Guild Care takes over Bell Memorial Home

Guild Care takes over Bell Memorial Home


Local Worthing charity Guild Care has taken over the Bell Memorial Home in Lancing as the historic charities work together for the residents’ best interests.

Trustees of the Bell Memorial Home in Lancing, home to 44 residents, have entrusted their charitable home, together with residents and staff, to Guild Care from March 25th.

Suzanne Millard, CEO of Guild Care, said: ‘We have been working with the Lancing charity to ensure that the home can remain open as a charity, protecting residents and saving jobs. The Bell has been providing care to residents for nearly 100 years and, by becoming a subsidiary of Guild Care, we can ensure it has a future.’

The Bell Memorial Home is a large residential home near the seafront in Lancing, to which a Miss Bell of Tooting contributed regularly to its upkeep in the 1920s, leaving a legacy in support in 1928. The charity was founded in 1890 by William Chorley whose vision was ‘to improve the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the poorer people by providing a change of scenery and fresh sea air.’ Mr Chorley knew Lancing and decided that it was just the place.

Reverend Andrew Reed, Chairman of Trustees for The Bell Memorial Home, added: ‘We are delighted that Guild Care has come forward to take care of our facility, our residents and our staff, as a fellow long-standing local charity we know that The Bell will be in safe hands for the future.’

Both local charities share a strong caring ethos and, following what has been a difficult time for Trustees at the Bell Memorial Home, it has resulted in a positive conclusion for all concerned. Guild Care will oversee the management of the home and provide a wide range of specialist support to enable the home and staff to more easily meet the challenges of a rapidly changing care climate. The home will add a different perspective, being a residential home, to Guild Care’s four care and nursing homes in the Worthing area.