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Published: October 22, 2021 | Updated: October 22, 2021

“Very surprised and honoured” says Agincare founder about his lifetime achievement award

Derek Luckhurst, Founder and Chairman, Agincare, with his Lifetime Achievement Award.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

“It’s beyond extraordinary.

“A little boy from Littlemoor in Weymouth has done what so many people can only dream of.”

The words of Adam Luckhurst, Group Sales and Marketing Director of Portland-based care provider, Agincare.

He was paying tribute to his father, Derek Luckhurst, Agincare Chairman and Founder, after the 66-year-old was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

It was presented at the prestigious Leaders in Care Awards, held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham.

The ceremony celebrated the achievements of care providers nationwide.

It came as Agincare celebrated the 35th anniversary of Derek opening his first care home in Weymouth.

Since then Agincare has grown to be one of the largest independent care providers nationwide, delivering care from over 50 locations and employing 3,500 people.

The award was the last of the night and came as a surprise to Derek.

He was accompanied to the ceremony by Raina Summerson, Agincare’s Chief Executive, and other colleagues, including Adam.

Guest host Neil Eastwood, an international speaker and author, presented the award to Derek alongside Lee Peart, Editor of  Home Care Professional, and Sarah Clarke, Home Care Insight Editor.

She said: “It’s a great honour to be able to present our first Lifetime Achievement Award to Derek Luckhurst.

“Derek has dedicated 35 years of his life to the care sector and has grown Agincare to become one of the largest independent care providers in the UK.

“He is, therefore, a truly deserving recipient of this prestigious award.”

The awards event was held on the first night of The Care Show, the UK’s largest completely care focused event.

Leading sector figures were in attendance as Derek stepped on stage to accept the award.

He said: “I was really very surprised and honoured to receive a lifetime achievement award.

“I am grateful to the Leaders in Care Awards for recognising me in this way.

“I wouldn’t have achieved this if it wasn’t for our Chief Executive Raina Summerson.

“However, the implication that 35 years represents the totality of my working lifetime underestimates the amount of enthusiasm and energy I still have to grow Agincare further; and continue to make a positive difference to the sector and those we care for.

“We do an amazing job in this industry.

“Every single one of us should be proud of ourselves.

The awards are organised by Home Care Insight and Care Home Professional to  honour the sector’s finest examples of best practice, dedication and innovation.

Adam Luckhurst, pictured with Derek, said: “The story of Agincare was presented to the room.

“I live and breathe Agincare, but it’s only when you stop and listen do you fully appreciate the scale of what this man has achieved.

“It’s beyond extraordinary.

“A little boy from Littlemoor in Weymouth has done what so many people can only dream of.

In 1986 Derek Luckhurst started his first care home – Agincourt – in Weymouth, Dorset.

The Luckhurst family lived on site, and Derek got to know care inside-out by delivering it on a day-to-day basis.

His vision was to create a new style of care home, that offered high-quality personalised care and facilities at an affordable price.

Building on Agincourt’s good local reputation, Derek created independent care provider Agincare to deliver home care, and manage a growing number of care and nursing homes.

In 1994 Agincare was one of the very first care providers in the country to be awarded a local authority block contract.

It now has over 70 public sector contracts nationwide.

Agincare has continued to expand over the years, working with local authorities and introducing new services.

These include live-in care, home care, extra care and support for younger adults, alongside a growing network of over 20 care homes nationwide.

Agincare is still family-run, with its head office based on Portland in Dorset.