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Brendoncare releases single to mark 40th anniversary

Residents, colleagues and volunteers join together to sing I Just Called to Say I Love You

Hampshire-based charity The Brendoncare Foundation has released a single of an all-time favourite song to mark its 40th anniversary today (14th February).

To tie in with the day also being Valentine’s Day, Brendoncare residents, colleagues, community club members and volunteers have recorded and videoed a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s classic I Just Called To Say I Love You. The single is now available to buy. It will help to raise money for Brendoncare’s vital work supporting older people in the community.

To view the video of the song or to buy a copy of the single, please go to: https://www.brendoncare.org.uk/40th-anniversary/

Project manager, Rebecca Spicer, Brendoncare’s Wellbeing Manager, explains: “We decided to record I Just Say I Love You because not only is it a song everyone loves and enjoys, but its message also encapsulates everything Brendoncare stands for.

“A vital part of our community service work is offering telephone support to our club members who are living alone, feeling isolated or going through a challenging time in their lives. Our team of telephone volunteers are there to call them on a regular basis for a friendly chat or at any time when they need help or advice.”

Rebecca continues: “We all had the most fantastic fun making the record and video. Everybody really came together to lend us both their time and their fantastic voices. We do have some real singing superstars out there.”

Residents and colleagues from Brendoncare’s care homes in Hampshire, Wiltshire and West Sussex, together with the two singing community clubs based in Otterbourne near Winchester and Gosport in Hampshire.

The film was made by Ellis Korde, a student at the University of Winchester, the audio producer being Martine Martin, Brendoncare’s Head of Membership.

A wide range of celebrations have been planned to mark Brendoncare’s 40th anniversary, including burying a time capsule, parties and lunches.

The Brendoncare Foundation was established on 14th February 1984. Its founder, Winchester GP Sir Ronald Gibson, chaired the BMA (British Medical Association). Convinced that older people were often let down by the institutions caring for them, he believed they should never have to move into a different care facility should their health fail or mobility deteriorate.

Sir Ronald pioneered the idea of tailoring a full range of care to fit the changing needs of people, always offering care with discretion, respect, and dignity. These principles continue to guide Brendoncare’s work today.

Brendoncare has built on his visions and now operates seven care homes across the south of England. Each of them provides a range of care comprising residential, nursing, dementia, end of life (palliative) and respite.

Brendoncare also provides community services for older people including a network of more than 70 clubs across Hampshire and Dorset, online clubs, digital and telephone support, and special events. These are accessed through Brendoncare’s community membership. 

For more information about Brendoncare, please visit the website: https://www.brendoncare.org.uk/ or call 01962 852133.

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