Owners of a care group, with 13 residences throughout Surrey and South West London, have recently been announced as the winners of a prestigious national award – recognising the pair’s lifelong commitment to excellence in social care.
Liakat and Nazira Hasham, CEO & Founding Partner of CHD Living, have been named as the winners of the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ accolade at the Social Care Leadership Awards – telling the tale of their extraordinary journey from Ugandan refugees to owners of a multi-service care provider.
Liakat and Nazira embarked on their path towards founding CHD Living after having relocated to the UK from Uganda in 1972, where their shared desire to make a difference led to the establishment of the care group in 1984. Over the past three decades, they’ve transformed CHD Living into a family-owned organisation comprising twelve residential and nursing care facilities together with a Care at Home service. Family-owned and operated, the group works with a diverse range of care needs – from live-in companionship and mental health support to post-surgical care and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.
Since their arrival in the UK, the pair have dedicated their lives to helping others, with children Shaleeza and Shaheed also joining the third-generation family business. Committed to making a meaningful impact, their altruism extends to various community positions, where they have undertaken a range of charitable work alongside their career in the care sector. Liakat, for instance, has served as President of The Ismaili UK Community and sat on the board of refugee placement charity, Reset.
The family also founded the Adopt a Grandparent charity at the height of COVID-19 to help tackle loneliness among care residents, which has been recognised by CQC as an innovator in its field.
Their first single, 19-bed care home has become a multi-service care provider, with 16 registered services caring for over 700 people and employing 800 staff. Among its diverse range of services is one of Surrey’s largest homecare businesses, two state-of-the-art neurorehabilitation centres, and a home for young adults with enduring mental health issues. Their dedication has been recognised through a myriad of awards from the 2019 LaingBuisson Award for Outstanding Response to Covid-19, to The Surrey Care Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Liakat Hasham, commenting on their win, said:
“This award is a huge honour, and it humbles us greatly. Our life’s journey, like many, has been filled with challenges and triumphs. We have always strived to provide the highest quality of care and service, never losing sight of the core values that guide us in this mission. This award serves as a reminder that our efforts have not gone unnoticed and reinforces our resolve to continue providing exceptional care. We are extremely fortunate that our children will continue to improve the quality of life of the people we look after”.
Liakat continued: “We are deeply committed to enhancing the well-being of our residents and clients, and this award only strengthens our determination to create a positive and meaningful impact in the health and social care sector. We are inspired to continue our journey in service to others.”
The recognition of Mr and Mrs Hasham’s Lifetime Achievement Award aligns with another significant achievement within the Hasham family. Their daughter, Shaleeza Hasham, a director of CHD Living, has been nominated for the ‘One to Watch’ award in HealthInvestor’s ‘Power 50’ for the second consecutive year. This award celebrates the outstanding leaders in the health and social care industry, acknowledging their influence and impact.