Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
The Angel of Corbridge visited today with their “Posh Box” mobile coffee shop, (which has been converted from a horse-box) for a fabulous Christmas visit.
The Angel donated home-made mince pies and a selection of hot drinks to the residents, served by their baristas.
Kevin Laing, Managing Director of the Angel at Corbridge commented, “It’s great to see how much the Charlotte Straker residents enjoyed our mobile coffee shop. We love supporting the community, and Christmas istraditionally a time of giving, so we thought it was a great time to arrange a visit.
Marilyn Hunter, our Registered Manager added, “This was a wonderful idea, and our residents really appreciated the visit from the Posh Box. Thank you to Kevin and his team.”
A Christmas Message from Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees
“Thank you to all those who made our Centenary Year such a success!
This year marks my first as the Chair of Trustees, and I’m so grateful to have been at the centre of such a vibrant and energetic twelve months.
Our Centenary dinner, Summer Fete and Garden Party were superb occasions that were organised by our untiring volunteers and attended by many, all of whom were connected to our charity. The Centenary Wall hanging unveiling was a unique way to commemorate the centenary, and a chance to confirm our connection with the Corbridge community.
2018 has also been an excellent fundraising year, and our Community Respite Bed has been completely full throughout the last 12 months, has helped 29 local families and is now booked up until March 2019.
We are already planning fundraising events throughout 2019 and we have some wonderful ideas already.
As I write, we have just had our poignant Tree of Lights service, which gave our residents, staff and visitors the opportunity to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
I also want to emphasise how proud I am of our excellent reputation and the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of the Charlotte Straker staff.
Finally, I’d like to thank all those who have welcomed me so warmly and given me so much support in my first year as Chair of the Trustees. I am certainly looking forward to 2019!
With many thanks and best wishes to all our staff, supporters and volunteers for Christmas and the New Year.”
Our residents had a wonderful Christmas party last week, with a delicious home made seasonal buffet, and with entertainment provided by the children from the Corbridge C Of E First School. Thank you to the pupils and their teachers for visiting as our residents absolutely loved the carols you sang!
A group of our residents, volunteers, student nurses and staff visited Dobbies Garden Centre in Ponteland today to do some Christmas shopping.
We always love our visit to Dobbies in December, as the decorations make everyone feel very Christmassy, and the staff look after us so well.
We enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch, then enjoyed a little more shopping before heading home.
Thank you to our volunteers and staff who organised and helped during the visit, as well as the very helpful staff at Dobbies.
We held a moving Tree of Lights service yesterday at Charlotte Straker House. Jenny the vicar led the short service and residents, staff and visitors took the opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
Thank you to the choir for singing carols, and to our volunteers for arranging mince pies and mulled wine.
In total, 38 remembrance stars have been bought – thank you so much to all those who ordered an engraved star. We hope you will enjoy seeing them displayed on our Tree. Please remember you can pick up your star from our office during our usual opening hours.
Do you use Amazon for online shopping?
The Charlotte Straker Project has signed up to Amazon Smile, just in time for the Christmas shopping rush.
When you click on the link below, and select us as your “charity of choice”, Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the Charlotte Straker Project. All donations will help pay for essential equipment and resources for our respite, residential and nursing residents.
Please support us by starting your Christmas shopping at Amazon Smile and help us with every penny you spend.
Our residents had a wonderful visit to the St. Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival on Monday.
Our own Charlotte Straker tree won a Silver Award in the competition. Thank you to the judges!
Our residents, staff and volunteers enjoyed a cup of coffee and a mince pie, and loved looking at all the different types of trees – the creativity was amazing!
We have four fantastic student nurses working with the Charlotte Straker team this week and next.
Abbey, Sam, Jess and Angela are studying at the Northumbria University, and are in their first year of a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing. They are shadowing our team of RGNs and care assistants, learning best practice in how to care and treat elderly residents.
Iwona has been keeping a close eye on their training and says that they are “doing really well”. I think our residents are also enjoying seeing some new faces.
We’re delighted to be able to provide training to these future nurses – good luck in your studies Abbey, Sam, Jess and Angela!
This year a charity Corbridge Christmas card has been produced, with 10 pence from every card going to ourselves and the Corbridge Youth Initiative.
The beautiful photograph of Corbridge Church was taken by Corbridge resident Ian Wylie. The cards are available from Skrumshus sweet shop in Corbridge and our office in Charlotte Straker House.
If you’re thinking of buying your Christmas cards soon, please support us by buying a pack – every penny raised for us goes towards essential equipment and resources to help our residents at Charlotte Straker House.
Our Crafty Women will have their own stall selling beautiful hand made shawls, cushions, Christmas decorations and homeware. We are raffling a gorgeous mohair shawl in lemon (shown in picture below), hand made by Penny Ely. Raffle tickets are £1 and only available from the Fair.
The Fair will have a raffle, tombola, cake and produce stall, toys and games for children and Santa’s Grotto. Coffees, teas, scones and home made soup available.
Entry is only £1.50 (children free) and includes a Christmas cake raffle ticket. Please come and support our Crafty Women – all proceeds from their stall go towards the Charlotte Straker Project.