Carefest has frontline staff of Sheffield clapping along

On Monday 26th July, care workers, their families, NHS staff and frontline workers came together at Thorncliffe Business Park in Chapeltown to celebrate their collective achievements and unwavering commitment to their community over the last 18 months. Hosted by Dan Archer, Managing Director of in-home care provider Visiting Angels, the ‘Carefest’ event evoked a festival feeling and a new opportunity to get clapping – complete with live sound stage, a hog roast and a beer and gin tent.

“It’s the least I could do to thank my wonderful staff and devoted members of the community that have kept the elderly and vulnerable people living in Sheffield and the surrounding areas safe throughout the pandemic. I’ve always felt passionately that hard work should be rewarded but I honestly don’t feel this event could even come close to showing how appreciative we all are of their efforts. But it was certainly a fantastic day and my way of saying thank you!”

With four live music acts, food trucks and a real family-fun feel, the day was a much-needed celebration for Dan’s carers – called Angels – and their families. Dan also extended the invitation to all local NHS and frontline staff, including the team working all hours at the local vaccination centre, the Octagon Centre. A small fee was charged for drinks and food, with all funds going to two worthy charities - NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.

“We raised £2,000 in just one afternoon! The event was originally scheduled for 5th July, on NHS Social Care & Frontline Workers' Day, but the delay to the lifting of lockdown restrictions meant that we decided to delay until such a time that everyone could get involved and really let their hair down. I was so proud to see everyone having such a good time,” added Dan.

Joan Hancock, one of Dan’s Angels, was one of the 280 people that attended the party on Monday afternoon. “Me and my husband both had a fabulous time! It was great to feel truly appreciated and celebrated after what has been an unquestionably challenging time. I also valued spending time with my fellow carers – it really feels like I’m part of a family,” explained Joan.

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For more information or to speak with Dan Archer, please contact Kelly Ayres on 07895 876745 or
Image attached: A variety of images taken at Carefest.

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About Visiting Angels

In 2017, the Visiting Angels brand came to the UK under the expert leadership of Dan Archer. A franchise veteran and passionate ambassador for quality care at home, Dan launched the first UK office in October 2017. In less than 12 months, Visiting Angels Sheffield proved to be one of our most successful new franchises. Ever. Dan and his team were awarded ‘Best International Office’ at our 2018 Annual Conference in recognition of their exceptional performance and commitment to the Visiting Angels UK mission. Most care businesses, and in turn, most care franchises, will tell you that they put their clients first. And whilst we don’t disagree with the sentiment, we take a slightly different view on how to achieve it. We believe that to truly be successful in this pursuit, and to change the future of social care in the UK, we must actually put our carers at the heart of the business. For without them, there is no business. We describe this approach as "carer-centric".

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