• Editor

Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill receives a royal visit

Hampshire-based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, welcomed the charity’s patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO to officially open its new development at Otterbourne Hill, on Tuesday 22 January. The Countess unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.


Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill is the first of its kind in the UK, providing a community hub, apartments for individuals and couples and a care home offering residential nursing and dementia care, all under one roof.


The Countess was welcomed at Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson. She was also welcomed by Mr Joseph MacHale, Chairman of Brendoncare Foundation and Mrs Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive of Brendoncare Foundation.

During the visit, the Countess was entertained by the Otterbourne Hill choir and the children from Yellow Dot Nursery. Whilst in the community hub, she met residents from the nearby Brendoncare The Old Parsonage Court. She also met with some of the generous donors who have supported Brendoncare to turn the dream of Otterbourne Hill into a reality.


The Countess also visited the care home and apartments where she chatted with residents, their families and staff.


The Countess commented on her last visit in November 2016 when she marked the official start of the development’s construction, at the ground-breaking ceremony. She described Otterbourne Hill as a ‘gem’ and expressed her pleasure at meeting so many of the residents who have made Otterbourne Hill their home.


Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive of Brendoncare, said “We are delighted to welcome Our Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex to Otterbourne Hill to officially open our new innovative service. We are so grateful for the time and support she continues to give to Brendoncare.”


More information about Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill can be found on the charity’s website www.brendoncare.org.uk or by telephoning 01962 679649.


HRH The Countess of Wessex meeting with Geoff and Jean Groves from the apartments, and their daughter-in-law, Sandy

Recent Posts

See All

Recovery funding for leisure centres

Several leisure centres in Hampshire have been successful in bids to the National Leisure Recovery Fund (NLRF). The fund was established to support eligible public sector leisure services to reopen to

Ordnance Survey reveals secrets of towns and cities

Ordnance Survey is launching a ‘Secret Stories’ app to banish lockdown blues and turn family walks into mini-adventures. The Secret Stories app is free to download and brings towns and cities to life,

Otters appear across city

Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) is aiming to bring the local business community together to show its appreciation for all key workers by hosting an Otter Trail. The trail will be a free

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon

Click to find us on Facebook and Twitter

© 2021 Hampshire Media