Rossendale Free Press

Family sell nursing home to care firm

- STUART PIKE @stuartpike­78

AN iconic care home is changing hands after being in the same family for 35 years.

Business property adviser Christie & Co has announced the sale of Crawshaw Hall Nursing Home and Medical Centre, located on Burnley Road, Crawshawbo­oth.

Sitting in a magnificen­t late Georgian era mansion, the nursing home was opened by Harry and Eileen Karoo in 1987 and provides specialise­d care to people aged 50 and over who suffer from a wide range of psychologi­cal illnesses. Crawshaw Hall Medical Centre was later opened in spring 1995 and was designed to provide nursing and residentia­l care to young adults over 18 with medical and/ or physical disabiliti­es.

Sold to Constantia Care Homes for an undisclose­d price, the business was brought to market by Harry, Eileen and their son, Marc. Harry and Eileen plan to retire and registered care manager Marc will continue to work at the home to ensure a smooth transfer.

The new owners are part of the Constantia Healthcare Group, which currently operates two homes in Middlesbro­ugh and Queens Lodge in Blackburn.

Marc said: “We wish Constantia every success in the continuati­on of running Crawshaw Hall, which has an amazing set of hard working and loyal staff who shall continue to make Crawshaw Hall the excellent home for people in the local community that require dementia, general nursing and residentia­l care.”

The Grade II-listed mansion was built in the 1830s by John Brooks, a printer and quarry owner, standing over five acres of landscaped gardens set at the edge of 27 acres of forest

land overlookin­g Limy Water. It underwent a major refurbishm­ent in 2016 thanks to funding from NatWest Bank, with an extension providing spacious luxury accommodat­ion for people with medical and physical disabiliti­es.

Anthony Massouras, managing director of Constantia Care Homes, said: “Crawshaw Hall is a wellmanage­d

and establishe­d nursing home with a good reputation for looking after elderly people requiring nursing and or special needs care. The home’s location is ideally suited to Constantia’s growth plans in the north west.”

Legal support for the seller was provided by Richard Robinson and his team at Napthens Solicitors, and

Clarions Solicitors in Leeds advised the buyer. Financial support was provided by Nash Business Capital.

Jonathan Wickens, director – healthcare at Christie & Co, said: “Crawshaw Hall is a fantastic facility providing a wide range of care services and has a ‘Good’ rating with CQC. It has been a pleasure working with Marc and his parents on this sale.”

 ?? ?? ●●Marc Karoo outside Crawshaw Hall Nursing Home in Crawshawbo­oth
●●Marc Karoo outside Crawshaw Hall Nursing Home in Crawshawbo­oth

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