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Corbridge Family Fun Day – 26th August 2018

By 16th July, 2018 Events No Comments

This is THE event of the Summer!

The Corbridge Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday 26th August 2018 at the Corbridge Cricket Club.

It’s a FREE OF CHARGE event, and is held to benefit ourselves, our good friends Corbridge Youth-Initiative and the Corbridge Cricket Club

Last year was a huge success, with lots of visitors including local families and children who watched a great game of cricket, browsed all the stalls, tucked into afternoon tea, the BBQ and enjoyed the live music. We also raised over £2,000 (which was split between the three charities) and we hope to do even better this year.

The Corbridge Cricket Club won the 2017 Corbridge Charity Shield, but we think it might be the turn of the Charlotte Straker cricketing team in 2018…

Please put the date in your diary and let your friends and family know!

Blowing bubbles in the sunshine

By 16th July, 2018 News No Comments

Yesterday our residents were helping us blow some bubbles!

It seems a simple activity, but it helped everyone to have fun outside in the sunshine, especially those who might struggle to interact in other ways.

Some of our residents told us that it reminded them of doing exactly the same thing when they were young children, and we had a competition to see how many bubbles they could pop before they reached the ground.

We’ll certainly try out our bubble machine on another sunny day – we’re also going to use it for the next time the children from Little Tinklers nursery come to visit.

Our Community Respite Care Bed has helped over 15 families since January this year.

By 6th July, 2018 News No Comments

In the first six months of 2018, our Community Respite Care Bed has helped over 15 Tynedale families by providing free of charge respite care to their loved ones.

As well as receiving expert care from our team of RGNs and care assistants, our respite residents have enjoyed taking part in all the crafting, gardening and musical activities that take place in our home, as well as our regular hairdresser, nail and reflexology appointments.

Ann is this week’s respite care resident. She’s shown here with one of her carers, Keith Harkiss, a Senior Care Assistant, who has worked at Charlotte Straker House for over 4 years.

Ann told me, “I was worried when I first came in, but now I’m here I’m enjoying the food and I like the people who look after me.”

Keith said “It’s all a matter of reassurance and making someone feel safe and happy to be away from home. This helps our respite residents to feel comfortable and have a relaxing stay”.

Thank you to all those who donated to fund our Community Respite Bed – it is certainly a much needed facility!

Our respite bed is now booked up to November, and we are also now taking bookings for 2019. To book or enquire after particular dates please contact Iwona Proszowska, Deputy Manager on 01434 633999 or email

Respite resident Ann with Senior Care Assistant Keith Harkiss.

Our two brand new resident rooms are now OPEN!

By 5th July, 2018 News No Comments

We are delighted to say that the last remaining flat at Charlotte Straker House has been developed into two brand new resident rooms.

The large flat has been divided and refurbished with en-suite wet room facilities, high quality furnishings and fittings and overhead tracking.

This means that Charlotte Straker House has expanded its accommodation from 30 to 31 rooms (as one of our existing bedrooms will be turned into a much needed office).

Mary Robson moved into one of the new rooms on Saturday. Mary originally spent a week in our Community Respite Bed, and told us she liked it so much, that she decided to move in to become a full resident.

New resident Mary Robson having a cuddle with Nicola Pick, a member of our housekeeping team.

Mary told us that “I love the new room, it’s bright and airy and I’ve got all my favourite photos and things around me . The best thing is about being here is how friendly everyone is, and having a chat with my carers every day.”

Mary lived for many years on a farm in Ovingham, with her husband Mark and her family. She also worked as a sales assistant at Norma James of Corbridge, and told us she “dressed” the window display in the shop for over 30 years.

Marilyn Hunter, Manager of Charlotte Straker told us, “The whole team and I are delighted with the high quality refurbishment of these rooms. We have been looking forward to our residents moving into their new accommodation. The told us how pleased they are with the decoration and standard of fittings as well as the fact they love the new en-suite bathrooms!”

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees added, “This refurbishment has been completely funded with donations. We are immensely grateful and would like to sincerely thank all our supporters whose generosity has allowed us to refurbish our new accommodation to such a high standard.”

Fish and Chips on a Sunny Day

By 5th July, 2018 Events, News No Comments

Thank you to the Angel Fish Shop for delivering fish and chips to our residents today.

Marcia from the Fish Shop arrived with individually boxed up fish and chips which were very popular – everyone had their own order, and the fish was fresh and the chips were crisp!

Karen, our Activities Coordinator, had arranged a “beach themed” day, with pretend sandcastles, iced Pimms to drink, themed place table decorations and ice creams in a cone for dessert. She had even organised for a soundtrack of waves on a beach to accompany our takeaway lunch.

At 2pm, talented accordionist Leonard will be visiting to play some more of his wonderful music – most of our residents enjoy singing along or clapping their hands to the songs.

Thank you very much to Marcia and her team for delivering the lunches – it was a real highlight of the day!