Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

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

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!)