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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/
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.
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 https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/
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 https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EthanEverest
We are so impressed with Ethan’s dedication and brilliant challenge – thank you to him and his family for undertaking this wonderful fundraising idea.
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 https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EthanEverest
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.
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 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 https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
|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 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.”