IT was a key day in charity Guild Care’s quest for specialist dementia facilities on Tuesday.
The charity was handed the keys to Haviland House and the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre in Goring – the charity’s dementia facilities due to open to residents in January.
Following years of planning, the building is now complete, with soft furnishings and furniture ready to be installed.
Roger Smith, Guild Care’s chairman, said: “Receiving the keys to this iconic building is a historic moment for Guild Care.
“It has taken time and considerable fundraising efforts to achieve.
“We’d like to thank BCP Ltd., our staff, particularly Gary Pate, who has managed the project, and the general public for making our dreams to build a new dementia care home and wellbeing centre a reality.”
A celebration was held at the facilities in Robin Road, Goring, on Tuesday to recognise the occasion.
The event was attended by the mayor of Worthing, Vic Walker, town crier, Bob Smytherman, and Lauren Haviland, the great-grand-daughter of the Rev Haviland, who the building is named after.
Brian Bullock, managing director of specialist healthcare building contractor, Building Construction Partnership (BCP) Ltd., said he was proud to have seen the project through from concept to completion.
He said, “It has been great working with Guild Care to make this house a home.
“So many people have been involved in the creation of the building.
“I am delighted to hand the keys over to Guild Care so they can continue their good work in Worthing.”
Haviland House and the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre will be a place of comfort for people with dementia, including their carers and loved ones.
The charity says the new facilities will be a ‘home from home’ for 60 residents, with support for local people, including respite care, activities and outings, through the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre.
The charity decided to build Haviland House in response to growing need in Worthing, with 3,000 people living with dementia in the local area alone.
For more details on the home, or to sign up for a tour in November or December, contact 01903 327 327.