Winchester care home, Brendoncare St Giles View enjoyed a visit from two very special guests this week, Widget and Pringle, two Humboldt penguins. 

They went in the salon at St Giles View where they were given a bit of a pampering as well as taking the lift to visit residents, relatives, and colleagues. 

It was the first time the penguins had visited St Giles View, but they did pop into Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill just before Christmas to spread some festive cheer.

Gillian Buxton, Wellbeing Coordinator at St Giles View, said afterwards: “We were all so looking forward to the visit from the penguins and they did not disappoint us.

“We were amazed at the way they hopped into the lift and took all their meeting and greeting all in their stride.

“Our residents and colleagues absolutely adored giving them a hug. Some of our residents who were with us at Park Road met Widget and Pringle two Christmases ago but enjoyed meeting them again.

“However, for some of the other residents, this is probably the first time in their lives they have met a penguin. It is a day none of us will forget for a long time. Thank you to Amazing Animals for bringing them on this visit.” 

Brendoncare St Giles View opened last year (2023). It provides care for 60 residents and is Brendoncare’s first care home in Winchester to offer both dementia and nursing care.

It is one of seven care homes run by the Brendoncare Foundation which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Brendoncare also provides extra care housing and community clubs for older people across the south of England. 

For more information about Brendoncare St Giles View, please call 01962 67359 or visit the website,

Brendoncare’s Care for Life promise provides security and peace of mind to residents and their families, ensuring that when a resident can no longer afford the full cost of their care Brendoncare will support them financially to remain with them for as long as their needs can be met.