Brendoncare has bid a sad farewell to Sharon Calver, who has retired after working for the Winchester-based charity for an incredible 30 years and 10 months.
Sharon has worked as a wellbeing coordinator at Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill since it opened in July 2018. Before that, Sharon started as a carer at Brendoncare’s former care home, The Old Parsonage in Otterbourne, later becoming a wellbeing coordinator there.
During her time with Brendoncare, Sharon has organised countless activities and outings for the residents at both care homes, including garden fetes and celebrations for the Queen’s Golden and Platinum Jubilees.
Sharon represented Brendoncare at the 100th birthday of HRH the Queen Mother, Brendoncare’s former patron. She also had an audience with Brendoncare’s current Patron, HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh when she officially opened Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill five years ago.
“Brendoncare has been part of my life for nearly half of my life. It has been a pleasure and privilege to say I work for Brendoncare. I am leaving with a heavy heart. I am excited, anxious, pleased and sad all at the same time,” Sharon says.
“Brendoncare has always supported me professionally and personally. Everyone has always been so kind and generous.”
Sharon, who lives in Eastleigh, now plans to enjoy some personal pleasures such as swimming, walking and people watching.
Charlotte Chiutare, Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill’s General Manager, said: “We are all extremely sad to say goodbye to Sharon. She is much loved and respected by residents, colleagues and people in the wider community with whom she has worked tirelessly making such a difference to everyone.
“We shall all miss her greatly, but we hope she will consider returning in the future, perhaps as a volunteer.”
Sharon received numerous gifts including flowers and cakes from relatives, colleagues and friends. Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill gave her a bouquet, garden centre gift card and a fingerprint family tree of the residents and staff.