New Montrose Adam Centre officially opens its doors!

Pictured cutting the ribbon is their longest service user of 22 years Jim Balfour with chairman Sandy Moncur,
Pictured cutting the ribbon is their longest service user of 22 years Jim Balfour with chairman Sandy Moncur,

A day care centre for the elderly in Montrose has celebrated the official opening of its brand new custom-built facility.

Staff at The Adam Centre, formerly Montrose Day Care, held an opening celebration of their new purpose-built building on Monday.

The centre changed its name in recognition of a local family, the Adams, whose “extremely generous” bequest made the construction of the new building a reality.

This allowed the day care to move from its premises in Panmure Place, in the old St Mary’s Church building, to the new centre located in Warrack Terrace on the Mid Links area of Montrose.

The facility has been built on the site of the former ambulance station.

Staff were handed the keys to the new build in November and this week opened the doors to the community for members of the public to have a look around.

The Adam Centre was designed by John D Crawford Ltd Architectural Services and built by local builders Pert Bruce Construction Ltd.

It boasts a lounge area, dining/hobby room, treatment room, meeting room, hair salon, kitchen and wet room among its facilities.

The longest user of the service of 22 years, Jim Balfour, cut the ribbon on Monday, officially opening the building.

Chairman of the Adam Centre Sandy Moncur said: “The centre has a reputation of providing a high standard of care and service to the older people in the community and service users and their families are very supportive of the services offered.

“The centre can compete favourably against costs of other local specialist day care facilities and has contracts with both Angus and Aberdeenshire Councils, with service users attending from the south Aberdeenshire area.

“As it is purpose-built, The Adam Centre is more attractive to service users and facilities includes a lounge area, quiet sitting area, dining/hobby room, treatment room, meeting room, hair salon, kitchen, wet room, bathroom, offices and staff room.

“The building also benefits from high levels of modern insulation and a garden area, which overlooks the Mid Links parkland.

“The centre is a registered charity and has a highly trained, caring and motivated staff, dedicated to the care and well being of the service users and is managed by a board of voluntary directors.

“In consequence of Government changes to the provision of care for the elderly, regional councils are changing to a system of Self Directed Support, which is intended to help the elderly to remain self sufficient in their own homes for as long as they are able.

“The directors see the centre as an essential part of the service required to support the needs of the elderly in future years.

“We would like to thank everyone who has donated in any way to our new centre, enabling us to furnish it for the comfort of our service users and staff.”

The Adam Centre also held an open evening on Tuesday night, inviting everyone in the area to visit the new facility.

A legacy donation by the Adam family funded the majority of the construction of the new centre but the shortfall was met by fundraising.

One service user, Denis Mellor, who had dreamed of jumping out of a plane since his National Service days in the RAF where he was a driver and mechanic, had planned to do a sky dive to raise money for the new centre.

Mr Mellor fell ill the day before his skydive and sadly died the next day of a heart attack in August 2014.

He had wanted to do a sky dive for a number of years but couldn’t as he was on the drug Warfarin, which stops blood from clotting.

But when Mr Mellor was diagnosed with terminal cancer after finding a lump on his eye, which was confirmed as a melanoma, he was taken off Warfarin and doctors gave him the green light to go ahead with the sky dive.

He had paid for the parachute challenge out of his own pocket and was raising money for the Adam Centre as he said staff at the facility had helped him during a difficult time.

After he sadly died, Irene Mitchell, manager of the facility, took to skies in September 2014, carrying out the jump Mr Mellor would have undertaken in his memory.

The manager raised an incredible £2,307. When she took over from Mr Mellor the total was just over £600.

The money will be put towards a garden at the Adam Centre in memory of Denis Mellor.