Celebrating 30 years with help for 30 charities
Care agency offers support to a variety of groups
Universal Care, based in Windsor End, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, chairman and founder Peter Cullimore has decided to give a cash donation to 30 local and national charities as well as allowing each of the charities free use of its conference room on the Thursday during its allocated week to use as it wishes.
Universal Care will be supporting a different charity each week from April 4 to October 28.
Mr Cullimore said: “During the last 30 years, many people in Beaconsfield and the surrounding areas have given us the privilege of either being able to care for them or for their loved ones in their own homes. I feel that our 30th birthday gives us the opportunity to be giving something back to the community.”
Last year memorable
a for Universal Care because it was able to help a record number of clients, it became wholly owned by a charitable trust and it was honoured by the presence of the HRH the Duke of Gloucester at its annual garden party.
Mr Cullimore added: “I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make 2016, our 30th anniversary, just as memorable, but for very different reasons.”
Universal Care was set up in 1986 by Mr Cullimore and his late wife Gillian.
Mr Cullimore was concerned that the only option for many elderly people was to move into a residential home.
He felt forcing people to leave their homes just because they required care was both inconsiderate and unnecessary.
Mr Cullimore said: “Universal Care started off because my wife’s mother was being cared for by an agency which enabled her to stay at home and have live-in care.
“It was a real sense of relief because we were not getting the almost daily phone calls that something had gone wrong, she was happy and we were happy. That agency was not badly organised, but we thought we could do it better.
“I worked for the electricity board at the time and it was changing and becoming more bureaucratic, and I felt I needed a change, so we went for it.
“We started with virtually nothing and we had to build it up into a small business. In the first few years we had about a dozen carers, we have 170 now.
“I think the secret to our success is the selection of our staff and carers, they are wonderful.”
Mr Cullimore is hoping Universal Care will continue to grow and continue to be successful for the next 30 years and beyond.
He added: “What we’ve been trying to do for the last few years is to change the business into a form that’ll continue even when I’m no longer around. We’ve appointed a managing director and a non-executive director, who we hope will continue the business into the future.”
So far Universal Care has confirmed 28 of the 30 charities it plans to support.
The Examiner/Advertiser will feature each of Universal Care’s chosen charities each week, starting with Heart of Bucks in next week’s paper.
Chairman of Universal Care Peter Cullimore and Managing Director Trudi