Super Mario receives honorary fellowship for work in care
A care home pioneer received an honorary fellowship from Glyndŵr University
Mario Kreft MBE, who set up the Wrexham-based Pendine Park organisation with wife Gill in 1985, received the award on Thursday for services to the health and care industries.
Glyndŵr’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, presented him with the award, following an introduction by Karen Graham, Prof of Early Childhood Studies.
Today’s ceremonies were for students graduating in the fields of Early Childhood and Family Studies, Education, and Business and Management.
“I am so honoured and proud to receive this award from Glyndŵr University,” said Mario.
“One word that’s been used today is ‘inspiration’, and in life it is those people who inspire that make a difference.
“There are many inspiring people here today, particularly young people whose journey is just beginning.”
Mario, who lives in Denbigh, is currently building a new £7million centre of excellence for dementia care in Caernarfon.
He is also Chair of Care Forum Wales (CFW), which represents the independent sector in Wales, and the founder of the prestigious Wales Care Awards.
The 57-year-old was awarded an MBE in 2010 and has won a host of other prizes, including the Leading Wales Award for Leadership in the Private Sector 2014.
The son of a lion and bear trainer, he admits life wasn’t always “conventional” and paid tribute to the love and support of his family, especially Gill, who helped Mario realise his vision of a care organisation aimed at providing a first class service to those who need it most.
“With their support we were able to transform lives and make a difference,” he said.
“We should all come into this world and try to make it a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves.
“Respect and dignity are part of everything we do and we will continue to spread that message in the hope society will become a much fairer and just place.”
Mario is among a number of honorary fellows receiving awards from Glyndŵr University this year, including Welsh football legend Robbie Savage, now a BBC broadcaster and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant.
Award-winning Clwyd Theatr Cymru associate director Tim Baker, Deeside-based Comtek CEO Askar Sheibani and Alan McCall, an entrepreneur who set up Wrexham-based Nu Instruments, will also receive the accolade.