The CEO of a care group is marking three decades in a business that he inherited from his late mother who he says was ‘his inspiration’.

The Care Home Garforth was founded by Albert and Andrea Lee in 1967, and their son, Graeme Lee, has grown the business into Springfield Healthcare, a leading provider of luxury care homes. The company now has three generations of the Lee family involved in the running of the business which now employs nearly 700 staff.

CEO of the group, Graeme Lee took the reins of the family business in 1994 after his mother, a former nurse passed away when there was just one care home in place. Shortly after, Graeme acquired the site for the group’s second care home, Seacroft Grange, before his father died.  Today, the group comprises of 7 care homes across Yorkshire, including Harcourt Gardens in Harrogate.

With over 55 years’ experience of providing quality care into local communities, Springfield Healthcare is showing no signs of slowing down and will shortly begin work on a £15 million pound transformation of Grove House, a grade two listed building on Skipton Road, Harrogate.

CEO of Springfield Healthcare, Graeme Lee said, “It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since my dear mother passed – she was and still is my inspiration.

“Prior to her passing, her and my father had already spent 20 years building a successful care home, so I wanted to do them proud and grow the family-business.

“I grew up in the first care home my parents founded so I was well versed in the kind of care my parents and staff provided to older people. I knew I wanted to carry this forward and create care homes in the heart of communities that really make a difference and have a positive impact on the wellbeing of older people.”