Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

An update on our Covid19 Pandemic Isolation Appeal

By 3rd August, 2020 News Comments Off

We are delighted to report that our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal has reached over £20,000.

Thank you to all our wonderful local supporters, and to everyone who has donated – we are so grateful for your generosity.

Ethan Thompson, who is 10 years’ old and lives in Corbridge, 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.So far he has raised £640 for our appeal – well done Ethan.You can sponsor Ethan on his Virgin Moneygiving page  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EthanEverest

We still need your help to raise £70,000 to keep the unit open and running until September.

With the recent rise in Covid19 cases across the North of England, we are confident that our Isolation Unit is essential in keeping our residents and staff safe and well. The Unit is made up of four adjacent rooms in the east wing of our home, separate from the rest of the building. It is currently being used to quarantine any resident that is unwell, or any new residents who join the home or return after a hospital admission. It also has specific staffing arrangements to stop any potential spread of the virus to the rest of the care home, which has access to testing. All residents have tested negative to date.We have sacrificed the income we would normally receive from these rooms to keep everyone safe. The Isolation Unit will continue to operate until the threat of Covid-19 infection has passed, with the charity paying the direct costs of setting aside the rooms involved.

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees commented, “It is heartening to know that this small Northumberland community is doing its utmost to protect those who are most vulnerable and frail. Charlotte Straker staff and trustees are working closely with our village community to protect our residents to ensure we all emerge from this crisis safely.”

You can donate to our appeal at the following link https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/