• 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

Climate Change Partnership launched

Gosport Borough Council has set up the independent Gosport Climate Change Partnership, bringing together a range of local organisations which can share their views and expertise to cut carbon emission

Grants to help vulnerable families

Nearly £200,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 24 projects across the county that help Hampshire’s most vulnerable families, following approval by the County Council. The grants are part of the

Queen's Award for analytics company

Tonic Analytics, a data analytics company based at the University of Southampton Science Park, has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise – for International Trade. The Queen’s Awar