Cel­e­brat­ing 30 years with help for 30 char­i­ties

Care agency of­fers sup­port to a va­ri­ety of groups

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

was one

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

Scrivener.

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