Support us and help enrich the lives of older people.

We believe in making time for older people.

In 1956 our founder, Richard Carr-Gomm, recognised that many older people were living alone and felt isolated in their communities. He wanted to provide them with a safe and secure home where they could build friendships and find support.

This charitable ethos is still at the heart of everything we do and by supporting us you can help enrich the lives of older people, making later life an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.


How fundraising supports older people

Your donation will go towards supporting older people in local communities, just as Richard Carr-Gomm intended when he first opened his homes. We host events and activities throughout the year, offering support and companionship to our residents and friends.

Our ‘Companionship at Christmas’ campaign welcomes older people who may otherwise be alone over the festive period – as little as £5 could provide a delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings.

“We had a great turn-out at our warm and cosy house; four ladies came along, all attend the same church in Bristol but live alone. There was a great atmosphere in the dining room and we enjoyed chatting to new friends”.

Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham Companionship event

More and more of our residents and visitors are now living with dementia and fundraised income also supports our award-winning dementia innovation programmes. Our Breath of Fresh Air programme encourages people with dementia to get outside and enjoy the outdoors and nature. Many of our homes have dementia-friendly sensory gardens as part of this project, and in 2016 we were able to introduce a dementia-friendly sensory garden at Victoria House thanks to support from fundraising:

We also commit income through The Abbeyfield Research Foundation, to fund pioneering research to enhance and support quality of life for older people. Last year, we funded a PhD studentship to explore how hearing and sight loss can be detected and treated in care home residents. We use all of the learning from our research to improve and enhance the lives of our residents and visitors and allow for open access publication so that the sector as a whole can benefit.

How you can support Abbeyfield

From hosting dinner parties to sponsored cycles, there are lots of ways you can fundraise for Abbeyfield. We’d love to hear what you’ve got planned and support you with your efforts.

We can give you fundraising ideas and tips – just email us at or call 01727 734095. If you’re collecting donations online you can set up an online fundraising page at JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving or BT My Donate and choose Abbeyfield Society as your charity.

Leave a gift in your Will

Legacies one of our main sources of income and many supporters choose to restrict their donation to a specific Abbeyfield home where they have a personal connection. By leaving a gift in your Will to Abbeyfield, you are ensuring that we can be there for the increasing number of people who will need us in the future.

For more information on how to leave a legacy to Abbeyfield, please email or call us in confidence on 01727 734095.

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator

Registered with fundraising regulator


Much of our work wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our corporate partners. To find out more about how your company can partner with us, visit our corporate fundraising page.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be making a difference to the lives of older people.

Thank you!