Hello, my name is Gary Candlish and I set up Ashdown Care Homes in 1992 with my wife Linda. We are both qualified nurses in learning disabilities and we met whilst working in a hospital. We realised that we could really make a huge difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities by supporting them within small, family style care homes within the community. We left our jobs at the NHS, moved into our first home and that’s how it all began. Now 24 years later, we are as passionate as ever about supporting people with learning disabilities to live a life of variety, fulfilment and enjoyment.