Hallmark Care Homes founder awarded CBE at Buckingham Palace

A Billericay businessman has been recognised for his services to social care as he received a CBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Avnish Goyal, chair of Care England and Hallmark Care Homes, was awarded a CBE in her late Majesty’s birthday honours list.

He was presented the title by the Princess Royal in a formal ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday (April 20).

Avnish, founder of family-run care provider Hallmark Care Homes, received the national honour for his services to social care and philanthropy.

He was also recogniseed for his work during the pandemic with the largest representative body for social care, Care England, The Care Workers Charity and volunteer-led initiative; Championing Social Care.

Avnish started his career in care in 1997, and became chair of Care England in 2015. 

In 2021, the Hallmark Care Homes Foundation, which he chairs, gave a three-year grant of £78,000 to support The Care Worker’s Charity’s mental health support service which enables care workers to access free counselling.

He also established the Care Sector Fundraising Ball in 2018, which is the only dedicated fundraising event for the sector. The sell-out event to date has raised £750,000 for care charities.

Avnish Goyal said: “I’m deeply humbled to be recognised by her Majesty, the Queen in her special Platinum jubilee year for my work in social care and philanthropy as we celebrate our own silver jubilee for Hallmark Care Homes.

“I joined the sector because I wanted to make a difference and I knew I had something to offer.

“Over that time, I’ve worked hard, with my brothers, to establish a care company we can be proud of by delivering high quality care to residents in beautifully designed award-winning care homes and driving quality and care standards in the sector.

“I have enjoyed working with Care England and numerous charities which support and promote our caring and committed workforce. I’m delighted that my work has been recognised at the highest level.

“I know that this honour will act as a further catalyst to take my work in social care and philanthropy to the next level.”

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