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Turning 40 is a big deal and normally involves celebrations centred around the birthday boy or girl. But local man, Stuart Hasler, who has physical and learning disabilities, decided that his 40th birthday would be a great way to raise money for charities dear to his heart.

After weeks of planning, Stuart’s birthday party was held at the Park Avenue Disability Centre in Enfield. Always thinking of others, Stuart decided that as part of his celebrations, he would run a raffle and donate the proceeds to two worthy causes: Albany Leisure Centre, specifically in their drive to help disabled residents to access the gym and TODOS Together UK, who support homeless people across London.

Together with his Caremark carer, Tilly, Stuart sold raffle tickets for £2 each in the run up to the big day. Over 25 friends joined Stuart to celebrate his big 4-0, including members from his two chosen charities.

“I am happy and proud to support my two charities – it’s important to try to help others whenever you can isn’t it? I had a great time at my party and want to thank everyone who made it such a special day for me. Especially my wonderful carer, Tilly,” said Stuart.

Stuart lives in Enfield with his beloved cat Mittens – the pair are both devoted Arsenal supporters! For help with day-to-day life, he receives in-home visits from local care provider, Caremark. For the last six months, Stuart and his carer, Tilly, have built up a strong friendship. As well as working for Caremark, Tilly also volunteers for TODOS Together UK. The 30 year-old care worker says she felt rather emotional when Stuart told her that he would like to split the proceeds of his raffle between Albany Leisure Centre and TODOS Together UK.

“I’m so proud of Stuart, he’s been organising for months and has planned everything himself. He’s so caring and always thinking of others – as you can see by his idea to make his own birthday something for charity! I love working with Stuart, he has such a positive outlook despite his own struggles and we always end up having a laugh about something.”

Collected in style by a Limousine, Stuart looked every inch the dapper gent in his brand new suit – shirt freshly ironed days in advance by Tilly! At the party, guests enjoyed food, a DJ and even a home-made piñata – all organised by the birthday boy himself.

Joe Daly, Managing Director of Caremark, Enfield, pledged to match Stuart’s donations to both organisations: “Stuart was kind enough to invite me along to his birthday – I had a wonderful time! He’s a remarkable man and we’re incredibly proud to be able to support his amazing efforts.”

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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.