Barrie's life fell into two main parts. His early to middle life of action: growing, learning and developing, achieving and providing for others, teaching, preaching, pastoring, leading. And his later life of memory loss, when he was mainly dependent on others for care and support. In this later period (more than 25 years) he spent time in various care homes, first for respite care and then from 2010 as a full-time resident. Vale House was the last of these care homes, the one in which he died, and is quite different to the others. Part of this is the sense of space and light in its architectural design. But most significant is the quality of personal recognition that the staff give to the residents, a rare degree of honouring and respect for the people they still are, even with their capacities so much diminished.
To reflect these two parts of Barrie's life, we suggest that those who wish to make a donation in his memory choose one of two different causes: either to the chapel refurbishment fund of Regent's Park College, the community to which Barrie dedicated his working life; or to Vale House, the care home in which he died. This site is for donations to Vale House.
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