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Charlotte Straker Annual Report 2017

By 13th December, 2017 News Comments Off

The Annual Accounts are presented to our AGM in September of each year and discussed and adopted by Trustees.  These Accounts were audited by Armstrong Watson (Chartered Accountants) of Hexham.
We have tried over the years to see that money received for our Charitable activities (the delivering of care) match all our general outgoings. Many of the pressures on Charlotte Straker are also faced by the care home sector as a whole in Northumberland. Balancing the books has become noticeably harder with margins being squeezed and rising costs.

It should be noted that at the end of the financial year 2016/17 we had raised £132,000 towards the Community Respite Bed Appeal. We also received a number of Legacies; some of which went to the CRB Appeal and some into our Development Fund for future work to enhance and upgrade Charlotte Straker House.

Occupancy has been high over the year with one room being used for the new Community Respite Bed service which began on 1st January 2017. The trustees continue to be mindful of the current and uncertain economic climate when considering financial issues and are aware of the need to manage the overall financial performance of Charlotte Straker with great care.

We must also note that an important aspect of our work is ensuring our ethos is implemented – that care is given according to need and an inability to pay is not a bar to entry. This makes our Fundraising activities and financial results all the more important. It should be noted that Trustees are all volunteers and unpaid.

For the current year we have set a robust budget and at the time or writing (December 2017) we are working to that budget.

The accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017 are available to download by clicking here. A detailed description of the pressures we faced is given in the Trustee report.

Our Project comes FIRST in the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme!

By 27th November, 2017 News Comments Off

GREAT NEWS!

We are delighted to let you know that following the Tesco Bags of Help vote in Tesco Hexham between September and October 2017, our project came FIRST and has been chosen by Tesco customers to receive a grant award of £2,540!
The Bags of Help grant scheme was set up to help fund outdoor or garden themed charitable projects, so we have decided to use the generous grant to pay for some desperately needed outside furniture.

Our existing furniture is looking decidedly worse for wear and some of it is damaged, so can’t be used due to safety fears. The brand new tables, chairs and parasols will enable our residents to access our garden and outside seating areas, ready for Spring 2018.

Thank you very much to Tesco Bags of Help and all our supporters for placing their votes!

THANK YOU to the Macmillan Cancer Support Prudhoe Committee!

By 14th November, 2017 News Comments Off

We’d like to say a huge THANKYOU to the ladies from the Macmillan Cancer Support Prudhoe Committee who organised a joint collection at the Brocksbushes Christmas Fair.

They raised an AMAZING £4,910.30 over the four days, which will be split between ourselves and Macmillan.

Thank you to everyone who donated – we are amazed and delighted by the total!

Corbridge Crafty Women raise over £6,000 for the Charlotte Straker Project!

By 13th November, 2017 News Comments Off

Everyone at the Charlotte Straker Project would like to thank the Crafty Women for their tireless charitable fundraising.

Since their inception, the Crafty Women have raised over £6,000 for our charity!

The Crafty Women group is a local crafting group that was established by Corbridge residents Rosie Cunningham and Carol Moffatt. The like-minded friends decided to start making items that they could then sell to raise money for the Charlotte Straker Project; a residential, respite and nursing charity based in Corbridge.
Since then, the group now has over 15 members that meet regularly at St Andrew’s church cottage in Corbridge to socialise, make crafts and encourage each other in their textile techniques.

The Crafty Women sell their beautiful embroidered, woven and knitted items at local events such as the Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre, the Corbridge Youth Initiative Christmas Fair and the Tynedale Gift Fair, to raise money for the Community Respite Care Bed at the Charlotte Straker Project in Corbridge. They have also enabled the charity to buy new nursing beds, redecorate lounges in the nursing home and purchase essential equipment.

The crafty ladies also busy making a large triptych wall hanging to mark the centenary of the Charlotte Straker Project in 2018. The hanging will focus on the history and mission of Charlotte Straker house, as well as its links to the wider community in Corbridge, and will eventually be hung in the dining room of the residential home.

Carol Moffatt says “The strength of our group is all about the way that we help to develop each other’s crafting skills. Some of us are skilled in embroidery, or weaving or knitting and we spend time every fortnight to help improve our crafting techniques. All of us work very hard producing items that we can sell to help Charlotte Straker. Some of our best sellers are our hand-made cushions, woven bags and scarfs and our Christmassy advent calendars and table cloths are very popular”.

“Being part of Crafty Women is wonderful”, said member Angela Jones. “I love the supportive environment that the group provides. We are making our own items, and this is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community, to be creative and to raise money for a fabulous cause”.

Hardworking members of the group manned a stall at Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room Christmas Fayre from Thursday to Sunday last week to raise money for our care home. They sold a variety of their own beautifully made crafts, held three different raffles and raised £758 over the 4 days.

The Trustees, staff, residents and friends would like to THANK THEM ALL for their hardwork and diligence.

We are seeking an Hon Treasurer

By 10th November, 2017 News Comments Off

The Charlotte Straker Project is well established not for profit Care Home providing nursing and residential care to the frail and elderly of the area. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary in September 2017.
We are currently looking for a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to help guide and advise us on financial matters. Our current Treasurer is stepping down from the role after many years.
We have a Finance and Governance Committee with delegated Authority from the Executive Board.
This is a voluntary position.

Please contact Bill Cunningham, Chair of CSP on 01434633999 or 07890998827 for more details.Please click this link for a description of the role

Please click this link to see our latest annual report

Join us for the Great North Run in 2018!

By 24th October, 2017 News Comments Off

SO SORRY – ALL PLACES NOW FILLED FOR THE GREAT NORTH RUN IN 2018! If you would be interested in the 2019 Great North Run, please email sal.urwin@gmailcom to add your name to the “interested” list to hear when our places are first released. Thank you.

Join us for the world’s leading half marathon!

For the first time ever, the Charlotte Straker Project has been allocated some charity places in next year’s Great North Run on 9th September 2018.

We now need your help to ensure that these places are filled, to allow us the chance to raise as much money as possible for the Charlotte Straker Project.

There’s no minimum sponsorship target for places on our team in the Great North Run – just raise as much as you can.

The Great North Run’s 13.1 mile route is lined by thousands of spectators. The course starts in Newcastle upon Tyne and takes runners though the city centre, over the iconic Tyne Bridge and right out towards the coast in South Shields.

Please share to your family and friends; if anyone is interested in a place please email sal.urwin@gmail.com – we will support you all the way with fundraising tips, advice and materials.

Our Apple Day raised £337 and made 70 gallons of juice!

By 16th October, 2017 News Comments Off

Thank you to ALL those who came to our Apple Day on Saturday and Sunday.

John Maude and his team of volunteers worked tirelessly pressing apples to make around around 70 gallons of juice (320 litres) for visitors over the weekend.

They also sold about 10 starter cider kits, so there might be some interesting evenings ahead in Corbridge!
Lots of Corbridge residents, families and children came with their bags of apples, to see how the press worked and to take away their own pressed apple juice.

We donated the used pressed apple (pomace) to the chickens, pigs (named Delia and Nigella) and compost bins, owned by some of our generous visitors.

In total we raised £337 which will enable us to buy a new bed for our nursing residents at Charlotte Straker House.

Thanks to John, and all those who made the weekend such a success (and we hope you’re enjoying your juice!)

Corbridge First School visit us and take part in apple pressing!

By 10th October, 2017 News Comments Off

The pupils from Year 4 at Corbridge First School visited Charlotte Straker House last week. They had a chance to watch volunteer John Maude press some apples, and hear all about how the machines work. Then they sang some harvest songs to our residents.

Many thanks to Miss Ainsley and Mr Harrison for helping to arrange such a great morning, and to all the children for listening carefully and singing so beautifully.

(All photos are by Ian Wylie)

An Interview with our Senior Care Assistant Merilyn Jewitt

By 14th August, 2017 News Comments Off

Merilyn Jewitt is one of our “newer” employees, having worked as a senior carer at Charlotte Straker House for just over 2 years.

Merilyn is a senior carer (and trained nurse), and she is responsible for supervising a team of care assistants, as well as supporting all our residents with their medical and personal care and all other aspects of daily living.
Her parents have lived in Corbridge for over 40 years’ and after her mother died and her father was diagnosed with Parkinsons’ disease, the family decided it would be better for him to move into Charlotte Straker House.
Merilyn says, “It was where my Dad always wanted to go. My Mum and Dad have lived in Corbridge for a very long time, and he always said that if he had to go into a home he wanted to go to Charlotte Straker. To be honest, it’s where everyone wants to go!”

Her father Brian is 89 and loves joining in all the activities and social visits, especially playing chess, indoor gardening and he goes to every single organ recital at St Andrew’s Church in Corbridge. Brian used to play the organ, so he adores music and enjoys listening to the Proms and other music programmes. He was very keen on the visit to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle earlier on this year and enjoyed inspecting the shipping and engineering exhibits. He is visited regularly by his close family, including his daughters and their children.

Merilyn explains “He was a civil engineer and had a long career visiting some of the more far flung places around the world. He is still very proud of the buildings and structures that he helped to build. Although his Parkinson’s is slowly becoming more advanced, he still loves to chat to the carers and visitors about his earlier life.”
Merilyn now lives with her husband in Barrasford, but has spent many years living in Spain, organising bird watching holidays. She still goes out to visit central Spain as much as she can, and is also preparing to go away to Australia to see her youngest son.

“I have three grandchildren”, she says “and I’m kept very busy at work and at home! I think it helps that I’m a pretty active person. Being a senior care assistant is such a rewarding job, but it’s physically demanding, and you spend a lot of time on your feet. Perhaps when I’m retired I will have more time for gardening and walking, but I do love working at Charlotte Straker House. The team of care assistants and nurses are great fun and really supportive”.

She adds “I think my favourite part of the role is building a relationship with each resident. You need to put yourself in their position. I’ve always tried to live my life by the maxim “do as you would be done by”, and I think that applies very much in my role today. I try to work out how to help each resident as an individual, take the time to get to know them, and provide as much support as I can.”

Thank you very much to Merilyn for her hard work and her commitment to Charlotte Straker Project.