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Cornerstone offers ‘brighter’ future to community centre

The future’s looking brighter – quite literally – for Mytchett’s community centre after a donation from its new neighbours, Marula Lodge.

The specialist nursing home on Mytchett Road is currently being refurbished but when it opens in January 2021, it will offer care for up to 42 adults with challenging behaviours associated with complex neurological and mental health needs.

Cornerstone and Mytchett Community Centre Team with cheque

The home, run by Cornerstone Healthcare, has donated £1000 to the Mytchett Centre to install lights in its car park and to re-decorate the interior. Although the function facilities are restricted, the Centre has re-opened its bar to members.

“We are delighted to receive this donation,” said Chair, Roger Hastings. “The Centre has been hit hard by the coronavirus as the bulk of our income comes from hiring out the venue.

“Now that we’re able to think about re-opening, to be able to make these improvements is going to have a huge impact and we’re very grateful to Cornerstone Healthcare.”

CEO of Cornerstone, Johann van Zyl, said;

“This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long relationship with everyone at the Mytchett Centre. We will look to use the centre as an extension of our building for staff meetings, get-togethers for families and we also hope to use their grounds for activities for our residents.”

Marula Lodge will offer specialist care for those living with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Korsakoff’s syndrome, Huntingdon’s disease and advanced types of dementia including young onset dementia.