Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

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

By 27th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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