Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Charlotte Straker Summer Fete – 8th June 2019 from 2pm onwards

By 20th May, 2019 Events, News No Comments

Our fabulous Charlotte Straker Summer Fete returns this year on Saturday 8th June from 2pm onwards, with many stalls and attractions including: a tombola, children’s games, book stall, plant stall, craft items, cream teas, ice creams and stalls from many other local charities and organisations.

We’d be VERY grateful if you could donate any unwanted items to our tombola stall, second hand books for our book stall, plants for our plant stall and any home made cakes and bakes for the afternoon.

All items can be left in the Charlotte Straker office at any time before 8th June. Thank you very much for your help!

Thanking our Dedicated Volunteers

By 17th May, 2019 News No Comments

Yesterday we held an afternoon tea with a difference.

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.

Lesley Thirlwell, our Deputy Chair of the Trustees, gave a speech and presented “long service” certificates and badges to Janet Earnshaw, Jennifer Wright and Liz Nisbet for their long service as volunteers in our charity.

“Long service” certificates and badges will also be given to Heather Wilson, Barbara Shaw, Suzette Milne and Warwick Milne, as they couldn’t attend this afternoon.

Lesley’s speech in full…

“Our dedicated volunteers are a major strength of the Charlotte Straker Project. Without their contribution of time and energy, our organisation would not have accomplished so much or succeeded in becoming such a vital resource for our surrounding community.

They have a measurable and meaningful impact on the day to day life at our care home and we are immensely grateful for their enthusiasm and commitment.

Some individuals have volunteered for a considerable number of years and have become essential cornerstones of our organisation. We are so grateful for their continued advice and contribution to our charity.

Our helpers volunteer for many different reasons, but for whatever motivation they generously provide their time, skills and support without any expectation of reward.

Today is a chance for the trustees, staff and residents to thank our volunteers 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.”

Flower arranging and our games afternoon

By 16th May, 2019 News No Comments

Last week our residents enjoyed an afternoon of flower arranging, demonstrated by our resident Maureen.

Maureen is very talented and explained to our residents how to create a beautiful display.You can tell how much everyone enjoyed the afternoon.

As well as flower arranging, we also had a games afternoon with a difference: a chance to try quoits plus a traditional tin can alley. This was a big hit with all the residents, and some were in fits of laughter at the attempts to knock down the cans.

We absolutely love all these photos, as it shows our wonderful residents really enjoying themselves and taking great delight in it all.

John Upton, our handyman, retires.

By 1st May, 2019 News No Comments

Last month we said a goodbye to John Upton, our handyman, who retired after many years’ service to the Charlotte Straker Project.

John has been instrumental in maintaining Charlotte Straker House and ensuring the home runs as smoothly as possible.

Our registered manager, Marilyn Hunter presented a retirement gift from all the staff at Charlotte Straker House (vouchers to John’s favourite hotel) during a retirement ceremony.

Everyone at Charlotte Straker would like to extend our thanks to John and to wish him a healthy, happy and relaxing retirement.

 

Charlotte the lamb visits Charlotte Straker House

By 25th April, 2019 News Comments Off

We had a special visitor this week.

Charlotte is a 3 week old orphan lamb from a local farm, and she came to see us at Charlotte Straker House.

Charlotte was the third from a set of triplets and her mother didn’t have enough milk to feed her, so she has been bottle fed since birth.

Pet therapy is proven to reduce anxiety and we have regular visits from therapy dogs and horses, however, this is a first with a pet lamb!

It was quite a complex thing to organise and we have needed approval from Trading Standards to transport the lamb here.

However it has definitely been worth it, as many of our residents lived and worked on farms, and seeing the lamb now, helps them reconnect with their past.

Meg said “I love her. She is so pretty. And tiny too. I think the best thing is her nappy. Thank you for bringing her in.”

 

Visiting new born lambs on the farm

By 16th April, 2019 News Comments Off

Spring was definitely in the air when a party of residents, carers and volunteers visited High House Farm in Matfen last week.

Our Marketing Coordinator, Sally Urwin, showed us around her lambing shed and we met Scabby the sheep, Hatty the ewe and Candy the Shetland pony.

We also had the chance for a cuddle with (newly named) Charlotte and Straker the pet lambs!

Sally will be bringing Charlotte the lamb to Charlotte Straker House in the near future, to meet the residents who couldn’t make it up to the farm.

In the afternoon we all visited the High House Farm Brewery tearooms for a scone and a cup of tea in the sunshine.

As you can see from the pictures, the weather was glorious – long may it continue…

New Trustee for Charlotte Straker – Mark I’Anson

By 27th March, 2019 News Comments Off

The Charlotte Straker Project are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark I’Anson, MBE to the Board of Trustees at the Charlotte Straker Project.

Mark is a Northumbrian based business person, entrepreneur and philanthropist and brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge to our Board. He sold his his own NASDAQ listed computer company (Integrated Micro Products) in 1995, and became Vice President responsible for Sun Microsystems Telco Platform Groups from 1996 to 2000.

After retiring, Mark joined the Boards of a number of local SMEs and is currently chairman of the Northumberland Community Bank, the Haydon Bridge Development Trust and is a director of the Northstar Foundation. He is a past director of the Community Foundation serving Tyne, Wear and Northumberland and the County Durham Community Foundation. Mark was appointed as David Goldman Visiting Professor of Business Innovation at Newcastle University, and was Chairman of the University Council until 2017. Mark was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 for services to entrepreneurship, community engagement and higher education.

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees commented “I am absolutely delighted that Mark has agreed to join the Charlotte Straker Project team and I know that we will hugely benefit from his immense business experience, plus obvious passion and enthusiasm for the charity sector. Mark joins us at an exciting time for the Charlotte Straker Project, with the success of our charitably funded respite care bed and proposed extension to our residential home.”

Mark I’Anson added, “I couldn’t be more pleased to be joining the team at the Charlotte Straker Project. I’ve come across the charity often over my years in the region, and I have always been impressed by the dedicated and caring attitude they show in all their work. I’m keen to to start building on the successes to date.”

Our Charity Race Night raises £710!

By 27th March, 2019 News Comments Off

Thank you to all those who came to our Charity Race Night at Corbridge Corstopitum Club on Saturday night, organised by our Activities Coordinator Jayne Purvis

The evening raised an amazing total of £710!!

Thank you to all the businesses who donated a prize to our raffle (Gb Motor Engineers, Stobo’s Fruit and Veg, The Blue BellThe Wheatsheaf CorbridgeThe Golden Lion CorbridgeCorbridge Garden RoomAcanthusLa Suite, JD Hall Butchers plus Tesco and Waitrose in Hexham).

Thank you to those who donated, and who sponsored a race card and those who sponsored a race.

Jayne would also like to thank Harry Chandler, Peter Purvis and the Bar Staff from the Corstopitum Club, plus Gillian Dixon, Susan Tulip and Margaret Dixon.

Afternoon tea at Matfen Hall

By 21st March, 2019 Events Comments Off

Our residents, volunteers and staff had a wonderful trip to Matfen Hall last week, where they enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea with cakes, scones and pastries in the Library.

This is one of our favourite outings and is always very popular, and we had some lovely feedback from our residents about the wonderful, historic surroundings of the hotel and the delicious food.

Thank you, as always, to the Matfen Hall staff for looking after us so well.

 

Charity Race Night on 23rd March 2019 at Corstopitum Club in Corbridge

By 18th March, 2019 Events Comments Off
Our Activities Coordinator Jayne is organising a Charity Race Night on Saturday 23rd March at the Corbridge Corstopitum Club, with all proceeds going towards the Charlotte Straker Project.

Entry is only £3 per person.

If you would like to sponsor a race for £10 please contact Jayne on jayne.purvis@charlottestraker.org.uk

Jayne is also holding a raffle on the evening, and would be very grateful for any bottle donations (which can be dropped off at our office on Monday to Friday between 9 and 5pm).

If you would like to book a ticket please email jayne.purvis@charlottestraker.org.uk or by ringing 01434 633 999.