Cornerstone laid

The Cornerstone of Copelands Dementia, Nursing and Residential Care home has been laid at a formal ceremony which took place at the site. The ceremony, which was led by Rev Billy Davison, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and Rev David Campton, Superintendent of Belfast Central Mission (BCM), took place during a welcome break in the wet and windy weather. 

Following the ceremony, children from Killard House School choir delighted guests at a Community Event in Donaghadee Community Centre. Local people were given the opportunity to find out more about what was happening at Copelands and to ask questions about the care that would be offered as well as what jobs it would bring to the local area.  Speakers included BCM’s Director Brian Burns and Shelagh McCaughan who spoke about her mother Jean, who had lived in Donaghadee and about their journey with dementia.   

BCM’s Director Brian Burns said;

“We have very much valued the interest in and support for Copelands which has been demonstrated by the local communities of Millisle and Donaghadee and that is why we decided to hold this community event.  It was our way of saying thank-you and of acknowledging how important their support has been to BCM. We were especially delighted that Killard House School choir were able to join us and their singing moved and inspired everyone.

We are continuing to fundraise to reach our target and are delighted that some of our local supporters are still working hard to help.  We are now looking forward to completing the build and to opening Copelands in early 2020.”