Mears the UK's largest provider of social housing repairs and maintenance and a major player in home care and support services employing 207 local people in Lisburn, Belfast and South Down are celebrating their 25th birthday.
To mark the occasion the Mears road show rolled into town last week hosting a special lunch with prizes where service users, their families and employees gathered to enjoy the celebrations.
Mears Group began life as a small, private building contractor in 1988 and now employs 16,000 people working in communities across the country - from inner city estates to remote rural villages.
As it was carers week Mears invited families along with full time carers and also organised accessible transport for two customers who had not been out of the house since Christmas.
Any carer attending on the day of the Red Thread Tour was invited to put their name in a pot for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Marion English one of Mears' longest serving carers deservedly won first prize a weekend for two including an evening meal with 2nd prize of a £50.00 fuel voucher going to Josie Sloan.
Joan Telford, Branch Manager, Mears Lisburn said; 'This was a fantastic event to celebrate Mears' 25th birthday at the same time as carer's week. We were able to honour our care workers and share the day with our service users who enjoyed every single minute.'
One service user, Mrs Margaret Jess gave a short but very emotional speech saying 'Thank you so much to everybody from Mears for the great carers I have. I just couldn't do without them and thank you for arranging to bring us here today, I haven't been over my door since Christmas and I can't tell you how much it means to me to be here. Thanks everybody for the lovely lunch'
The road show is touring the UK which began at John O Groats, Scotland on 29th May and ends at Penzance on 8th August.