PUPILS from Bearsden Primary School helped mark the ground breaking ceremony of Bupa Care Homes’ new flagship dementia care home in the town, burying a time capsule in the grounds before building begins.
And pride of place in the treasure trove was a copy your favourite paper - the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald!
In keeping with the school’s 100th anniversary celebrations, the pupils arrived in centenary costumes, each providing an item that they felt reminds them, their family and friends of Bearsden past and present.
Over 40 visitors and guests listened to a speech by Bupa chief executive Ray King before the selection of artefacts were placed in the earth at the site of the £7million specialist care home, Mugdock House.
Kenny Valentine, Bupa’s director of Scotland, said: “This has kick started the construction of our new Bearsden home - an exciting time for all those involved and the surrounding community.
“It’s been great to see the children planting a little piece of the present day on the site as it makes it more personal to us all and should be a great discovery in years to come.
“Thank you to all those who came today and made it so memorable.”
Following the ceremony, guests were taken to Bearsden Town Hall for lunch and provided with an opportunity to learn more about Bupa’s “Your Memories Matter” campaign, which encourages people to capture and share memories to help those who may need specialist dementia care later in life.
Dawn Construction is expected to complete Mugdock House Care Home by early 2013, providing specialist care facilities for up to 64 residents of Bearsden and Milngavie. The care home forms part of a larger development which includes residential housing and Bearsden Community College.
It is estimated that the construction and the running of the home will bring around 90 jobs to the area.
Providing nursing care for frail older people and nursing dementia care, the three storey home has been specially designed to provide high quality care for people living with dementia, with special features such as distinctive reminiscence activity areas, secure sensory gardens and memory triggers to aid connections with the past.