GUILD CARE’S ‘home to remember’ is coming together thick and fast as the charity seeks the final £350,000 of funding from the public.
Herald & Gazette readers have been busy helping with the fundraising effort so far for the Building a Home to Remember campaign for a state-of-the-art, 60-bed care home and dementia wellbeing centre.
Located east of Northbrook College, in Littlehampton Road, Worthing, work is hoped to be completed by October 2014, with the foundations laid and first-floor walls quickly being built.
Chairman Roger Hunter, who has been involved in the project since the charity decided to purchase the land three years ago, said: “We have been really pleased with the response of the public so far, and we are now looking to raise the final £350,000 from the community, so we can support the community with this fantastic facility.
“It is estimated that one in three of the over-65s will get some form of dementia and many cannot afford to pay for care.
“What we are building is something which is really missing in this area and it will be a real benefit.”
The new home will be a one-stop-shop for residents to access a range of services, from wellbeing therapies to community outreach. It will also include a specialist dementia garden, aimed at providing residents with a sensory experience and enabling them to remember times gone by. Community fundraising officer Rob Davis said: “Last time I was at the building site, in September, it was just a mound of dirt. So to see it on its way up is quite something. It’s pretty impressive that they have got this far.”
With the centre due to be opened in November, the charity is asking the public for a final fundraising push.
Fundraising manager Rachael Duke said: “We would like to thank the public for getting involved in our events and donating money since the campaign began.
“We now have a year to raise the final figure and would greatly appreciate residents’ continued support.”