Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
We had a special visitor this week.
Charlotte is a 3 week old orphan lamb from a local farm, and she came to see us at Charlotte Straker House.
Charlotte was the third from a set of triplets and her mother didn’t have enough milk to feed her, so she has been bottle fed since birth.
Pet therapy is proven to reduce anxiety and we have regular visits from therapy dogs and horses, however, this is a first with a pet lamb!
It was quite a complex thing to organise and we have needed approval from Trading Standards to transport the lamb here.
However it has definitely been worth it, as many of our residents lived and worked on farms, and seeing the lamb now, helps them reconnect with their past.
Meg said “I love her. She is so pretty. And tiny too. I think the best thing is her nappy. Thank you for bringing her in.”
Spring was definitely in the air when a party of residents, carers and volunteers visited High House Farm in Matfen last week.
Our Marketing Coordinator, Sally Urwin, showed us around her lambing shed and we met Scabby the sheep, Hatty the ewe and Candy the Shetland pony.
We also had the chance for a cuddle with (newly named) Charlotte and Straker the pet lambs!
Sally will be bringing Charlotte the lamb to Charlotte Straker House in the near future, to meet the residents who couldn’t make it up to the farm.
In the afternoon we all visited the High House Farm Brewery tearooms for a scone and a cup of tea in the sunshine.
As you can see from the pictures, the weather was glorious – long may it continue…
The Charlotte Straker Project are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark I’Anson, MBE to the Board of Trustees at the Charlotte Straker Project.
Mark is a Northumbrian based business person, entrepreneur and philanthropist and brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge to our Board. He sold his his own NASDAQ listed computer company (Integrated Micro Products) in 1995, and became Vice President responsible for Sun Microsystems Telco Platform Groups from 1996 to 2000.
After retiring, Mark joined the Boards of a number of local SMEs and is currently chairman of the Northumberland Community Bank, the Haydon Bridge Development Trust and is a director of the Northstar Foundation. He is a past director of the Community Foundation serving Tyne, Wear and Northumberland and the County Durham Community Foundation. Mark was appointed as David Goldman Visiting Professor of Business Innovation at Newcastle University, and was Chairman of the University Council until 2017. Mark was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 for services to entrepreneurship, community engagement and higher education.
Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees commented “I am absolutely delighted that Mark has agreed to join the Charlotte Straker Project team and I know that we will hugely benefit from his immense business experience, plus obvious passion and enthusiasm for the charity sector. Mark joins us at an exciting time for the Charlotte Straker Project, with the success of our charitably funded respite care bed and proposed extension to our residential home.”
Mark I’Anson added, “I couldn’t be more pleased to be joining the team at the Charlotte Straker Project. I’ve come across the charity often over my years in the region, and I have always been impressed by the dedicated and caring attitude they show in all their work. I’m keen to to start building on the successes to date.”
Thank you to all those who came to our Charity Race Night at Corbridge Corstopitum Club on Saturday night, organised by our Activities Coordinator Jayne Purvis
The evening raised an amazing total of £710!!
Thank you to all the businesses who donated a prize to our raffle (Gb Motor Engineers, Stobo’s Fruit and Veg, The Blue Bell, The Wheatsheaf Corbridge, The Golden Lion Corbridge, Corbridge Garden Room, Acanthus, La Suite, JD Hall Butchers plus Tesco and Waitrose in Hexham).
Thank you to those who donated, and who sponsored a race card and those who sponsored a race.
Jayne would also like to thank Harry Chandler, Peter Purvis and the Bar Staff from the Corstopitum Club, plus Gillian Dixon, Susan Tulip and Margaret Dixon.
Our residents, volunteers and staff had a wonderful trip to Matfen Hall last week, where they enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea with cakes, scones and pastries in the Library.
This is one of our favourite outings and is always very popular, and we had some lovely feedback from our residents about the wonderful, historic surroundings of the hotel and the delicious food.
Thank you, as always, to the Matfen Hall staff for looking after us so well.
Our current Community Respite Care resident is Mr Arthur Burgess, who for 23 years ran the Post Office in Corbridge with his wife Mary. Mary sadly died three years ago and Arthur now lives in Crofts Avenue in Corbridge.
Arthur came to Charlotte Straker House for a short respite care break. He told us, “This week has been incredibly good, and everyone has been so helpful and kind. One of the nicest things is having nice meals, prepared and served to me. Now I live on my own, I cook for myself, so it’s a wonderful thing to have tasty meals each day.”
Arthur was born in Cheshire, but moved to Corbridge with his wife and children and was very involved in the village, having many friends in the community. It’s wonderful to see him at Charlotte Straker House especially as so many of the staff recognise and remember him very well.
The photograph shows Care Assistant Jacqui Chilton and Mr Burgess.