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Donnington House Care Home is a registered charity that has been providing care for older people in Chichester, West Sussex since 1952.  


The Home is now registered to give care, both Residential and Nursing, to 28 residents.  


The provision of nursing care offers the peace of mind that should this be required, there is no need to move on.  Our dedicated team of qualified nurses, care assistants and ancillary staff provides a high standard of care within a warm, friendly, comfortable environment. 

From the archives

Mr. Percie Shippam [center of the black and white group photograph below ]  with those who helped push forward the provision of Chichester Eventide Housing Associations home at Donnington, the first such residence for the elderly. The £6,500 house was given by Mr. Shippam, in 1950 in memory of his wife Rose. Two or three years of successful fundraising and hard work by volunteers made the £12,000 project possible. When the first 14 semi-infirm residents moved in during January 1952, figures showed it would be self-supporting once the remaining £3,500 worth of liabilities had been cleared. The County Council made up the £3.9s.5d difference between residents contributions and the cost of keeping them. Painted throughout in cheerful colours and comfortably furnished, the home was centrally heated and welcoming, completely devoid of institutional appearances. Each bedroom contained easy chairs, a wireless and wash basin with hot and cold water. An extension was added during the decade. In 1961 HRH Princess Alexandra blessed the home with a visit and again in 2009.

Extract from 'Chichester in the fifties' By Edward Brown

The photograph below was taken after the dedication ceremony, performed by Archdeacon Lancelot Mason in September 1952, the picture shows: Left to right standing - 

Dr Douglas Langhorn, West Street physician and surgeon

Geoffrey White, Portsmouth Evening News and Hampshire Telegraph reporter

Dick Doman, East Street draper

Dr.David Rice, Graylingwell Hospital Deputy Medical Superintendent

City Mayor Frank Worley

Leslie Evershed-Martin, optician and Festival Theatre founder

Bassil Shippam, C.Shippam Ltd

Matron, Miss Price

Extreme right - Vernon Thompson, Westminster Bank Manager

Left to right, seated - 

Miss V.Chapman, St.Richard's Hospital Matron

Mr Shippam

Mrs.Lillian Turnbull

"A huge thank you to you and all your staff for looking after B so well for the 18 months she was in your care.  You all were especially kind to mummy and her family during the last few weeks.  

I can't tell you how much it helped us to have mummy in your care at the end,

and not in hospital.

                   With much love and gratitude."

                                            A Relative

Our Philosophy Of Care

Donnington House aims to provide its residents with a secure, relaxed and homely environment in which their care, well-being and comfort are of paramount importance.

All staff will strive to preserve and maintain the dignity, individuality and privacy of all the residents within a warm and caring atmosphere, and will be sensitive to the residents changing needs.


Such needs may be medical, cultural, psychological, spiritual, emotional and social. Residents are encouraged to participate in the development of their plan in care in which the involvement of family and friends is valued.

This will be achieved by recognising the core value of care which are:

· Privacy

· Dignity

· Rights

· Independence

· Choice

· Fulfilment

· Safety

· Respect

· Equality


All staff within the Home will be appropriately qualified to deliver the highest standards of care.


A continuous training programme is implemented to ensure that standards are maintained in line with the developments in care practices and laid down in legislation, regulations and the Care Quality Commission guidelines.

Our Mission

Our Vision

Excellence in care is rooted in a whole-hearted commitment to human rights, and a continuous practical application of that commitment in the way that our services are supported. Our residents and their families are demonstrably placed at the heart of everything that we do.

"I consider this the best run residential/nursing home in the area.  

The staff are well-led, conscientious and caring - the patients are very happy,

the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, but the levels of care and catering for all needs is constantly high.  I would have no hesitation in placing a relative of mine here,

or being admitted here myself when the time came."

                                            A Local G.P.

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