MEDIA RELEASE October 24, 2022

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Balhousie Stormont Kicks Off New Sponsorship Deal of Blairgowrie football club

Leading care provider Balhousie Care Group is getting onside with Blairgowrie Junior Football Club following a newly agreed sponsorship deal.

Balhousie and its popular care home in Blairgowrie is funding the kit for the Blair Junior League team in the latest in a series of community partnerships for the award-winning group.

“We are committed to real community involvement for our residents and our staff,” said Jules Ritchie-Urry, Home Manager at Balhousie Stormont Lodge care home in Blairgowrie. “Our philosophy at Balhousie Care Group is that care homes are a vital and active part of the community, which is why we are delighted to support Blairgowrie Junior Football Club.”

This sponsorship deal is a huge boost for the club, especially as, since Covid, it has become a continual battle to raise enough funds. “We’ve got a great team of lads at the moment with a hard-working Committee and we want to provide the best for them,” says Dennis Elder, President of Blairgowrie FC. “Getting new kit is essential. We are really grateful to Balhousie, Jules and her team.”

The sponsorship of Blair Junior FC marks the latest in several new partnerships this year for the multi-award-winning Balhousie Care Group, which operates 26 care facilities in six regions of Scotland. A leader in older person and specialist care, Balhousie’s other sponsorships include backing blind golfer Barry McCluskey, Arbroath Bowling Club and Crieff Highland Gathering.

Blairgowrie Junior Football Club was formed immediately after the Second World War and currently plays Midlands League at Tier 6 of the Scottish FA’s Pyramid. It has won an impressive 58 trophies and championships, and more than 50 players have gone on to sign for senior clubs – including some who have played in Scottish and FA Cup finals, and in high-profile European ties.

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4: L to R – Lawrie Mitchell, Jules Ritchie-Urry (Manager Balhousie Stormont Lodge care home), James Simpson

8: L to R – James Simpson, Jules Ritchie-Urry (Manager Balhousie Stormont Lodge care home), Lawrie Mitchell

Group photo: L to R – Mark Brash (Manager Blairgowrie Junior FC), Lawrie Mitchell, Jules Ritchie-Urry (Manager Balhousie Stormont Lodge care home), James Simpson and Dennis Elder (President of Blairgowrie Junior FC). Photo by Graeme Hart, Perthshire Picture Agency.

Notes to Editors

About Balhousie Care Group

Balhousie Care Group was formed 30 years ago to fill a gap in quality residential care in North East Scotland. Today, with 26 homes in the area, it is one of the leading providers of care for the elderly in Scotland, providing care to almost 1000 residents.

Owned by AcalisCare, Balhousie Care prides itself on its person-centred approach to care. Putting people right at the forefront of everything they do; it’s inclusive of everyone. They capture this philosophy through the roll out of ‘Together We’re Great’, an initiative which recognises the skills, talents, attributes and support areas for each and every person involved in the organisation. Together We’re Great aims to value individuality and promote excellence across the organisation.

A Participation Charter – a first-of-its-kind in the care home sector – commits to residents getting a bigger say than ever in the care they receive, from writing care home policies to recruiting staff.

Balhousie Care Group is the recipient of numerous awards. These include three Scottish Care Awards, a

Blairgowrie Junior FC sponsored by Balhousie Care Group, pictured from left, Lawrie Mitchell, Jules Ritchie-Urry (Manager Balhousie Stormont Lodge care home) and James Simpson.
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2021 Great British Care Award, a 2022 s1Jobs Shine Award, 2019 Growth Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards and 2019 Growth Business of the Year in the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce STAR Awards.