Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield wins West Midlands Domestic Cleaning Company of the Year 2023/24

Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield has won the esteemed Central England Prestige award for West Midlands Domestic Cleaning Company of the Year 2023/24.

Hot on the heels of winning ServiceMaster Ltd’s coveted award of excellence in March, Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield has proven its commitment to excellence by winning West Midlands Domestic Cleaning Company of the Year 2023/24 at the Central England Prestige Awards.

This blog post has all the details.


About the awards

In 2018, Corporate LiveWire introduced regional awards to recognise small, independent businesses that are extremely successful locally.

All shortlisted companies in the Prestige Awards are asked to support their nomination with evidence of their work, positive feedback from their clients, information on previous accreditation and recognition and highlighting the most outstanding parts of their businesses.

The judging panel then bases their decisions upon areas like:

  • Service Excellence
  • Quality of the product/service provided
  • Innovative practices
  • Value
  • Ethical or sustainable methods of working
  • Consistency in performance

The winners selected are those who can best demonstrate their strengths in these areas.


Victory to Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield

As purveyors of excellence, Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield were recognised for excellence in all of the above and was awarded West Midlands Domestic Cleaning Company of the Year 2023/24, collected by staff member Mandy.
This incredible honour highlights their outstanding growth, with a 35% increase in business last year alone, as their commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction remains unwavering.
For 25 years, they’ve been delivering exceptional cleaning services to our loyal customers, some of whom have been with them from the beginning, while the dedicated team, led by Helen Bielby and Becky Hewitt, works tirelessly to ensure every home shines with perfection.
“Thank you to our amazing customers for your trust and loyalty. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we’re proud to serve you with the highest standards of cleaning,” said Helen and Becky

Need a reliable cleaner?

If you’re in Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas and would benefit from professional, award-winning and reliable cleaning services from your local experts, call Helen and Becky on 0121 313 1005, book online, or nationwide, find your nearest Merry Maids business today.

Merry Maids are in Leicester!

Meet the owner of the brand-new Merry Maids business in Leicester.

Need a cleaner in Leicester?

Merry Maids has expanded into Leicester and the surrounding areas under the expert supervision of Rachel Mullaney.

We sat down with Rachel to chat about how her experience working for Merry Maids’ franchisor, ServiceMaster Ltd, has informed her expert leadership and cleaning services.


About Rachel Mullaney

Rachel has opened her brand-new Merry Maids business after working for ServiceMaster Ltd. as a Contact Centre Manager since 2022.

In this role, she became accustomed to the Merry Maids brand, its processes and what it takes to run a thriving home cleaning business.

Now, with the support of ServiceMaster and operating out of their head office in Leicester, Rachel is bringing Merry Maids’ trademark cleaning excellence to the area like never before!


What Merry Maids can do for you

Whether customers need a:

Rachel and her team of professional cleaning experts will be on hand to handle the cleaning so they can focus on what matters most to them.

Rachel says she is thrilled to be opening Merry Maids Leicester and for what the future brings:

“I am really excited to have been given the opportunity to start Merry Maids Leicester. I can’t wait to get out into the Leicestershire area, show them what Merry Maids is made of and deliver the exceptional service that sets us out from the rest.”

Vikki Donnachie, Merry Maids Brand Leader, adds:

“I’m very excited to be launching Leicester. Rachel and the team are very motivated and excited to be able to trial new initiatives through our company-owned location before rolling them out to the rest of the network. Good things are coming in Leicester!”


Need a cleaner in Leicester?

If you’re in Leicester and the surrounding areas and would benefit from professional cleaning services from a worldwide industry leader of over 30 years, delivered by local professionals, contact Rachel and her team on 0116 275 9055 or book online.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest Merry Maids business now to see how we can help you today.

Why hire a professional cleaner for a moving-out clean?

Moving on out? Don’t let the cleaning stop you in your tracks with a moving-out clean.

Moving home is widely agreed upon to be one of life’s most stressful experiences.

In fact, according to Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of charity Anxiety UK,

“Most of us like familiarity, routine and order. When you’re moving, you have none of those.”

So, why on Earth would you add to that stress by cleaning the whole house yourself?

Though it is a further expense, there are several benefits to hiring a professional home cleaning service for a moving-out cleaning – which our experts have put together in this handy blog post.


  1. Saving you time and energy

Hiring a professional for a moving-out clean saves you time and energy better spent on the other strenuous tasks required to move home.

Let’s face it, when moving, you’re being pulled in multiple directions, and you have a million jobs to do; the last thing you want is to clean the house from top to bottom.

Especially when moving has been linked to high levels of stress and fatigue that can often lead to sleep deprivation.

Your body could likely do with a break.

Whether giving you time to focus on other jobs or to take the strain off, the time you save with a professional cleaner is the time you get back!

It leaves you one less thing to worry about, relieving some of the heavy mental burdens we carry when moving home.


  1. Bespoke cleaning

Professional cleaners like Merry Maids UK have the tools, insurance, expertise and skills to deliver a premium service with every moving-out clean.

So, you know you’re in safe hands.

We account for your needs and priorities for the property and work to that in the time that suits you best.

Whatever time is available to you, we can support you with whatever helps you the most.

Even if that means working around moving companies, we’re used to working with third parties on moving days.

Be it the whole house, or specific rooms that you want to ensure are sparkling or to top up cleaning you’ve already done yourself.

Whether it’s a full spring clean well ahead of the move or a quick top and tail on the day, we will be there to handle whatever you need at a time that suits you.

So, if you’ve packed your vacuum and cleaning supplies in a box to be moved, we’ll be there on your moving day with our bespoke products and equipment to ensure you leave your home sparkling clean.

Often operating in teams and trained in efficiency while maintaining the best results, a professional cleaner is also likely to cultivate a higher standard of cleaning in a shorter time than can be achieved on your own.


  1. A proper send-off

For many of us, a home is something to take pride in – and that doesn’t change just because you’ve moved.

As Debbie Walker from Merry Maids of Croydon can attest.

She says for her customers who have benefitted from moving cleaning, it helps them leave their home – which they have poured so much love and care into over the years – in a state that feels appropriate and (dare we say) respectful.

Which is why her team call them “courtesy cleans”.

With a professional cleaner, you’re working alongside people you can trust to deliver reliable service when you need it most.

It’s also an emotional time particularly, given the attachment we may have to a property.,

After all, home is where the heart is.

In that sense, a professional moving-out cleaning may be your way of caring for the home you love and giving it a proper send-off.


Need a professional moving out clean?

Whether for emotional, practical or well-being purposes, there are many reasons to hire a professional cleaner before your move.

If you’re moving home and would benefit from the support of professionals with over 40 years of experience delivering premium home cleaning across the UK, find your nearest Merry Maids business or book online today.

Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington raises £2,000 for local charity through 24-hour sponsored walk

Richard Wall, owner of Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington has completed a 24-hour walk for local charity Tree of Hope in aid of Help For Grace.

How do 24 hours on a treadmill sound?

Gruelling and difficult? But worth it.

Richard Wall, the owner of Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington can attest to the above.

He has undertaken a 24-hour walk to fundraise for Hope for Grace and Tree of Hope.

This blog post has all the details.


Grace’s Story

Hope for Grace is a charity local to Bromley and Orpington set up by a family seeking to support their daughter Grace, who is living with a rare and difficult health condition.

When Grace was just 5½ months old, she had he first full tonic-clonic seizure in her cot at home.

Within a matter of weeks, Grace had a further six seizures of unusual lengths.

All with no discernible cause, even after numerous blood tests, a CT scan, and a lumbar puncture procedure.

Further in-depth testing revealed that Grace had a mutation of the gene RHOBTB2 (c.1448G>A).

This gene has recently been linked to epilepsy, and Grace is only one of approx. 38 people diagnosed worldwide may be only the third in the UK.

There is not much current medical literature on the gene, but it could mean Grace may never walk or talk and have limited comprehension.


Fundraising for Hope for Grace and Tree of Hope

Grace’s family started Hope for Grace to try and give her every opportunity to thrive by fundraising to provide specialist and intensive physiotherapy to reach milestones like sitting, weight bearing on her legs, standing, and walking.

They also aim to provide her with special equipment and aids to enhance her home environment and any necessary adaptations to their house as Grace grows older.

Tree of Hope was founded in 1992, to help children like Grace who need funded healthcare support and don’t always receive it from the NHS.

Facilitated by the team at his local PureGym, Richard has raised over £2000 for Grace and Tree of Hope by walking on a treadmill for 24 hours in one stint – the equivalent of around 85 miles.

Richard’s fundraising will partly help the Tree of Hope cover their core operating costs.

And, they will also help Grace and her family with physiotherapy and equipment to help Grace live her life with the best possible support.

Upon completing the walk, Richard said:

“It’s been a long old shift. But I’d like to thank PureGym [London Orpington] and Merry Maids UK for all their support.”


Need a new cleaner?

Are you in Bromley, Orpington and the surrounding areas?

Contact Richard and his team today on 01689 83 0000 for professional home cleaning services from your local experts.

Or nationwide, find your nearest Merry Maids business or book online today.

Merry Maids of Sutton Coldfield Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Merry Maids of Sutton Coldfield is celebrating a quarter of a century of exceptional cleaning as a community-conscious family business.

For a quarter of a century, Merry Maids of Sutton Coldfield has been at the forefront of the cleaning industry, bringing joy and cleanliness to homes across Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth, Walsall, North Birmingham, and beyond.

What began as a vision to provide exceptional cleaning services with a personal touch has blossomed into a legacy of trust, dedication, and excellence.

Led by co-owners Helen Bielby and Becky Hewitt, the business’s team of skilled professionals work tirelessly to ensure that every home they touch shines.


The History of Merry Maids of Sutton Coldfield

The business is a family affair for Helen and Becky.

Helen’s parents purchased the business in 1999 after her parents had owned a ServiceMaster Clean business under the same franchisor for nearly 2 decades.

At the time, Helen was at university and would support the cleaning and running of the business on her break days.

When Helen’s mum passed away suddenly in 2010, Helen had to take on responsibility for Merry Maids. She also needed help to run the ServiceMaster Clean business with her father.

But Helen knew she couldn’t sustain and grow both businesses, quickly realising that she and her dad needed a secretary to help with the administration of the businesses.

Luckily, she learned from a friend that Becky was looking for a new challenge and wanted to join the team to help run the businesses.

So, when it came time for Helen’s father to sell the business, he suggested that Helen and Becky take it over together.

And the rest, as they say, is history!


Family Matters

Since 1999, the team have remained steadfast in their commitment to delivering high standards and customer satisfaction.

As Helen says:

“At Merry Maids of Sutton Coldfield, we are more than just a cleaning service – we are a family.

Our journey over the past 25 years has been marked by the strong bonds we’ve formed with our team members and customers.

Throughout our 25 years of service, our customers have always been at the heart of everything we do.

We are deeply grateful for the trust and loyalty they have shown us over the years.

Whether it’s a regular cleaning service, a one-off deep clean, or a special occasion clean, we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations at every step.”


For the community, for the future

As a locally owned and operated business, the team are deeply rooted in the communities we serve.

Over the years, they have had the privilege of giving back to our community through various initiatives and sponsorships.

“We believe in the power of community and are committed to making a positive difference wherever we can,” says Helen.

“As we celebrate this significant milestone, we are excited about the future of Merry Maids of Sutton Coldfield.

With 25 years of experience behind us, we are poised to continue setting new standards of excellence in the cleaning industry.

We remain dedicated to providing top-notch cleaning services while upholding the values that have guided us since day one.

To our incredible team, loyal customers, and supportive community – thank you for 25 amazing years!

Your trust and support mean the world to us, and we look forward to many more years of serving you with excellence.

Here’s to another 25 years of making homes sparkle and spreading joy through cleanliness!”


Need a new cleaner?

If you’re in Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas and would benefit from professional domestic cleaning services from an award-winning family business, contact the team on 0121 313 1005 or find your nearest Merry Maids business to see how we can help you today.

Or book your clean online in a few clicks at shop.merrymaids.co.uk.

Merry Maids Dudley, Wolverhampton and Stafford wins coveted Franchisee of the Year Award

Merry Maids Dudley won a coveted recognition award for Franchisee of the Year for their business growth and development during this year’s ServiceMaster Spring Forward event.

Merry Maids and ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services businesses from across the UK rallied in Coventry this month for our Spring Forward event.

The day was packed with informative sessions from Team Academy on how owners and staff can utilise their natural superpowers to create an impact in their businesses.

The day was rounded off with a gala dinner and awards evening that saw franchise business owners from both brands awarded for their accomplishments over the last year.


Brilliance in Business at Merry Maids Dudley, Wolverhampton and Stafford

This included the team from Merry Maids of Dudley, Wolverhampton and Stafford, who won the prestigious recognition award to commemorate the expansion of their business to aid growth in the last year and for business owner Tom Jackson’s overall contribution to supporting the network.

This came alongside his winning another coveted award for business growth in Tom’s ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business.

After winning these awards on the night, Tom said:

“It feels great [to win]. Any award is fantastic, but it’s great to be recognised by your peers.”

“We’ve always been proud of Merry Maids because we’ve been doing it for 20 years, so I think, for me, it’s about helping new people come along, trying to work it as we grow, they grow. I think that’s how we’re going to grow the network.”

Congratulations to the team at Merry Maids Dudley, Wolverhampton and Stafford for their hard work delivering excellence and supporting Merry Maids to thrive.

We wish them continued success in the years to come!


Want award-winning home cleaning?

If you’re in Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford and the surrounding areas and would benefit from professional home cleaning services from an award-winning business, contact the Merry Maids team on 01384 242809/ 01902 489420 / 01785 255299 or find your nearest Merry Maids business to see how we can help you today.

Merry Maids Fylde, Blackpool and Preston wins coveted awards for employee engagement

Merry Maids Fylde, Blackpool and Preston won multiple awards for their employee engagement and performance during this year’s ServiceMaster Spring Forward event.

Merry Maids and ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services businesses from across the UK rallied in Coventry this month for our Spring Forward event.

The day was packed with informative sessions from Team Academy on how owners and staff can utilise their natural superpowers to create an impact in their businesses.

The day was rounded off with a gala dinner and awards evening that saw franchise business owners from both brands awarded for their accomplishments over the last year.


Merry Maids Fylde, Blackpool and Preston – A great place to work

This included the team from Merry Maids of Fylde, Blackpool and Preston, who won the prestigious Great Place to Work award as a recognition of the investment they have made in their staff by putting initiatives in place to increase employee engagement and retention and who invest in their people to enable a successful business structure that keeps them competitive in the local market space.

As proof of employee engagement in action, Office Manager Debbie Worrall was awarded Employee of the Year – out of all employees across every Merry Maids business in the UK!

After winning these awards on the night and collecting Debbie’s award on her behalf, the business owner of Merry Maids Fylde, Blackpool and Preston, Nicky Morris, said:

“Winning this award is fantastic because it’s not really for me, and Debbie is going to be so pleased when she finds out tomorrow – she doesn’t even know she’s been nominated!”

“Debbie has been an asset to my business since she joined two years ago; she looks after the staff, she’s got a big sales role as well as admin, and she’s good with customers as well. She can stand in for me at any time!”

Congratulations to the team at Merry Maids Fylde, Blackpool and Preston for their hard work delivering excellence and creating a great place to work in their local community.

We wish them continued success in the years to come!


Want award-winning home cleaning?

If you’re in Fylde, Blackpool, Preston and the surrounding areas and would benefit from professional home cleaning services from an award-winning business, contact the Merry Maids team on 01253 401756 / 07450 612923 or find your nearest Merry Maids business to see how we can help you today.

Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield wins award of excellence

 

Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield has been awarded a prestigious award for business excellence.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services and Merry Maids businesses from across the UK recently rallied in Coventry for our Spring Forward event.

The day was packed with informative sessions from Team Academy on how owners and staff can utilise their natural superpowers to create an impact in their businesses.

The day was rounded off with a gala dinner and awards evening that saw franchise business owners from both brands awarded for their accomplishments over the last year.


Business excellence at Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield

Though they could, unfortunately, not attend on the night, one of the businesses was Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield, which was recognised for excelling in all areas of business, including their customer service through the use of their online shop.

We’d like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the team for their hard work delivering excellence and going above and beyond for their business and community.

We wish them continued success in the years to come!


Want award-winning domestic cleaning?

If you’re in Sutton Coldfield and would benefit from professional domestic cleaning services from an award-winning business, contact the team on 0121 313 1005 or find your nearest Merry Maids business to see how we can help you today.

Merry Maids of Croydon wins coveted award for community engagement

Merry Maids of Croydon won a coveted Invest award for work in the community during this year’s ServiceMaster Spring Forward event.

Merry Maids and ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services businesses from across the UK rallied in Coventry this month for our Spring Forward event.

The day was packed with informative sessions from Team Academy on how owners and staff can utilise their natural superpowers to create an impact in their businesses.

The day was rounded off with a gala dinner and awards evening that saw franchise business owners from both brands awarded for their accomplishments over the last year.


Merry Maids of Croydon – A great place to invest

This included the team from Merry Maids of Croydon, who won the prestigious Great Place to Invest award as a recognition of the investment they have made in their local community through multiple initiatives that have helped them give back to the people they serve, including successful food drives and supporting our nationwide Forget Me Knot Challenge for Alzheimer’s Society.

After winning these awards on the night, the business owner of Merry Maids of Croydon, Debbie Walker, said:

“The people in our business have been fully involved [with all community engagement], whether it has been for Dementia Friends or our food bank drives that we’ve done this last year. It’s a great way to integrate them into what we do.

Our business has always had a heart – it is so important for our community that we give back for what they give us.”

Congratulations to the team at Merry Maids of Croydon for their hard work delivering excellence and creating a great place to invest in their local community.

We wish them continued success in the years to come!


Want award-winning home cleaning?

If you’re in Croydon and the surrounding areas and would benefit from professional home cleaning services from an award-winning business, contact the Merry Maids of Croydon team on 020 8663 3268 or find your nearest Merry Maids business to see how we can help you today.

Merry Maids North Sussex wins award for business excellence

Merry Maids North Sussex won the prestigious Best in Class award during this year’s ServiceMaster Spring Forward event.

Merry Maids and ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services businesses from across the UK rallied in Coventry this month for our Spring Forward event.

The day was packed with informative sessions from Team Academy on how owners and staff can utilise their natural superpowers to create an impact in their businesses.

The day was rounded off with a gala dinner and awards evening that saw franchise business owners from both brands awarded for their accomplishments over the last year.


Merry Maids of North Sussex – Best in Class

This included the team from Merry Maids North Sussex, who won the prestigious Best in Class awards as a recognition of their embracing of the latest technology adoptions to improve her business’ employee satisfaction, customer service and financial results too!

After winning these awards on the night, the business owner of Merry Maids North Sussex, Beccy Pope, said that it was “amazing” to win for the value they provide to customers and staff.

When asked what great customer service and satisfaction meant to her, Beccy said:

“It’s what keeps the orders coming in and keeps us booked! Alex [Team Leader] has a lovely rapport with everybody, trying to invest in what they like.”

Congratulations to the team at Merry Maids North Sussex for their hard work delivering excellence.

We wish them continued success in the years to come!


Want award-winning home cleaning?

If you’re in North Sussex and would benefit from professional home cleaning services from an award-winning business, contact the Merry Maids North Sussex team on 01293 613133 or find your nearest Merry Maids business to see how we can help you today.

Merry Maids UK becomes official partner in aid of Alzheimer’s Society

Merry Maids have become official partners of Alzheimer’s Society.

We are thrilled to announce that Merry Maids has become an official charity partner in support of Alzheimer’s Society as of 2024.

This blog post has all the details.


What does the partnership mean?

We have named Alzheimer’s Society our charity of the year.

And have thus pledged to raise £10,000 to go towards their work throughout 2024.

Last year, as part of our longstanding commitment as Dementia Friends, we raised over £4000 with our nationwide Forget Me Knot Challenge Campaign.

This year, we’re kicking it up an extra gear.

As official partners, we are committed to supporting our staff and customers to have a better cleaning experience by training every Merry Maids cleaner across the UK in professional dementia support.

Therefore, we are the only domestic cleaning company in the UK certified to provide accredited support to the over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

The training will also help our maids to support our customers with specific needs and extra support, and our customers feel ever more strongly that they are in good hands.


What does dementia support mean to Merry Maids customers?

To Merry Maids customers like this woman from Croydon, our support means her father can maintain his independence:

“My Dad is 93 and has got a serious heart condition and dementia,” she says.

“After a long stay in hospital and living with us for four months, he wanted to live independently,”

“He reluctantly accepted help and within a couple of weeks was looking forward to his visits by Merry Maids.”

“They are very caring and have a very soft spot for Dad,” she adds.

“Which makes my life as a carer easier.”

“Dad would never be without his Merry Maids, and they have made a huge difference to his enjoyment of life.”


What does dementia support mean to us?

This partnership officially recognises our commitment to supporting them and the people we serve living with dementia.

Vikki Donnachie, Merry Maids Brand Leader, says:

“We are thrilled to be working with Alzheimer’s Society again this year. The ability to offer further training to all our maids provides added support and peace of mind to both our customers and their families who are or have been affected by dementia.”

“At Merry Maids, our high levels of customer service and community engagement are what makes us different. Being able to support both our customers and Alzheimer’s Society is a real privilege.”


Aaliah Chik, Senior Marketing Executive for Merry Maids UK, adds:

“As many of our customers are facing dementia, to have this opportunity to take what we do for them to the next level by training our maids and supporting Alzheimer’s Society is so exciting.”

“We have great things planned for this year. I’m looking forward to developing our work to better the people living with dementia in our communities.”


Meg Foxhall, Community Fundraiser of Alzheimer’s Society, says:

“On behalf of Alzheimer’s Society, I would like to thank Merry Maids. We’re so grateful for their support, which allows us to provide help and hope for everyone affected by dementia.”

“Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer,” she adds.

“Too many people face dementia alone. 1 in 3 people born today will develop dementia in their lifetime. We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, Alzheimer’s Society is here for you.”


Discover the value of a cleaner who cares

To learn more about Merry Maids UK and our work with Alzheimer’s Society, call 0800 021 3072.

If you or someone you know would benefit from a professional and compassionate, regular or one-off, home cleaning service from the dementia friends at Merry Maids UK, find your nearest Merry Maids business or book online today.

Merry Maids of Croydon Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of Merry Maids of Croydon.

The end of 2023 marked 20 years in business for Merry Maids of Croydon.
Business owner Debbie Walker, a recent BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards finalist, started her business in 2003 after a successful career working in corporate roles.
With a background in Strategic Account Management working with large numbers of suppliers, Debbie became well-versed in working to provide support within her community at the highest level.

This made her well-suited to deliver the exceptional services offered at Merry Maids UK,

providing premium domestic cleaning services, from spring cleaning to end-of-tenancy cleaning, with a smile, professionalism, high-quality training, expertise and safety assurances.


Our mission

At Merry Maids, we deliver a high-value exchange to our clients.

As part of a nationwide franchise organisation, we are locally owned and nationally renowned, providing the quality and assurances of a trusted brand with the knowledge and care of a local professional.

At Merry Maids of Croydon, two decades in operation means twenty years of unparalleled cleaning, community care, and happy customers.
“I started using Merry Maids after I fell over in my home and spent 8 days in hospital. I fractured my pelvis, hip and ankle. The ladies were very sympathetic and compassionate. I have 4 flights of stairs in my home.
They changed the beds, hoovered and made the bathrooms sparkle. I have enjoyed their services for 13 months and the only reason I’m leaving them is because I’m moving up to North Lincolnshire. I would recommend them to anyone [and] would consider them as friends.”

Anniversary Celebrations

To celebrate their anniversary, the team threw a celebration in the office in which all staff received a cupcake from Drizzleanddrips and a note thanking them for their hard work.
Their regular clients also received a thank you card, and clients with cleans on the anniversary received a cupcake!
Receiving a celebratory bunch of flowers from Merry Maids franchisor ServiceMaster, Debbie said:
“We are thrilled that we are commemorating an incredible 20 years of serving the Croydon community.”
“From day one, we’ve been dedicated to delivering exceptional cleaning services with a smile.”
“Our journey has been nothing short of remarkable, and we owe it all to our dedicated team, our loyal clients, and our community who have supported us throughout the years. We can not thank you enough for being a part of our journey.”

Charity Partnership

As part of their anniversary, the team partnered with Reedham Children’s Trust to collect donations from their customers for vulnerable people and families in Croydon.

Essential items like food and toiletries have been pouring from customers to help people in the local community during Christmastime and generated donations with a total value of £1161.89!

Jessica Ritchie from the Reedham Children’s Trust added:

“Once again Merry Maids of Croydon and their wonderful customers have been incredibly kind, donating over £1,100 worth of food to help vulnerable children and their families this Christmas and into the new year.

The cost-of-living crisis affects so many of us, but it is heartening to see that despite this challenge, everyone pulls together to help others in their time of need.

Thank you so very much.”


Get in touch

If you are local to the Croydon area and would benefit from 20 years of professional cleaning expertise, contact Debbie and the rest of the Croydon team today by calling 020 8663 3268.

If you would benefit from regular or one-off cleaning services from one of our teams across the UK, contact your local cleaning experts today by finding your nearest Merry Maids business or book online.

Merry Maids of Croydon donates over £1100 worth of items to food drive

Merry Maids of Croydon have completed another successful food drive in collaboration with the Reedham Children’s Trust.

This Christmas, the Merry Maids of Croydon team once again partnered with Reedham Children’s Trust to collect donations from their customers for vulnerable people and families in Croydon.

Essential items like food and toiletries have been pouring from customers to help people in the local community during Christmastime.

The drive, held for the second time following a successful effort last year that inspired the nationwide Forget Me Knot Challenge, has generated donations with a total value of £1161.89!


The Impact

The impact of this scale of donations cannot be overstated.

Last year, the food drive helped support over 100 families in Croydon to have the essentials over Christmas and into the new year.

Like this Mum of three who benefitted from a hamper provided by Merry Maids last year:

“With the cost of the living crisis, I was feeling depressed and turned to a friend for help in finding a charity that could support us. But to my amazement, we received a food hamper and vouchers, an incredible show of support I couldn’t believe. I am beyond grateful for this support, which has helped my children and me.”

This year, the team surpassed the donations from last year, which will go a long way to supporting the (approx.) 27,483 children living in poverty in Croydon.


Thank yous

The Croydon and Reedham Trust teams would like to extend a huge thank you to the people who dug deep to help.

Merry Maids of Croydon Director Debbie Walker, who was recently named a finalist in the BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards for her work in the local community, said:

For the second year running, we have been delighted to raise food donations for the Reedham Children’s Trust.

Our clients have been so generous in supporting this initiative and we hope this will make a difference to families in need in the Croydon area this Christmas.

I would like to thank our clients and staff for such a positive response!”

Jessica Ritchie from the Reedham Children’s Trust added:

“Once again Merry Maids of Croydon and their wonderful customers have been incredibly kind, donating over £1,100 worth of food to help vulnerable children and their families this Christmas and into the new year.

The cost-of-living crisis affects so many of us, but it is heartening to see that despite this challenge, everyone pulls together to help others in their time of need.

Thank you so very much.”


Get in touch

And if you are local to the Croydon area, get in touch with Debbie and the rest of the Croydon team today by calling 020 8663 3268.

If you would benefit from regular or one-off cleaning services from one of our teams across the UK, contact your local cleaning experts today by finding your nearest Merry Maids business or book online.

Care in the community: Charity Initiatives from Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington

How Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington support their community through charity engagement. 

Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington’s Office Supervisor, Jo, has been with the company for several years, beginning as a cleaner.

She uses her position to combine her passion for the community and background in care to support local and national charities.


Jo’s Background

Jo worked in care for eight years, running care homes and fundraising regularly through sponsored activities and events.

These have included mental health and dementia campaigns and a brain tumour charity.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Jo returned to Merry Maids, having worked with us as a cleaner before her time in care.

In joining Merry Maids, Jo joined a business that enables her to use her natural affinity for providing personalised care through professional and bespoke home cleaning services.


Recent Charity Work at Merry Maids

In April, Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington donated Easter eggs and chocolate to Dandelion Time, a local charity that supports children who have experienced hardship and traumatic events.

But that’s not all they’ve been up to.

Recently, Jo has been getting active and supporting charities close to her heart while at Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington.

“In February this year, I did 10,000 steps [daily] for Brain Tumour Research. And then I did 30 miles in September for dementia charities,” she says.

Her other recent activities have again supported the brain tumour and mental health charities.

Jo also completed a Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that is close to all of our teams at Merry Maids UK and Jo, whose mother-in-law sadly suffered from the disease.

She estimates that she has raised £1500 from her recent efforts.


Upcoming Charity Work with Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington

Looking to the future, Jo has some ambitious charity plans for the new year.

Alongside more active fundraising for dementia and mental health charities, she is organising a charity initiative with her son to give out Christmas presents to local children in need.

Furthermore, Merry Maids Bromley will donate an afternoon tea to Southmore Court Assisted Living, one of their regular cleaning clients.

Jo says she is always looking to push her contributions and do more for the people in the local community:

“Me, myself, I want to do more volunteer work in the lines with dementia, like volunteer, maybe afternoon or a couple of hours here and there. I really like doing it,” she says.

“For my birthday, I’ve put something up for anyone to donate to Alzheimer’s instead of getting me giving me a present. And that’s what I’ll do for Christmas as well. We do cancer one, me and my friends. We don’t buy each other cards, but donate to Cancer Research.”


Want to see the value of a cleaner who cares?

If you or someone you know would benefit from a professional and compassionate home cleaning service from Merry Maids UK, find your nearest Merry Maids business today.

To schedule a visit from Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington, book online or call 01689 830000 for a free quote for our bespoke and professional home cleaning services.

From one-off deep cleans to regular visits and spring cleaning, we do the cleaning so you don’t have to.

Merry Maids of Croydon Food Drive 2023

Merry Maids of Croydon’s 2023 Food Drive to support the local community.

It’s not long until Christmas.

This means we’re entering what the team at Merry Maids of Croydon likes to call the season of giving back.

And they need their customer’s help.


2022 Food Drive

Last year, business owner Debbie Walker and her team ran a food bank drive with the Reedham Children’s Trust to support families with the cost-of-living crisis.

Families like Maya and her four young children relocated to Croydon after fleeing domestic violence.

Housed in emergency housing, they had only the clothes on their backs. Suddenly reliant on benefits, they struggled to pay for necessities like food.

With their customer’s support, they supplied enough donations to support over 100 families like Maya’s over Christmas.


2023 Food Drive

There are still roughly 27,483 children living in poverty in Croydon.

Disadvantaged by issues like domestic violence, poor mental health, special educational needs, and placement in care, up to 73% need free school meals as a primary source of sustenance.

This year, the team wants to do more.

They want to help our families at home and those further afield to have a happier Christmas.

They are running another drive and are asking their customers for support with small donations to make a huge difference for families going without essentials this Christmas.

Like this Mum of three who benefitted from a hamper provided by Merry Maids last year:

“With the cost of the living crisis, I was feeling depressed and turned to a friend for help in finding a charity that could support us. But to my amazement, we received a food hamper and vouchers, an incredible show of support I couldn’t believe. I am beyond grateful for this support, which has helped my children and me.”

From the 15th-30th of November, the team are collecting items for vulnerable families selected from six local schools and families in emergency accommodation across the UK.


Items to Donate

The Reedham Trust has relayed a list of needed items.

It currently includes:

  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Pasta Sauce/Pasta
  • Tinned Meals
  • UHT Milk
  • Rice/ Cereal
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap Bar
  • Shower Gel
  • Christmas treats
  • Items made with a kettle (not an oven). E.g. cuppa soup

A word from the team

Business owner Debbie Walker said:

“There can be no doubt that we are living in difficult and uncertain times. But we don’t have to face them alone. By working together, we can make a real difference and improve the lives of the people in our communities.

That’s why Merry Maids of Croydon are delighted to be partnering with Reedham Children’s Trust to support people in and around Croydon through a food bank drive.”

Jessica Ritchie, a representative of the Reedham Children’s Trust, says,

“We are delighted that Merry Maids of Croydon and their incredibly kind client base will, once again, be supporting our annual food appeal. Last year, customers donated 1,274 items of non-perishable food items, alongside essential toiletries. This supported hundreds of local families not only over Christmas but across the winter months, too. We are so grateful for their continued support this year.”


Learn the value of a cleaner that cares

If you are local to the Croydon area, contact Debbie and the rest of the Merry Maids of Croydon team today by calling 020 8663 3268.

If you would benefit from regular or one-off cleaning services from one of our teams across the UK, contact your local cleaning experts today by finding your nearest Merry Maids business or book online through our online shop.

Merry Maids Relaunches in Northampton under brand new ownership

(Re)introducing Merry Maids Northampton, bringing brand new and improved cleaning to Northampton and the surrounding areas like never before.

Merry Maids Northampton has reopened this week under the management of franchisor ServiceMaster Ltd.

We spoke to Office Manager Becky Gardner about the changes to the business and what customers, new and old, can expect from the new and improved Merry Maids Northampton.


Northampton, a history

Merry Maids Northampton has been operating for 18 years.

Previously under the ownership of Barbara and Martin Smart, the business faced hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic when it was forced to close as lockdowns threatened the retirement plans of its owners.

This year, the business has come under the management of Merry Maids’ franchisor, ServiceMaster Ltd.

Becky started as a part-time cleaner in 2011, “which worked wonders for me with the two young children,” she says.

“It was a perfect job. And I loved cleaning. I took pride in cleaning. It’s always been nice to go into a customer’s house and make it all nice.”

She became an Office Manager when Barbara and Martin retired and is being supported in the reopening by the ServiceMaster team, including Merry Maids Brand Leader Vikki Donnachie.

“One day, my old boss called me into the office and said she needed an Office Manager to take over the day-to-day role of going out, doing quotes, seeing off the girls, sorting out the bays and the folders.”

“Vikki has been amazing. She’s been there every step of the way. It’s been useful to have that support.”


Changes and Transformation

Under Becky and Vikki’s supervision, Merry Maids Northampton has transformed, moving from a small unit to a brand-new office unit alongside ServiceMaster’s Northampton-based contract cleaning franchise.

“At first, it was scary, but we’re fully operating from the new unit now. We absolutely love it. The girls are so happy!

We’ve just rolled with it. The girls have been amazing. We all get on really well. They’ve supported me, and I them.”


Aspirations and Assurances

Becky and Vikki have big plans for the business.

“I just want it to grow and get bigger and bigger,” says Becky.

“We’ve got loyal customers. I want to build from that to get more customers, get more staff in and build Merry Maids to as big as we possibly can.”

We’ve got the space now. We’ve got the unit, we’ve got the facilities, we’ve got it all now. It’s just growing and making it as best as we can make it. Which I’m excited about!”

Vikki adds:

“I’m delighted to reintroduce Merry Maids Northampton into the Merry Maids franchise network under the ownership of ServiceMaster. Becky and the team have embraced the transition brilliantly, so I’m very excited to see their growth in driving the business to new heights while delivering the trademark Merry Maids service to the community.”

To those loyal customers, Becky says:

“Thank you for continuing to let us clean your homes. We did lose a lot of customers through COVID, but we also have a lot of loyal customers who stayed with us, and getting their feedback from cleans is always lovely.”

To new customers, Merry Maids Northampton provides satisfaction, a spotless home, and time that would’ve otherwise been spent cleaning.

“Our goal is to make the customer happy, and their home is done exactly how they want it.”

“Hence, we come out to quote for the cleaning in the first place, so we can get an idea of what the customer wants to do in their home and then make sure that we follow the instructions and just make them happy.”

Speaking with experience as a cleaner, Becky adds:

“I love going into a customer’s home, and I prefer the ones that are a bit messy because once you’ve done it and then close that door, you just know when they open it, it’s going to be all nice and clean and won’t have to worry about anything. It’s all done. They can relax and enjoy their evening.”


See how Merry Maids Northampton can help you

If you are in Northampton or the surrounding areas and would benefit from a professional and bespoke home cleaning service carried out by trained and fully insured professionals, or if you would like to work for a cleaning business that provides a high standard of service as part of a friendly and professional team, call 0845 7626 828 today to see how we can help you today.

To benefit from Merry Maids services nationwide, find your nearest Merry Maids business or book online now.

Merry Maids Croydon attends BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards

Merry Maids of Croydon’s Debbie Walker achieved finalist status in the BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards.

The results are in for the prestigious BFA HSBC Great British Franchise Awards, held by the British Franchise Association at the end of their annual conference to recognise the best of British franchising, and were attended by some of our head office team and franchisees.

We are thrilled that we had a finalist, Debbie Walker from Merry Maids of Croydon, who was up for the Community Focus Award.

Community Focus

We’d like to congratulate Diljit Brar from Costa Coffee, who won the Community Focus Award.

The ServiceMaster team and Merry Maids UK network are incredibly proud of Debbie for beating out countless applicants to make it this far.

To be a finalist in such a competitive sector is no small feat and is a testament to her hard work, dedication and commitment to her brand and community. What she has achieved as a finalist is no small thing.

And Debbie has indeed achieved some impressive feats.

In the past year, she has taken on a Ukrainian refugee to enable her to stay in the UK, donated enough material during a food bank drive to feed multiple vulnerable families struggling with the cost of living over and beyond the Christmas period, and been paramount in the development of our nationwide Merry Maids Forget Me Knot Challenge, which raised over £4000 for Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friends.

Kind words

Commenting on the awards, Debbie said:

“I was absolutely delighted to be alongside some other great franchisees as a finalist for the Community Focus award.

We work hard every day to make our business count in the local community and give back to the people who we serve, so this recognition means a great deal to us.

Pip Wilkins, Chief Executive of the BFA, said:

“Our huge congratulations to all the winners tonight. We had some fantastic entries this year and these winners really stood out from the crowd. We would like to thank them for being such great ambassadors of the BFA and for representing the very best in UK franchising.”

Judge, awards host and UK Head of Franchise, Commercial Banking at sponsors HSBC Bank Gillian Morris said:

“The diversity of franchising on display at tonight’s awards ceremony – across so many brands and sectors – demonstrates the strength and reach of the industry.  Choosing a winner is never easy and I’d like to join Pip in thanking everyone who entered and sending our warm congratulations to all the winners on these very well-deserved awards.”

Need a new cleaner?

If you are local to the Croydon area, contact Debbie and the rest of the Merry Maids of Croydon team today by calling 020 8663 3268.

If you would benefit from regular or one-off cleaning services from one of our teams across the UK, contact your local cleaning experts today by finding your nearest Merry Maids business or book online through our online shop.

Q&A with Merry Maids Multi Award-Winner Debbie Walker

We sat down with multi-award-winning franchisee Debbie Walker of Merry Maids of Croydon to discuss the value of a cleaner who cares.

During this year’s Merry Maids awards ceremony, we recognised many of our franchisees for their success and hard work.

Debbie Walker, the owner of Merry Maids of Croydon, who is currently a finalist in the prestigious HSBC BFA British Franchise Awards, picked up a whopping three awards in the A Great Place to Invest, Customer Service, and Great Place to Work categories.

I sat down with Debbie following her win(s) to discuss her formula for success and how she feels about having built a thriving Merry Maids franchise in this, her 20th year in business.

How does it feel to be a multi-award-winning Merry Maids Franchise?

“[I’m] so, so proud. Which is what I said to my team when we celebrated the day after.”

“I’m so proud of the team and of the business. Somewhat overwhelmed that we’d won three. A hat trick can’t be bad, can it?”

How did you celebrate with your team?

“I got the team together the next day and told them about what we’d been entered for, what the categories were and what we’d won, and explained to them how important that was and how very much they, as a team, helped to gain those awards.”

“And there was spontaneous applause from the team, [which was] rather lovely. “I was quite choked when talking to them about it. They were delighted. I think it’s that: ‘We’ve done that!’ It’s a real feel-good factor.”

“I think it’s also easy to forget that your staff are fundamental to what you do, so to me, they needed to be part of the celebration and recognised for their achievement. We bought all the staff a celebratory bottle of wine and an individual card.”

“What was also lovely was Nicky Morris at Merry Maids of Fylde and Blackpool sent us a beautiful big box of chocolates, which the staff are enjoying.”

In your view, what has been the basis of the success that you’ve had recently?

“An awful lot of hard work, not just on my part, but on the whole team.”

“We have 28 staff focused on doing their best work.”

“I also very much see that we have a wider team. People like our accountant, Wirehouse, whom we use for our health and safety, yourselves at ServiceMaster and the marketing team and brand manager Vikki, who have all been instrumental in giving a lot of support to the business and enabled us to keep fresh and constant.”

“I think it’s easy when you’ve been in business for nearly 20 years as we have to sit back on your laurels and think: ‘Well, we know how to do it.’”

“There are many things like social media that didn’t exist when we set up the business. But I think you’ve constantly got to embrace new ideas and technology, whatever they may be.”

How do you plan to keep up your momentum of customer service and all of those things going forward?

“I’m reassessing our quality management program to ensure we deliver our best service.”

“We are also looking at our management and administration structure to ensure that we have a broad breadth of knowledge across the team. This will free more time to support our recruits, who need thorough training and encouragement to integrate successfully.”

“We’re looking at an internal restructure to focus on different aspects of the business that I think are important moving forward because I think you have to be a bit like Madonna: You have to keep reinventing yourself.”

“I’ve not got the moves that Madonna’s got, though…”

Well, there’s still time.

[Laughs]

What makes Merry Maids of Croydon a great place to invest for your customers?

“Going back to [my] previous career, one role was working within the community with elderly and disabled clients.”

“I took what I learned there about the value of community and community support and brought it into my business.”

“It’s super important because we need to differentiate from other cleaning businesses and find our niche.”

“I think the world has changed for the better as a real value is placed on what companies do within a community. We want to be part of our community and a business with a heart.”

“Hopefully, it means that individuals looking to purchase from Merry Maids of Croydon appreciate the work ethic and the core values that we have within business and want to align with that.”

In your view, what is the value of customer service?

“Service is paramount, whatever organisation you’re in.”

“It goes from the initial contact, through the sales process to the delivery point where you’ve got staff going out to see the clients.”

“But it doesn’t stop there. Customer service moves on through the customer experience.”

“We still speak to the clients that have been with us for years to ensure we understand and meet their evolving needs.”

What makes Merry Maids of Croydon a great place to work?

“I think it has to be friendly and fun.”

“There is no doubt about it: cleaning is hard work. There must be a great team spirit, and that has to be built from the centre of the business. So, we’re very much about rewarding and recognising our staff for what they do well.”

“Every day, staff receive communication from us, whether they’re in the office or not. And it’s always uplifting. We try very hard never to be negative.”

“To me, both staff and customer experience are about understanding. That’s understanding people’s problems or what may affect them daily.”

“For staff, personal situations impact hugely on work life. If we can help in any way, that’s vital.”

“If we can be a listening ear and they feel that they can come to work, leave their troubles behind them, and have a happy, cohesive environment, that’s super important.”

“It doesn’t matter who it is, whether it’s a new member of staff who’s only been with us a few weeks or 16 years, we want them to feel they’re valued, and that’s how we try to go about it.”

Want an award-winning and caring cleaning service?

If you are local to the Croydon area, contact Debbie and the rest of the Merry Maids of Croydon team today by calling 020 8663 3268.

If you would benefit from regular or one-off cleaning services from one of our teams across the UK, contact your local cleaning experts today by finding your nearest Merry Maids business or book online through our online shop.

Merry Maids’ top tips for a spooktacular Halloween party

How to make sure your Halloween party is scarily good.

Halloween is coming.

It’s the perfect holiday for people who love sweets and chocolate, dressing up, and being a big kid.

Whether you’re planning a ghostly gathering for kids or grown-ups, some Halloween essentials can’t be missed.

Here are our tips on preparing the perfect Halloween monster bash.

  1. Make it age-appropriate

No matter your guest demographic, ensure it is appropriate for the age of your guests.

For example, some scarier decorations might be too intense for young kids.

If your guests are all adults, you’re probably safe to go all out with the fright factor, but the last thing you want from a fun kid’s party is to upset them!

  1. Avoid hard-to-clean substances

In our experience, some spooky substances are an absolute monster to remove from surfaces and furnishings.

While they are essentials for many, substances like fake blood, silly string, and the makeup from Halloween costume sets can easily stain carpets, curtains, and upholstery and are notoriously difficult to remove.

If any spillages or issues with these substances occur, your local ServiceMaster Clean technicians will remove them in a flash with their specialist expertise and high-quality equipment.

  1. Set the scene with some monstrous media

Prepare for your guests and set the mood for a fun and festive time with a combo of themed media.

Make a playlist of your favourite songs to get you in the spooky spirit.

Some hits like Thriller and the Monster Mash will surely get guests feeling Halloween-y.

And if you don’t have time to make your own, check out our Halloween playlist that’s sure to have your party jumping with fright.

You could also play classic Halloween films in the background for extra ambience.

For horror fans, you could play one of the many Halloween or Scream films, Friday the 13th or The Exorcist.

For a less frightening time, try some appropriate films for a younger audience, like The Corpse Bride, Wendall and Wilde, The Addams Family, or Beetlejuice.

  1. Plan ahead

Your gathering doesn’t need to be a massive expense.

Throwing a memorable, sustainable, but inexpensive party merely requires a little forward-thinking.

The only strangers turning up on your doorstep should be trick-or-treaters.

Establish a “ghouls list” and get an exact headcount for the evening by specifying whether or not people should bring plus 1s.

When you invite your guests, set an RSVP date.

If you host guests often, you can also use decorations that can be used more than once.

You can source a lot of cheap and inexpensive decorations from discount stores.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but one thing you shouldn’t be afraid of is asking for help.

Ask your guests to help out by bringing beverages or their favourite (possibly themed) dish.

This might save you valuable prep time ahead of your party.

You can also plan fun activities like games or a prize for the best costume.

  1. Clear away the cobwebs

While giant spider webs are appropriate for Halloween, you don’t want to invite guests into a dusty or untidy home.

Ensure your home is party-ready by enlisting the help of your local Merry Maids.

As experts in cleaning for over 60 years, we’ll help ensure your home is so clean it’s almost scary!

Contact Us

To see how we can help you maintain a clean and tidy home, find your nearest Merry Maids business for a free, no-obligation quotation on a range of bespoke, one-off or regular cleaning services.

Forget Me Knot Challenge Champion: Mike Fargher from Merry Maids Sheffield

Why Mike Fargher from Merry Maids of Sheffield joined the Forget Me Knot Challenge and helped us raise over £4,000 for Dementia charities.

The Forget Me Knot Challenge was a sponsored virtual relay in which staff and owners from Merry Maids businesses across the UK ran, walked, or cycled the equivalent total mileage between each Merry Maids UK business to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

The challenge was a huge success, raising over £4,000 that will support Alzheimer’s Society to continue to aid those living with dementia in the UK (currently estimated to be over 900,000 people.)

Mike Fargher of Merry Maids in Sheffield and South Yorkshire racked up 1186 miles and raised over his £2,000 pledge target.

Goals and Dementia History

Mike’s Merry Maids business has had many encounters with dementia over the years.

“We have some long-term clients that did not have dementia when we started to clean for them but sadly now have it,” he says.

“We also take on new clients where they, and their families, wish to remain in their own homes and, with the support of ourselves and other outside agencies, can do so.”

“Sometimes a client wants to chat over a cup of tea, to tell you about their life, family and other interests. The Maids may have heard the same stories several times but will listen as if it was the first time they heard it.”

Mike got back into cycling during lockdown after purchasing an electric bike.

So, he knew, when faced with the Forget Me Knot Challenge, that this would be his way to meet it.

“I try to cycle 25-30 km at least twice during weekdays and have also recently purchased a road bike for use at the weekends,” he says.

He also knew the challenge would be perfect to incorporate into the cycling holiday he had been dreaming of.

Mike’s Mileage

The trip was a week’s cycling around seven islands off the coast near Split. From Brac to Stari, Grad, Orebic, Korcula, Mljet, Hvar, and Solta.

“The trip was fantastic,” he says.

Mike was part of a group of 15 cyclists from around the globe who completed a week of cycling under the guidance of a Croatian guide and a crew of five on a boat named the MV Leonardo.

Some (Literal) Highs

The days followed a routine to ensure mileage was met.

Mike says the seven days were filled with expansive views, “good food, weather and plenty of excellent cycling routes.”

After breakfast each day, the bikes would be unloaded off the boat at one end of an island, and the group would set off to complete between 20km and 55 km.

This included literal highs with “many challenging hill-climbs, with ascends as high as 800 meters.”

By lunchtime, the group would have completed the day’s route and would be met by their boat & crew at the other end of the island.

Then, bikes were loaded back onboard for lunch whilst the boat made its way to a port where the afternoons and evenings were spent exploring and relaxing after a hard day’s work.

This meant that in one week, the group completed around 280 km.

Final results

As part of Mike’s pledge, he also completed a further 720 km cycling over the summer (at £1 per kilometre).

Much of his donations were also made by family, friends and people he met on his cycling journeys.

A further £1,000 was raised from a Google review campaign, in which each new review added £25 to the funds.

A huge well done to Mike for all of his efforts and for making such a massive impact in fundraising to support those in need.

Learn more

To learn more about Merry Maids UK and our work with the Alzheimer’s Society, call 0800 021 3072.

If you’re in Sheffield and the South Yorkshire areas, call Mike and his team today on 0114 272 2655.

If you or someone you know would benefit from a professional and compassionate, regular or one-off, home cleaning service from the dementia friends at Merry Maids UK, find your nearest Merry Maids business or visit our online shop today.