lovely day and was very pleased with his & Social Care.
telegram from the Queen.
A very warm welcome to Julie Street who has
joined the team as Associate Nurse. Julie has lots
of new ideas for The Old Parsonage and has hit
the ground running.
The Old Parsonage has been as busy As spring approaches, residents are reﬂecting
as ever. on their successes last year connecting with
nature. They grew their own sunﬂowers with
the tallest one reaching an impressive 8ft 3”!
The challenge is of course to top this in 2010.
And thanks to the careful daily watering and
tending of runner beans which were planted,
residents enjoyed a supply of fresh runner
beans throughout the Autumn. This will
deﬁnitely be repeated.
Fundraising has been going well. A Clothes
Swap generated plenty of fun and some cash,
while the Autumn Fair raised over £900 and
had a variety of new stalls which proved very
successful. Well done and thank you to all
A stirring ‘Last Night at the Proms’ event got Staff and residents were delighted to
everyone singing and reminiscing. With Union welcome a Harp Player and Otterbourne
Jacks galore, a great time was had and the Primary School and they were enthralled by a
residents stood bolt upright for the National very interesting talk from the Education Ofﬁcer
Anthem, waving their ﬂags. at Marwell Zoo who also paid them a visit.
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