Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

We reach £42,250 for our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal

By 20th October, 2020 News No Comments

Thanks to your generosity we have reached a new total of £42,250 for our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit appeal. Our Trustee and Treasurer Gordon Parfitt (plus Tallulah the dog!) did the honours and put the new sticker on our fundraising thermometer. The total is slowly but surely rising and is a great testament to the support we are receiving from our local community. Thank you again, and if you have not already donated please go to https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit for more information on the campaign and the different ways to donate.

Our Exercise Challenge team have reached Kings Lynne in Norfolk!

By 19th October, 2020 News No Comments

By the end of the 4th week of “Team Charlotte Straker’s” Round Britain Exercise Challenge we have travelled from Rame Head, Cornwall to Southampton, around the Isle of Wight then back along the south coast through Sussex, Kent, Essex, Suffolk arriving at Kings Lynne, Norfolk. See progress in week 4 in BLUE on the map.

If you have not already donated to help ‘Team CS’ to raise £5,000 for the Isolation Unit Appeal please go to:-www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/CSPExerciseChallenge

We have raised over £37,500 for our Isolation Unit Appeal

By 14th October, 2020 News No Comments
Our new total for our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit stands at over £37,500! Thank you very much for your donations.
Carol Moffatt, one of our Exercise Challenge team members, is shown putting the new amount on our fundraising thermometer.
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Win a Handmade Quilt – and raise money for our Isolation Appeal

By 7th October, 2020 News No Comments

The Crafty Women have created two gorgeous hand made quilts to raffle in aid of our isolation appeal. The first is a 1.5 m x 1 m quilt in shades of blue with hand crafted rosettes, and the second is a 1 m x 1 m quilt in beautiful pink colours with hand appliqued butterflies.

We have 20 raffle tickets at £5 each. For a chance of winning either quilt, please email Angela Jones on angela.jones@charlottestraker.org.uk and she will organise your payment and allocate you a number. Once all the 20 tickets are sold we will draw the 2 winning tickets. The first ticket drawn will have a choice of which quilt they would prefer.

Our Isolation Appeal reaches £32,500

By 5th October, 2020 News No Comments

Our new total for our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit stands at over £32,500!

David Thompson, a member of the Fundraising Committee, is shown putting the new amount on our fundraising thermometer.

We have been receiving some fantastic messages via those who have donated on our Virgin Money Giving link, which are a great encouragement to those in our fundraising team. E.g “We support your good work, keep going in these troubled times” and ‘You are all doing an amazing job, we thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts”. Thank you for your donations AND your kind messages – we make sure that everyone involved in the Isolation Appeal has a chance to read them.

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Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal

Our latest report from the Isolation Appeal Exercise Challenge

By 5th October, 2020 News No Comments

By the end of week 2 (3rd Oct) of the Exercise Challenge we have travelled down the West Coast to Liverpool, then crossed the Irish Sea by Ferry from Birkenhead (miles not counted!) and journeyed from Belfast along the Irish Border east to west, to arrive at Bushmills, NI. We continue to need your help to raise £5,000 for the Isolation Unit Appeal.

If you have not already donated please go to:-www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/CSPExerciseChallenge

Our new fundraising total is over £30,000

By 30th September, 2020 News No Comments
Our new total for our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit is over £30,000!
Dr Bill Cunningham, Trustee of the Charlotte Straker Project is shown putting the new amount on our fundraising thermometer.
Thank you to all those who have generously donated so far – we are enormously grateful!
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An afternoon of singing and prosecco

By 25th September, 2020 News No Comments

Yesterday our residents did some fundraising themselves by taking part in a “Fundraise for Macmillan Cancer” afternoon. They enjoyed an afternoon of prosecco and some singing by the talented Ruth Boyd. Ruth stood outside our dining room on the decking and sang a medley of well known songs, whilst everyone listened through the windows, sang and clapped along. We also incorporated a music therapy session. Thank you to everyone who took part – the photos below show our residents enjoying the music.

Launch of the “Team Charlotte Straker Round Britain Exercise Challenge”

By 21st September, 2020 News Comments Off
The “Team Charlotte Straker” Round Britain Exercise Challenge was launched today, with a number of staff, trustees and volunteers undertaking as many exercise miles as possible to raise money for the Charlotte Straker Covid Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal.
Ethan Thompson, who climbed the equivalent of Everest (using his stairs at home) was invited to hand over a special Olympic baton to Bill & Rosie Cunningham, who will be taking part in the new challenge.
Each week our team will cycle, walk, run and golf with the aim of adding enough exercise miles to go round the entire coast of England, Scotland, Wales and also the whole of Northern Ireland. Some of our care staff at Charlotte Straker House will also be adding the number of steps they do working when on shift.
Our Chair of the Trustees, Berenice Groves commented, “Our intrepid team are hoping to travel 6,155 miles – the equivalent to the distance around the coast of the UK. I am blown away by everyone’s enthusiasm and dedication to raising money for our Isolation Unit Appeal – which needs £70,000 to ensure it remains operational during the Covid pandemic. We will be giving updates from the team, to let everyone know how far they’ve managed to travel. Thank you to everyone who has generously given so far, and we are hoping that this new challenge will inspire more donations, to allow us to keep our Unit open.”
The photos below show Ethan “virtually” handing over the baton, plus some of our Trustees and supporters during their exercise challenges!

Afternoon tea at Charlotte Straker House

By 16th September, 2020 News Comments Off

Our afternoon tea took place last week with delicious home baked cakes and treats, all made by our Head Cook Debbie. Our residents, even though social distancing had to be observed, really enjoyed the chance to meet and enjoy some home baked goodies, plus chat to our staff and volunteers. We are taking the opportunity to have small gatherings in the afternoon, to provide some variety and good conversation during the renewed lockdown at Charlotte Straker House.