When Ken Nolan founded Springhill Care Home in 1983 in Accrington, his intention was for the home to offer the highest level of personalised care and service, founded on core principles of putting people first and treating each person with kindness, respect, dignity and compassion. Those values have not changed.
The fulfilment of Ken’s dream was celebrated by friends, colleagues and special guests who had gathered for a surprise event to mark the 30th anniversary of the home’s founding.
The Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Judith Addison, was among the guests at the event, which included a Scottish piper and presentations by staff illustrating Ken’s – and Springhill’s – journey since 1983 to the award-winning organisation it has become.
Ken, of Whalley in the Ribble Valley, founded the business three decades ago when he left a nursing role with the NHS.
At 23 years old he acquired Springhill House, a restaurant, and adapted it to become a care home with just 23 residents. Soon after a further 16 beds were added followed by a further 40 bedroom extension in 1993.
Following a major redevelopment over the last four years, the home has now been transformed with 110 beds in total, and is part of an award winning care group which includes facilities in Skelmersdale and Bristol as well as Affinity Supporting People, a supported living service.
The Springhill Care Group employs more than 370 staff caring for more than 260 people, and recently was named the Service Business of the Year at the prestigious BIBA awards, testimony of the dedication of Ken and his team.
It is estimated that in its 30 year history, Springhill Care Home has cared for more than 2,000 residents.
Ken, who has also represented the care industry in a number of roles including as a founder and chair of the Lancashire Care Association, said the success of the last 30 years has been down to hard work by everyone involved.
He said: “It has been a long journey since we acquired Springhill House in 1983 and set about refurbishing and converting it. But Springhill Care Group’s mission is simple – to provide the best possible care and support for each person who chooses our service, ensuring we remain true to our core values and that people are always at the heart of everything we do.
“These celebrations mark an important milestone for me and for everyone who has played a role in Springhill Care Home. We are looking back over 30 years’ of caring for people, but also looking forwards.
“There is no greater calling than to be in a position to help those who are in need at that important stage in their life, with kindness, patience, dignity and compassion. We leave no stone unturned in doing that.
“We recognise that the key to providing quality care is quality staff, which is why we invest heavily in our staff as our most valuable asset. I consider myself privileged and blessed to work with such committed and dedicated people who share our core values and commitment to top quality person-centred care and support.
“Everyone who has played a part in this success should be very proud of the work they have done for this community, and I would like to say a huge thank you for everything we have achieved together so far and I look forward to continuing this work for many years to come.”
To view our 30th anniversary photo album on our Facebook page, click HERE