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Morris Care - Transfer of Operations
10 Jan 2023

All six Morris Care nursing homes will be operated by Welford Healthcare from January 9th, 2023 under a transfer of operations, including Isle Court (pictured) and Radbrook in Shrewsbury

Six Morris Care homes across Shropshire and Cheshire - including two in Shrewsbury - are to be run by Welford Healthcare, following a transfer of operations. 

From January 9th, the homes will be operated by the St Albans based provider of healthcare services, which has an existing portfolio of 13 quality homes across the country. 

A statement from Morris & Company released this week, announced that it is retaining a meaningful investment in Impact Healthcare REIT plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange and acquires freehold interests in high quality real estate which includes Welford as a current tenant.

Bosses say the move will enable Morris & Company to further invest in the healthcare sector and it is already planning new nursing home builds as part of its property growth plans. Property has been the backbone of this fifth generation, family-owned business for over 100 years, which spans property development, construction, portfolio management and a growing holiday rentals business.

They are keen to reassure residents and families that they will see little day to day change, since the entire Morris Care team of 560 will continue to trade as Morris Care, under the leadership of the current Chief Executive, Lucy Holl.

Robin Morris, Chairman of Morris & Company, said: “This strategic move follows many decades of significant investment in Morris Care which has built the business to its award-winning position today.  We are confident the transfer to Welford Healthcare as the new operator, will ensure the continued high quality of care our residents have come to expect, whilst assisting our family company to make long term investments to meet our future aspirations.  

“It is the dedication and professionalism of our outstanding care team that has ensured the Morris Care service, care and culture is of the highest standard. I should like to take this opportunity to thank Chief Executive Lucy Holl and every single member of the Care team for their hard work and wish them continued success going forward.”

Pete Madden at Welford Healthcare added: “As we continue to implement our acquisition strategy focused on high-quality, well-performing care homes, we are delighted to welcome the Morris Care homes into Welford.  We look forward to starting work with the team and resident communities.”  

Morris & Company were advised by Knight Frank London office, Edwin Coe LLP of 2 Stone Buildings Lincoln’s Inn, London and WR Partners, Shrewsbury office.  Julian Evans, Knight Frank’s Head of Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to have advised Morris Care on their best-in-class care home portfolio. The quality of the six care homes are a credit to the Morris family and it is pleasing to know the homes will be operated under the excellent management of Welford Healthcare.”