A Trafford-based care home business celebrated it’s 30th birthday with a garden party for residents and their families.

The Knoll Care Partnership is a family-run business that launched in 1988, with the opening of The Knoll care home in the heart of Urmston.

James Callaghan founded the business with his wife Madeleine managing the care home – a welcoming two floored Victorian building set in its own grounds.

Thirty years later, The Knoll continues to thrive. Last weekend it marked its 30th birthday with a party in the gardens of the care home with residents, their families, and staff celebrating in the glorious sunshine.

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The garden party brought residents and their families together to enjoy the sunshine and festivities.

In the intervening years, the business has expanded, with a second site - The Fairways in Flixton - opening in 1989 and extended in 1991 to create a second 20 bedroom facility.

James and Madeleine were soon joined in the business by eldest son Matthew and his wife Jayne in 1992.

With live music, games, and dancing, the company’s 30th birthday bash was a roaring success. Attended by over 80 people of all ages, with children enjoying splashing in the paddling pools and adults sipping on Pimm’s or chilled wine to cool down.

Families spent time with their loved ones, with party-goers tucking into a fantastic buffet, and burgers and sausages hot off the barbecue.

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Residents enjoyed a buffet, drinks and entertainment in the care home gardens. 

The air was filled with laughter as jokes and anecdotes from 30 years in the caring industry were shared.

Claire Callaghan, James and Madeline’s daughter who currently manages The Knoll, said the party was like a big family get-together.

She said: “It was a wonderful day for all involved. Leading up to the day our residents enjoyed the preparations, making banners for display and reminiscing by looking at old photos of the homes, residents and care team.

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The Knoll Care Partnership began business in Trafford in 1988 with their first care home, The Knoll, set in the heart of Urmston. 

“It was particularly lovely to see so many of our wonderful team come along and bring their own families - truly embodying the family ethos we stand by.

“We are excited to be taking these values forward with us and look forward to our next 30 years, particularly as we welcome our new home at Bowfell House.”

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In autumn 2019, the partnership will further expand with the opening of Bowfell House, a new 40 bed care home on Bowfell Road, Urmston.

Bowfell House, a new 40 bed care home on the grounds of the former Flixton library in Bowfell Road, Urmston, will open in autumn 2019.

A family business, the company continues to be run by the founders’ family including daughter Claire, sons Andrew and Matthew and daughter-in-law Jayne.