Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
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.”
As it seems unlikely that this is event will be held in the near future, anyone holding a ticket who would like to reclaim the ticket money, please take the ticket to the shop from which it was purchased to claim the refund. The refund process is open until July 25th after which any remaining money will be donated to the charities.
The Fashion Show raffle will be drawn at the beginning of the week beginning July 13th
Our Chair of Trustees, Berenice Groves recorded a short video to help launch our Isolation Unit Appeal – you can watch it here:
Great news! So far we have raised £5,570 towards the Charlotte Straker Isolation Unit Appeal (CSIU). This includes a £5000 grant from the National Emergencies Trust via the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and £570 in donations. We are awaiting approval from Northumberland County Council for a further £5,330 specifically for the CSIU as part of the government’s Infection Control Grant. If successful this will bring the total raised for the CSIU to £10,900, which is a superb start to this appeal!
You can donate to our appeal at the following link https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/
The picture shows Marilyn Hunter (Registered Manager), Ian Duthie (Registered Nurse) and Berenice Groves (Chair of the Trustees) in front of our new fundraising thermometer.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO DONATE TO OUR APPEAL PLEASE VISIT
We knew we needed to move quickly when the pandemic emerged in the UK to keep our vulnerable residents safe and well. The Charlotte Straker Trustees and Management decided to set up a new Isolation Unit to keep the home free from Covid-19.
We said goodbye to our staff member Christine Dawson last month. Christine started work at Charlotte Straker House in March 2008 as a Care Assistant, and was promoted in 2010 to become a valued Senior Care Assistant. She worked for seven years as part of the day shift care team, and five years on the night shift.
We asked her what changes she saw at Charlotte Straker House, and her favourite parts of her job.
She says “During my time at Charlotte Straker House I saw the introduction and removal of the palliative care unit, plus the introduction of the successful Community Respite Care Bed. It is the residents that I will remember most: Billy S for his wry humour, dance moves and lovely smile; Molly R and her pride when receiving her award for the work she did at Bletchley Park; Brian J for his wonderful comments on my eyes looking like “pools of deep blue sea”; and of course Gwen W, Lily S, Audrey J and Joan J, who was the longest-serving resident.
As far as staff, I will miss them all, but especially Claire MacDonald and Eleanor Graham for their guidance and support when I first started at Charlotte Straker House and Kerri Smith and Sandra Brothwood for their support and guidance when I transferred to the night shift. And of course Sarah Findlay who, sadly is no longer with us. She had a heart of gold and was a ray of sunshine and I miss her dearly.
I’ve enjoyed the diversity of the job and the feeling that I made a difference in peoples lives. Working both day shift and night shift gave me a greater appreciation of the work involved over 24 hour period in the Home.
I am very much looking forward to retirement and spending more time with my family. We are expecting a new puppy (Alaskan Malamute) in the near future and I’ll be working on my ongoing garden projects, plus walking, brushing up on photography and of course enjoying some holidays!”
The Trustees and Management of the Charlotte Straker Project would like to thank Christine very much for her years of hard work at Charlotte Straker House, and for her commitment, professionalism and wonderful care of our residents. We wish her all the best in her future life and sincerely hope she enjoys her retirement!
Our volunteers have knitted and crocheted over 30 little pairs of hearts, with the aim of giving one of each pair to our resident, and sending another to their families, as an idea to help them and their loved ones manage the pain of separation over lockdown.
Over 15 of our residents were keen to join in and we visited their rooms so they could choose a pair of hearts.
The knitted hearts have now been posted to families, and includes a small message from our staff and management – we hope you enjoy receiving them!
(The message we sent each of the families
“We hope that this might bring a smile to your family during this difficult time. The staff are also sending our love to you and to reassure you that we are doing our utmost to make sure your loved one is safe and happy”.)