A Merry winner of Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards

Cinderford businesswoman picks up award at the Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards.

Cinderford businesswoman and founder of Merry Den Care, Denise Leighton has won the prestigious ‘Contribution to the Community’ award at the Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards held on Thursday 29th March at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Denise has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to care work and set up Merry Den Care in 2004 to provide specialist care and supported living for adults with learning and physical difficulties.


“It was enough of a shock to become a finalist in the awards, let alone winning!” said Denise, “I really do have to thank my husband and co-worker Dave who supports me, as well as my brilliant staff who I wouldn’t be able to do this without. I also want to thank the service users for being an absolute pleasure to work with each day.”

Merry Den Care has a team of dedicated carers in the local area and has a total of 6 residential properties housing 18 service users. They have also built a brand new block of flats opening on the 14th April which will house a further 8 people.