Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
The Corbridge Parish Council has generously sponsored the Community Respite Care Bed from the 16th to the 23rd December 2019.
We invited Will Clouston (Chair of Corbridge Parish Council) and Liz Buckley (Vice-Chair) to Charlotte Straker House.
Claudia Ionita (Deputy Manager) and Angela Jones (Chair of Fundraising) presented a Certificate of Thanks, and we took the opportunity to show the Councillors around Charlotte Straker House and to enjoy a cup of tea and a home made scone!
The Community Respite Care Bed costs £892 each week and is funded entirely through grants and donations from the local community. This year we have had 38 individual admissions from families in the local area, and have had 100% good feedback.
Will Clouston commented, “It is wonderful to see how much of a difference our donation has made to this local charity, and it was lovely to meet those who benefit from the respite care bed.”
The picture below shows (from l to r) Liz Buckley, Claudia Ionita, Will Clouston and Angela Jones.
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our residents, their families, our wonderful staff and our volunteers.
We are really looking forward to spending Christmas at Charlotte Straker House, as it is always a special and exciting time of year. Our staff are currently very busy making sure that everything is ready for the Christmas season, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them ALL for their tremendous hard work and dedication throughout 2019. We are extremely proud of our staff team and know that every member goes above and beyond to provide an exceptional level of care and support to our residents and their families.
Thank you to you all and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.”
“Merry Christmas to all our residents, staff, volunteers and supporters from the Charlotte Straker Project!
We have had a very busy and productive year, with many very successful fundraising events. Some of these included our Talk by Conrad Dickinson, our Charity Golf Day, our Summer Fete, the Race Night and Gin Tasting Evening and of course the Christmas Extravaganza. We are already planning our 2020 fundraising calendar – please watch this space.
This year our Community Respite Care Bed has remained a vital part of the community, with over 38 admissions throughout 2019. These respite residents stayed from one to two weeks, and the feedback has been 100% positive from both them and their families.
Every donation made this year, whether large or small, helps us to help our residents. With your generosity we were able to buy new equipment, new services and retain our respite care bed service through 2019. Each week the respite care bed costs £892 and is funded entirely through grants and donations from the local community.
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. It was especially touching to see the hearts hanging on our Memory Tree in remembrance of Alan A, Lily, Jill, Mary, Ken M, Billy, Iona, Ken I and Alan H who sadly passed away this year at Charlotte Straker House. We send love to their families.
Finally, I also want to emphasise how proud I am of the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of Marilyn, Claudia and their fantastic team of staff. Many thanks to you all and I look forward to seeing you over the Christmas period.
On behalf of all of the Charlotte Straker Trustees, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year.”
A group of our residents, volunteers, student nurses and staff visited Dobbies Garden Centre in Ponteland 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 the visit, as well as the very helpful staff at Dobbies.
We held a moving Tree of Lights service at Charlotte Straker House. Our chaplain Rev Jenny Kinnaird led the short service and residents, staff and visitors took the opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. It was touching to see the hearts on our Memory Tree and those dedicated to our residents Alan A, Jill, Mary, Ken M, Billy, Iona, Ken I, Lily and Alan H who passed away in 2019. Thank you to the St Andrew’s choir, Rev David Kennedy who led the blessing of the tree and to our volunteers for arranging mince pies and mulled wine.
Last week our residents visited the Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival in St. Andrew’s Church – this is one of our favourite outings, and we loved looking at each tree entry and enjoying a cup of tea and mince pie afterwards.
Everyone was pleased to see that our Charlotte Straker tree had won a Bronze Award.
Thank you to all the volunteers at St Andrew’s Church for making us feel so welcome and so Christmassy.
PS – The tree that the Crafty Women were auctioning for our charity received a winning bid of £100 – thank you very much for your generosity!
Thanks to donations raised at this year’s Corbridge Family Fun Day and Charity Cricket Match, the running of the Community Respite Care Bed in Charlotte Straker House has been entirely funded between 2nd to the 11th December 2019.
Each week the respite care bed costs £892 and is funded entirely through grants and donations from the local community. So far this year the Respite Care Bed has had 38 admissions for short term care, all from the local community.
We invited John Maude, Chairman of the Corbridge Cricket Club, to visit the Community Respite Care Bed and he was given a certificate of appreciation for his team’s hard work in helping to organise the event.
Thank you to all those who attended and/or gave a donation at the Family Fun Day and Cricket Match. We are delighted to show how much of a difference the money raised benefits the village of Corbridge and the local community!
The photo shows John Maude and Angela Jones, the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
The Corbridge Charity Christmas Extravaganza was completely sold out last weekend and was a massive hit, raising an amazing £4,000 which will be split between ourselves and the Corbridge Youth Initiative.
Ninety people crowded into a beautifully decorated Corbridge Parish Hall to enjoy a delicious Christmassy buffet, the chance to bid on our charity auction and dancing to music from the Chequers Band.
Special mention must go to Papaya Catering for the wonderful buffet, Ian Wylie for the photographs and to the Charlotte Straker staff for collecting so many empty gin bottles to decorate the hall! Thank you as well to all our hard working volunteers and supporters who made the evening such a success.
Thank you to all those who came and helped fundraise for the Corbridge Youth Initiative and the Charlotte Straker Project – it makes a huge difference to your local community!
The Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival is back and has some wonderfully creative trees from many different Corbridge businesses and organisations. The Festival is held at St. Andrew’s Church, Corbridge from 29th November to 3rd December 2019
Jayne, our Activity Coordinator, and our residents have been very busy since September making our own “Charlotte Straker Tree” and we think they have produced a masterpiece!
They created a mini “Charlotte Straker House” complete with a decorated “room” with “tiny residents”, and the hangings on the tree were all made to represent events or activities that we have enjoyed over the past few years. These include everything from the Charity Golf Tournament, Charity Fashion Show, outings to the beach, our Summer Fete, visits by Ted the therapy dog, outings to a local farm and more. So much work went into the creation of this design – the tiny room even has the cutest mini framed pictures of all the residents that helped create the design!
We hope you enjoy it, and many thanks to Jayne who worked tirelessly to make sure it was ready for today.
Our new Charlotte Straker Memory Tree is now in the upstairs lounge, and we invite anyone who would like to remember a loved one who has passed away to write a name on a cardboard heart and hang it on our tree. We think this will be a wonderful way to remember the name of someone special – our memory tree will take pride of place during our Tree of Lights ceremony on 15th December and remain in place throughout December and into January.
Last week we held another “Thank you Afternoon Tea” and our residents, staff and trustees invited all our volunteers to thank them for giving up their time to help us at Charlotte Straker House.
Volunteers bring so much to our organisation, including skills, advice, experience, friendship and care. Their commitment and energy is inspiring and very much appreciated by us all.
Marilyn Hunter, Registered Manager, gave a speech and presented “long service” certificates and badges to Shirley Foster and Jean Patterson to thank them for 5 years of volunteer service. Marilyn also thanked volunteers who help with fund raising and helping on stalls and with bucket collections.The afternoon was a chance for the trustees, staff and residents to thank everyone for sharing their skills and knowledge and for the positive impact they make on our residents’ lives. We are genuinely grateful for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication they bring to their roles as volunteers and the fact they make our overall mission of “care according to need” that much easier to achieve.