Richard and Emily Magrath, married couple and business owners from Bangor, County Down, dedicate their lives to providing care. So much so that, on Tuesday the 5th of December, they put on a festive bonanza for their team of carers and their families, to thank them for all of their hard work in caring for the clients at Caremark Belfast and North Down.

‘Caremark’s Big Christmas Party’ event was funded completely by Richard and Emily. Caremark’s team of carers, the head office and operational team as well as their friends and family were invited to enjoy a whole host of festive fun! Children got to meet the big man himself – Santa Claus – with each and every child receiving a gift. There was also festive face painting, a ‘write a letter to Santa’ station, a bouncy castle, enough food for everyone and even a ‘Santa Sleigh Ride’ for all!

Richard and Emily, who have run in-home care business, Caremark in Belfast and North Down since May 2013, invest a considerable amount of time and resources into making sure their team of carers and office staff who work with them feel valued, supported and appreciated.

“We value our wonderful care workers because of the incredible work they do. They go above and beyond for our clients and Christmas is an important time to thank them for their passion and dedication. Hosting this Christmas party is the least that we could do for such an exceptional team and we hope it went some way to demonstrate how much we appreciate them all.

“Being a carer is an amazing thing to do. It’s not easy and we have such admiration for each and every member of our team. We have a duty of care to those who choose to make caring for others their vocation in life. After all, without our wonderful care workers, where would we be?” explained Managing Director, Richard Magrath.

Christmas isn’t the only time that this community minded couple – who are both key members of their local church and support charities and food banks – show love for their team.

“Throughout the year, we plan ‘Pamper Days’ for our carers who go above and beyond for our clients. Over the course of a couple of days, they can come into the office and select any beauty treatment they want – whether that be a facial, a manicure, a massage – and we cover the cost completely. We’re planning one of these Pamper Days for the 21st and 22nd of December, to give our team a chance to relax before Christmas. Many don’t get the big day off, so it’s our way of saying thank you. Looking after our team in this way leads to a better quality of care, as you can imagine, and means we run Caremark Belfast and North Down like a family, not a business,” said Emily.

Sadly, Emily lost her own Mother to cancer when she was just 17. This evoked a passion for the care sector, with Emily previously having worked with Action Cancer, before Richard and Emily chose to run an in-home care business together. The couple, who have three young sons of their own, also hope to invest more time into further training schemes on offer to their team and plan to initiate comprehensive training programmes for their care workers from the new year.

Image attached: Richard with carers and their children at the 'Caremark's Big Christmas Party' event
Images available: Numerous images, including photos from the Caremark Belfast and North Down Christmas Party, ‘Pamper Days’ and a photo of Richard, Emily and their three sons - Zac, 5, Oliver, 9, Charlie 12.
If you would like any more information, or would like to speak with Richard and Emily directly, please contact Kelly Ayres on 07895 876745

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About Caremark

Caremark is the UK's largest privately owned care franchise with a turnover of £65m. We are a leading home care provider with over 100 offices in the UK and Ireland. We support over 6000 customers and employ more than 5400 carers who deliver on average, over 96,000 hours of care, every single week, across the UK.

Established in 2005, we are proud to be a wholly UK owned and operated home care franchise which has an established and successful UK based network. 43% of Caremark franchisees are female, which is almost double the national franchising average. It's a figure we are really proud of. Not only that, but a large proportion of our management team are women, including our Managing Director, Finance Director, National Operations Manager and National Training Manager.

The UK has an ageing population which is estimated to grow some 58% in the next 20 years. As the demand for more complex and highly professional levels of care increases, we continue to provide a quality service to those in need of help and support. There is also a developing awareness that care at home can benefit not only those individuals in need but the hospitals and other organisations that are also responsible for looking after them.