Our team at
Gracewell of Church Crookham

Part of the Care UK family

Part of the Care UK family |Trusted to care in Church Crookham, Hampshire


Meet our friendly care team

It is the people who make our home a truly happy and caring one, and at Gracewell of Church Crookham our experienced team of dedicated professionals all undergo our own in-depth training programme. The whole team works to make sure that residents' needs are at the heart of everything they do and that personalised care is provided.

Racquel Merdegia

General Manager

The team and I consider it a huge privilege to care for older people and are proud that their families trust us to care for them

This is a lovely friendly and happy home, with a great family atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you here soon.
Darwin Serrano
Head Chef
I firmly believed that resident's satisfaction and nutrition is the most important aspect of running a successful kitchen.

I firmly believed that resident's satisfaction and nutrition is the most important aspect of running a successful kitchen. I like to ensure that food that comes out of my kitchen is prepared and presented to the highest standard. I have plenty of extensive experience in fine dining, working for six years as a Sous Chef at teh famous Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane which gave me opportunity to cater to the Queen and Nelson Mandela, amongst other famous faces. I have also gained many years' experience working in five star hotels abroad and achieved numerous awards both here and in other countries. I also have experience in dealing with special diets as I have also worked as Head Chef for nine years at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Now, I am glad that I am part of the team here and I simply love looking after the residents. I always feel self-contentment whenever I do something for them because I do believe that food is one very important aspect of their well-being.

Jenny Walker
Home Administrator
I have been working at the home since a few months after opening.

I have been working at the home since a few months after opening. I have worked in most areas of the home, I started in housekeeping then I become a Hostessbefore joining the reception team. I love working here as we are such a close family, not only colleagues but the residents are part of that family. I am originally from Liverpool but moved to Germany as my husband was in the armed forces, we then were transferred to Church Crookham. When I started here I couldn’t have been made to feel any more welcome, and I am hoping to spend many more years here as it has become my second home.

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.


Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family. 


The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.


Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.

All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.