Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Our residents love Ted the therapy dog.

By 24th July, 2019 News Comments Off

Ted the “Wag & Company” therapy dog is a regular and well loved visitor to Charlotte Straker House. His owner, Mark, brings him to see the residents almost every week and takes time to visit each room so that everyone can enjoy a chat, and a pat and cuddle with Ted.

Ted the terrier is very friendly and patiently sits on our resident’s laps and loves the attention. He’s also a great favourite with our staff!

We’d like to thank Mark for taking the time to visit us, and sharing his stories and friendship. His visits make a great difference in lifting spirits and encouraging our residents to reminisce and remember their own pets.

Wag and Company is a North East based charity that enables suitable dogs and their handlers to visit and befriend older dog lovers in care settings across the region. You can find more information about them here –

Corbridge Charity Cricket Match and Family Fun Day – 25th August 2019

By 22nd July, 2019 Events Comments Off

Our very popular Corbridge Family Fun Day returns and will be held on Sunday 25th August 2019 at the Corbridge Cricket Club.

Three teams will be battling it out in the Corbridge Charity Cricket Tournament from 12.30pm and there will also be a village quoits competition and a tug of war!

Children will be entertained by games of mini cricket, children’s games, a bouncy castle, children’s stalls and tuckshop, face painting, a tombola and the opportunity to take part in arts and crafts.

Plus afternoon tea, a BBQ from 5pm, some excellent charity stalls, a full bar, Gin & Tonia and live music til late.

It’s a FREE OF CHARGE event, and is held to raise funds for our charity, plus the Corbridge Youth Initiative and the Corbridge Cricket Club.

Please put the date in your diary and let your friends and family know!

Afternoon Tea at Dobbies Garden Centre

By 17th July, 2019 News Comments Off

Last week our residents enjoyed a visit to Dobbies Garden Centre for afternoon tea. We always love our visits to the cafe here, as the Dobbies staff are so helpful and welcoming, and the cakes and scones are delicious!

After tea, our residents took the opportunity to do some shopping, and enjoyed browsing through the plants, clothes and gifts with our volunteers and staff members.

Thank you to those who helped us on the day and to Dobbies for hosting our visit.

Our Golf Day raises £3,800 for the Community Respite Care Bed.

By 15th July, 2019 News Comments Off

The winning team from Harlow Printing 

Our annual charity golf day was played last week at Matfen Hall Golf Club. This is one of our flagship fundraising events and this year, we raised an amazing £3,800 which will go towards funding the Community Respite Care Bed at Charlotte Straker House.

Thank you SO much to our golf teams. Each golfer completed a round of 18 holes to raise money for the Charlotte Straker Project.

First prize goes to the four golfers from Harlow Printing Ltd, who played a brilliant round.

2nd prize went to Thompson’s of Prudhoe and third prize to Hexham Leazes. Well done to everyone!

Thank you to all those, both private individuals and businesses, that gave their time, money and effort to make this event such a success, especially the golfers in the following teams:……

  • Joyce Developments Team 1
  • Joyce Developments Team 2
  • The Butcher’s Boys
  • Harlow Printing
  • G&B Civil Engineering
  • MKM Durham
  • HTA Real Estates
  • R Stobo
  • Tubosider UK Ltd
  • Polypipe Civils
  • Hugh’s Hackers
  • Super Golf Glimps
  • Kew LDS
  • Thompsons of Prudhoe
  • Tait Walker
  • Brewin Dolphin
  • Hexham Leazes

Thank you to our hole sponsors:

  • Joyce Developments
  • Swansons
  • George Urwin
  • David Waugh
  • Harlow Printing Limited
  • Visit Corbridge
  • Brewin Dolphin
  • Polypipe Civils
  • Tubosider UK Ltd

Special thanks also go to:

  • Joyce Developments for generously sponsoring the event.
  • All those businesses who donated raffle prizes for the day.
  • To Nicola Hawes, the Manager of Matfen Hall Golf Club.
  • To Keith at the Keepers Lodge at Matfen Hall
  • To Ian Wylie who came and took the following photos!



A Farewell tea for Iwona, our Deputy Manager

By 9th July, 2019 News Comments Off

This week we said goodbye to Iwona Proszowska, who has worked as our Deputy Manager since December 2014. Iwona is leaving to take up a further role in the care industry, and we are all sad to see her go!

We organised an afternoon tea and homemade cake, and Iwona spent time saying goodbye to our residents, staff, trustees and volunteers.

Our Vice-Chair Lesley Thirlwell presented Iwona with flowers from the Charlotte Straker Trustees and gave a leaving speech.

Marilyn Hunter, Registered Manager presented Iwona with flowers, a gift voucher, wine and a card from the Charlotte Straker staff.

We will certainly miss Iwona, and we wish her all the best in her new position and future career.

A visit to Halton Castle, in the rain!

By 2nd July, 2019 News Comments Off

Our residents visited Halton Castle, by kind invitation of our Trustee, Anna Blackett.

Even though it was a wet day, it was a lovely visit, with a walk to see the beautiful grounds (under umbrellas!) and then tea and scones to warm up in Halton Castle. The views from the garden are stunning, even on a wet and misty day.

Thank you to Lady Blackett for hosting, plus our volunteers and members of staff who assisted on the day.

Thank you for our brand new equipment.

By 1st July, 2019 News Comments Off

We’d like to thank our loyal fundraisers for enabling us to buy the following pieces of equipment for our residents:

The “digital chair scale” is designed to weight less mobile people accurately and comfortably, whilst they are seated and fully supported. Thank you to the ladies of the Crafty Women club in Corbridge for raising over £500 for this piece of equipment.

A brand new “rising recliner” chair, which supports our residents, distributing their weight and helping to relieve back pain and improve poor circulation. Thank you to our supporters who raised over £1,000 to buy this recliner – our residents are already using the chair and have pronounced it extremely comfy!