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The Friends of Care Homes





The Friends of Care Homes is a UK Charity registered with the Charities Commission. We are governed by a board of Trustees who oversee the running of the organisation.


Vicky Churchill

Founder and Trustee


My passion runs extremely high when it comes to The Friends of Care Homes and we are fortunate to have excellent volunteers and supporters in our Team. Each one of them having their own exceptional skills.


The Friends are one of the only charities that put on events at the weekends, when often other social groups are closed. Providing transport at the weekends for our guests is also extremely unusual.


Have a look at Where It began.


Audrey Mclachlan



Audrey was a mentor for Herts County Council whose loved one’s suffered with Dementia.


Sadly, Audrey has first-hand knowledge of just how devastating dementia can be, as her husband Ray was a sufferer for 8 years.


Audrey has many, many social skills but she still manages to find time to continue her voluntary work, with Singing for The Brain, Herts Musical Memories and The Friends of Care Homes.


Swee Kim Quinton



Originally from Malaysia, my parents are from Hainan Island, China.


I am a qualified nurse and did my training in Harperbury Hospital in Hertfordshire, qualifying in 1976. Married with four children and now enjoying my retirement and seeing my family grow to 10 grandchildren.


I have fond memories of Vicky’s mother Vi and taking her out on trips was great fun while she was in her care home. Supporting her legacy through the Friends of Care Homes is enjoyable and I know Vi would enjoy seeing others having fun each weekend.


Nicola Turner



Nicola is truly multi-talented and she understands just how difficult life was when a member of her own family went into care.


Trying to juggle working and bringing up a family at the same time, can be extremely difficult and stressful, but somehow, Nicola has that calming and caring influence on everyone she meets and stress is not part of her everyday routine.


During our events, you might be lucky enough to sample one of her delicious homemade sandwiches or cakes.


Marjorie Wilkins



Marjorie became aware of the difficulties of coping with Alzheimer’s when her friends husband developed this terrible disease.


Having worked voluntary in a caring capacity for many years, she now enjoys seeing the benefits of what The Friends of Care Homes music events can offer to Dementia sufferers.


The joy of being involved with these events can be so rewarding.


Maria Dunmore Gray



Maria Dunmore-Gray comes to the charity with a background in policing.


She has worked extensively across public protection and safeguarding, working with statutory and non statutory organisations.


With a family connection to our charity she hopes to bring her skills to help the charity continue to flourish.