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Famous Explorer Conrad Dickinson gives charitable “To Antartica” talk in Corbridge.

By 12th February, 2019 Events, News No Comments

It was standing room in the Corbridge Village Hall when famous explorer Conrad Dickinson gave his “To Antarctica” talk last Friday night.

The tickets for the event sold out within 14 days, and it was a hugely successful evening, with an entertaining account of Conrad’s expedition to Antarctica with Prince Harry and four wounded servicemen.

The evening raised approximately £1,500 towards our Community Respite Care Bed!

Thank you to Conrad for such an entertaining and inspiring presentation, plus all those who contributed towards and organised the evening

The photo below shows (from left to right) Charlotte Straker Trustee Mike Pottage and Conrad Dickinson.

The Tynedale Gift Fair donates £3000 to our brand new accessible bathroom.

By 12th February, 2019 News No Comments

From left to right, Caroline Mason and Jane Daglish from the Tynedale Gift Fair, Charlotte Straker trustee Angela Jones, Margaret Murray from the Tynedale Gift Fair, Charlotte Straker registered manager Marilyn Hunter and trustee Ann Wagstaff.

We were delighted to welcome the Tynedale Gift Fair committee to Charlotte Straker House in order for them to present a cheque for £3000 from the 2018 Tynedale Gift Fair.

This very generous donation has helped us to completely renovate the upstairs bathroom into a fully accessible state of the art integrated bathroom suite for the nursing, residential and respite patients. This new bathroom includes an Arjo Jacuzzi bath system, with an overhead tracking hoist.

Marilyn Hunter, our Registered Manager commented, “we are so grateful to the Gift Fair committee for supporting us again this year and helping to fund our new bathroom. It is a huge bonus to Charlotte Straker House. The new bath and overhead tracking hoist are a perfect solution for our less mobile residents, and the new equipment has been very popular with them as a warm bath is very soothing for those with stiff joints and muscles especially as they can now enjoy a nice long soak!”

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees added, “over the past three years the Tynedale Gift Fair has donated an incredible £9500 to our charity. We’d like to thank Caroline and her team for their generosity and support of our respite, residential and nursing residents.”

Our Community Respite Care Bed supported 29 local families in 2018.

By 15th January, 2019 News Comments Off

We are very proud to report that in 2018 our Community Respite Care Bed supported 29 local families, by providing free of charge, high quality short term respite care breaks for their relatives and loved ones.

Our respite care room costs £45,000 per year and is completely funded by generous donations from our supporters.

The bed has been fully booked through 2018 with 36 admissions, and with some residents coming twice in one year. The feedback from the residents who used the respite bed has been 100% positive throughout 2018.

Joan, who was admitted to the bed in August, stayed with us for two weeks. “The staff are absolutely wonderful: kind; welcoming; and always smiling”, she says, “they are always ready to help you, and I don’t feel guilty if I need to ask for anything. It ticks all the boxes.”

Ann was admitted for a week’s respite care in July. She said, “I was worried when I first came in, but now I’m here I’m enjoying the food and I like the people who look after me.”

Peter, who stayed with us for one week in November, feedback that “I love the food, and I feel happy. The nurses who look after me are extremely nice.” Gina, his daughter added, “It’s a wonderful facility. It’s such a relief to find high quality care for my Dad.”

Iwona, our Deputy Manager states, “This is an essential service and we are proud to be able to provide it for the local community.

Families tell me they are desperate to find some high quality local care to allow them to take a much needed short break from their caring responsibilities.

We do everything we can to ensure that every respite resident we admit is comfortable and settled. It’s all a matter of reassurance and making someone feel safe and happy to be away from home. We encourage our respite residents to join in as much as they can in the activities, complimentary therapies and outings in our home, to ensure they feel confident and have a relaxing stay”.

The Respite Care Bed is now booked up until the end of January, with weeks available throughout the rest of the year. The exact dates and eligibility criteria are available on our page:

If you are planning for respite care in 2019, PLEASE contact us now, to make sure you don’t miss out!

If you have any queries about the eligibility criteria for the Community Respite Care bed, would like to check dates for 2019 and discuss a possible short break, please speak to us on 01434 633999, or email

(The photo below shows our Deputy Manager Iwona with Eric, our current respite resident.)

Thank you to Brocksbushes Farm Shop – we raised £6212!

By 9th January, 2019 News Comments Off

Huge thanks to Caroline, Amanda and the team at Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room for asking us to be their Charity of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

We are enormously grateful to them for giving our team the opportunity to raise funds at the Brocksbushes Sampling Saturdays, Summer and Christmas Fayres.

In the two years we raised £6212, an incredible amount, which will help fund our Community Respite Care Bed as well as essential equipment.

In addition Crafty Women raised £1929 at the Summer and Christmas fayres.

This will make a huge difference to our charity, by supporting our nursing, residential and respite residents in Charlotte Straker House.

Thank you again to the Brocksbushes team for making us feel so welcome and for supporting us throughout the two years.

Conrad Dickinson – “To Antarctica” charity talk at Corbridge Parish Hall.

By 7th January, 2019 Events, News Comments Off

Famous explorer Conrad Dickinson will visit Corbridge to give a one-off illustrated talk on his journey to Antarctica, with Prince Harry and four wounded servicemen.

Conrad hit the headlines when he guided Prince Harry and a group of injured soldiers on one of the most high profile expeditions of modern times.

He is now going to talk about his amazing experience – which included sharing a tent with the Prince – in aid of the Charlotte Straker Project.

Corbridge Parish Hall
Tickets only £10.00; Licensed bar.

To buy tickets please email or ring the Charlotte Straker office on 01434 633 999.

A Christmas visit from the Angel’s “Posh Coffee Box”

By 20th December, 2018 News Comments Off

The Angel of Corbridge visited today with their “Posh Box” mobile coffee shop, (which has been converted from a horse-box) for a fabulous Christmas visit.

The Angel donated home-made mince pies and a selection of hot drinks to the residents, served by their baristas.

Kevin Laing, Managing Director of the Angel at Corbridge commented, “It’s great to see how much the Charlotte Straker residents enjoyed our mobile coffee shop. We love supporting the community, and Christmas istraditionally a time of giving, so we thought it was a great time to arrange a visit.

Marilyn Hunter, our Registered Manager added, “This was a wonderful idea, and our residents really appreciated the visit from the Posh Box. Thank you to Kevin and his team.”

A Christmas Message from Berenice Groves, Our Chair of Trustees

By 19th December, 2018 News Comments Off

A Christmas Message from Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees

“Thank you to all those who made our Centenary Year such a success!

This year marks my first as the Chair of Trustees, and I’m so grateful to have been at the centre of such a vibrant and energetic twelve months.

Our Centenary dinner, Summer Fete and Garden Party were superb occasions that were organised by our untiring volunteers and attended by many, all of whom were connected to our charity. The Centenary Wall hanging unveiling was a unique way to commemorate the centenary, and a chance to confirm our connection with the Corbridge community.

2018 has also been an excellent fundraising year, and our Community Respite Bed has been completely full throughout the last 12 months, has helped 29 local families and is now booked up until March 2019.

We are already planning fundraising events throughout 2019 and we have some wonderful ideas already.

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.

I also want to emphasise how proud I am of our excellent reputation and the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of the Charlotte Straker staff.

Finally, I’d like to thank all those who have welcomed me so warmly and given me so much support in my first year as Chair of the Trustees. I am certainly looking forward to 2019!

With many thanks and best wishes to all our staff, supporters and volunteers for Christmas and the New Year.”


Our Christmas Party and singing by Corbridge First School

By 19th December, 2018 News Comments Off

Our residents had a wonderful Christmas party last week, with a delicious home made seasonal buffet, and with entertainment provided by the children from the Corbridge C Of E First School. Thank you to the pupils and their teachers for visiting as our residents absolutely loved the carols you sang!


Our Christmas trip to Dobbies Garden Centre

By 12th December, 2018 News Comments Off

A group of our residents, volunteers, student nurses and staff visited Dobbies Garden Centre in Ponteland today 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 and helped during the visit, as well as the very helpful staff at Dobbies.

Our Tree of Lights at Charlotte Straker

By 10th December, 2018 Events, News Comments Off

We held a moving Tree of Lights service yesterday at Charlotte Straker House.  Jenny the vicar led the short service and residents, staff and visitors took the opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

Thank you to the choir for singing carols, and to our volunteers for arranging mince pies and mulled wine.

In total, 38 remembrance stars have been bought – thank you so much to all those who ordered an engraved star. We hope you will enjoy seeing them displayed on our Tree. Please remember you can pick up your star from our office during our usual opening hours.