Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

#CareHomeHeroes – thank you to our staff

By 31st July, 2020 News Comments Off

We wanted to post about how amazing our staff have been over the last few weeks and to thank them all for going the extra mile in supporting our residents during the Covid pandemic.

There have been many members of staff carrying out kind deeds for residents quietly and without fuss, to comfort and to reassure that all is well.

As well as the “person-centred care” we give to each resident, staff have been going above and beyond their usual duties, and have been posting letters, bringing books, baking treats, bringing crafts to do and crosswords to complete, hairdressing services and nails, chatting and reassuring, bringing in flowers and plants, sitting outside with residents in nice weather and MUCH more to ensure that each lady or gentleman feels happy in themselves.

We don’t want to name individuals, in case we miss out someone that has been carrying out these tasks, but we do want each and every staff member to know that we appreciate your wonderful, dedicated care, and we are immensely grateful.

The Management and Trustees of Charlotte Straker Project.

#carehomeheroes #clapforcarers #dedicatedstaff

Our fundraising total for the Isolation Unit now stands at over £20,000!

By 27th July, 2020 News Comments Off

Our Fundraising Total stands at over £20,000!

Our latest total for the Isolation Unit Fundraising Appeal is an amazing £20,940. Thank you to all who have generously donated and supported our appeal so far. The link to donate and for more information is here

This total includes our funds raised by our intrepid explorer, Ethan Thompson, who is “climbing the equivalent of Everest” on the stairs of his home over the Summer holidays. He has a target of £500 and has already raised £155. If you would like to donate to Ethan, please click on this link

We are so impressed with Ethan’s dedication and brilliant challenge – thank you to him and his family for undertaking this wonderful fundraising idea.

Reading afternoons lead to a renewed friendship

By 23rd July, 2020 Newsletter Comments Off

Marian, a resident in our care home, was enjoying listening to our volunteer Jean read a new book, when she suddenly realised that she knew the author involved.

Jean had chosen “Beestings & Boilie: Memories of a Northumberland Childhood” by Maggie Bardsley as the book for her regular “reading afternoons”.

It is a wonderful account of the author’s childhood in Northumberland and Marian realised that she knew Kath, the sister of the author, from over 60 years ago!

Jean managed to organise a video call between Maggie and Marian and they had a wonderful afternoon reminicsing about earlier days and their friendship together.

(In the photo below Marian is holding up a copy of the book and a photo of Kath that Maggie sent her over email.)

Ethan climbs Everest for our Isolation Appeal

By 20th July, 2020 News Comments Off

Ethan Thompson has just finished year 6 at St Joseph’s Middle School in Hexham. Ethan’s grandma, Marian, is a resident at Charlotte Straker House and he has decided to fundraise for our Isolation Unit Appeal by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on the stairs of his home over the summer holidays!

He will need to climb the equivalent of 8,850 vertical metres, or climb his stairs 3,253 times over the period of six weeks.

We are so impressed with Ethan’s dedication and brilliant fundraising challenge.  You can sponsor Ethan on his Virgin Moneygiving page

Playing Bingo on Zoom

By 16th July, 2020 News Comments Off

Thank you to Melvyn Stone who organised a fabulous Bingo session on Zoom last week. Our Trustee Lesley Thirlwell and staff member Louise Moody set up the big screen in our dining room and made sure that everyone enjoyed the games. Stuart had never played bingo before and won three times, whilst Carol won the full house! It was a great success and Melvyn is planning to organise another games session this week.

Winning Raffle Tickets for the 2020 Charity Fashion Show

By 14th July, 2020 News Comments Off

The winning tickets for the 2020 Charlotte Straker Project and Corbridge Youth Initiative Fashion Show Raffle were drawn today by Dave Crompton at the Norma James shop in Corbridge.

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket – we are disappointed that the Fashion Show had to be cancelled this year, but we are grateful for everyone’s understanding and support.

The winning ticket numbers are as follows. (We will also be contacting each winner individually.)



(The picture shows Angela Jones, Trustee of the Charlotte Straker Project, Dave Crompton and Rosemary Rayfield, Trustee of the Corbridge Youth Initiative – thank you to Ian Wylie for taking the photos).

We have raised over £16000 for our Isolation Unit Appeal

By 13th July, 2020 News Comments Off

We have had an amazing fundraising week for our Covid19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal, and the total now stands at £16,818. Thank you to everyone who has donated, we are so grateful for your generosity.

We have put three more stickers on our fundraising thermometer – (the photo shows our new Receptionist Alice and our Handyman Paul, standing next to the current fundraising total).

Please don’t forget that you can still donate by cheque or online – for more information on our appeal and how to donate please visit 

Sending a special letter to children

By 9th July, 2020 News Comments Off

Our staff have been working so hard at Charlotte Straker House, and our Trustees and Manager were worried about the impact it was having on their families – especially their young children.

Our Registered Manager decided to send a letter to these children, explaining why their mums, dads and family members have been working so hard in Charlotte Straker and to thank each child them for letting us borrow them!

You can read the text of the “special letter” below –  we hope it helps to explain a little why their loved ones are so busy helping our residents during this difficult time.

Crafty Women – selling hand made items online to fundraise for our Isolation Appeal.

By 8th July, 2020 News Comments Off


The Crafty Women in Corbridge have been discussing how to support our Isolation Unit Appeal, and have decided to sell their beautifully hand made items on Facebook and our website in aid of the fundraising appeal. We will be advertising a small selection of craft pieces each week.

If you would like to buy an item, please email Angela will forward you the link to pay and will organise delivery.

Thank you to the Crafty Women for supporting us in this way!

This week we have the following hand made baby and toddler products:

Photo Description Price
1 Children’s drawstring bags that are ideal for the nursery, sports equipment or shoes. Main bag is 100% cotton and machine washable at 40 degrees.a.      Cream print bag with green drawstring, lined with pale yellow cotton. 50 x 37 cms. Two available

b.      Bright blue print bag. Unlined. 40 x 40 cms. Four available.

c.       Orange/purple print bag. Unlined. 35 x 26 cms. Three available.





2 Hand crafted hooded baby star blanket. Perfect for travelling in the car seat. 100% polyester. Machine washable at 40 degrees. Tumble dry on lowest heat setting only.a.      Blue star blanket 3 to 6 months

b.      Pale yellow blanket 3 to 6 months






3 Sweet hand knitted toddler’s cardigan in multi coloured acrylic yarn with hexagonal buttons. Hand wash only and dry flat. 28 cms across front and 28 cms long. £7
4 Charming pale lilac hand knitted acrylic hoodie with pom poms. 31 cms across front and 32 cms long. £7
5 Warm oatmeal hand knitted acrylic hoodie with pom poms. 31 cms across front and 32 cms long £8
6 So cosy! Hand knitted, intricately patterned child’s button-through acrylic hoodie in deep red. Hand wash only and dry flat. 37 cms across front and 43 cms long £15

Rhianna chooses Charlotte Straker residents for her “well-being” bags

By 6th July, 2020 News Comments Off

Rhianna Mills, a 13 year old from Corbridge, applied for a “Caring through Crisis” grant from Foresters Financial for well-being bags for older people who are living on their own during the Covid19 crisis.

Rhianna was successful in her bid and was awarded a grant for £240. She decided to choose individuals in the supported bungalows at the Charlotte Straker Project as well in the RE-engage charity.

Each bag was carefully packed with a card from Rhianna plus lots of goodies including fresh fruit, luxury biscuits and teabags, a magazine, a pot plant, chocolates, cake and toiletries.

Our Registered Manager, Marilyn Hunter, distributed the bags to each chosen recipient in the Charlotte Straker Project.

Marilyn said, “This was a really thoughtful gesture and the ladies that received the “well-being” bags were absolutely delighted by Rhianna’s idea. Life has been monotonous and even a bit lonely under lockdown and it was lovely seeing their faces light up when they received the gifts. Rhianna has made a difference to each of these elderly ladies, and we want to thank her for applying for the grant and choosing the Charlotte Straker Project.”

Rhianna added, “I just wanted to do something to help the local community, and I loved the fact that everyone was so happy with the gifts and it made them smile. It was great to do, and I loved buying all the different items and writing the cards and packing each bag.”

Marilyn Hunter giving a well being bag to Jean Carr, one of the residents at our supported bunglows.

Rhianna with all her packed “well-being” bags!