Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
We held a Chinese banquet to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday 16th February. Everyone sat down to a delicious lunch, home made by Head Cook Debbie, plus authentic chinese music, and prawn crackers and fortune cookies.
And we had a special guest that visited to wish everyone good luck for the coming year!
Many thanks to the staff and our Activities Coordinator who planned the day, and of course to our amazing Chinese Dragon.
And we especially loved the bit when the Dragon got his tail stuck!
Thank you to our Fundraising Committee, our residents are able to enjoy regular massage therapy with Simon from Naturel Therapies. The cost of the massages are now funded until March 2019.
The therapy is a huge success with 16 residents regularly taking up the appointments and over 200 free massages given so far.
Two of our residents book privately so that they can have a massage every week, in-between their free appointments.
In all, it is the most popular activity Charlotte Straker offers.
One of our ladies, who has a regular massage commented “I have a back massage every Thursday, which loosens painful muscles in my neck and shoulders. It’s very soothing, and I often drop off to sleep.”
The photo shows Joyce enjoying her weekly back massage from the talented therapist Simon.
We all had a great night yesterday at our #charity gin tasting hosted by Majestic Wine.
Mark Winters, Manager of the Majestic Wine store, guided guests through many different types of gin and mixers, including those from local distillers. The rhubarb gin was a particular favourite!
Many thanks to Mark Winters, and our Trustee Ashley Winters, for organising the event.
The evening raised over £900, which means that we will be able to buy a special reclining chair for our residents and respite patients at Charlotte Straker House.
HUGE thanks to those who came and supported us, and raised such a generous amount for our charity!
A very big THANK YOU to the Tynedale Gift Fair who have donated £3,000 to us from this year’s very successful Gift Fair at Matfen Hall.
This extremely generous donation will go towards essential equipment at Charlotte Straker House. At our last audit, we were told that 17 of our specialist nursing mattresses needed to be replaced – a huge cost to our team. This donation will pay for all these mattresses – thank to everyone on the Tynedale Gift Fair team for their donation!
The picture (by Ian Wylie) was taken at the Boxing Day meet and shows from left to right – Peter Wood, Trustee of Charlotte Straker, Sue Fawdington of Fawdington Suzuki Hexham who were the main sponsor for the Gift Fair, Mike Pottage, Trustee of Charlotte Straker, Caroline Mason, Chairperson of the Tynedale Gift Fair, Angela Jones, Trustee of Charlotte Straker and behind, on horseback, Charlie Shirley-Beavan, Master of the Tynedale Hunt.
Thank you to the amazing Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room for choosing us as their Charity of the Year 2018!
We had such a rewarding year at Brocksbushes in 2017, raising an impressive total of £4,000 which will go towards the purchase of some essential new equipment (brand new hospital grade beds and reclining chairs) for nursing, residential and respite patients at Charlotte Straker House.
This year, we will be joining some of the Sampling Saturdays through out 2018 (dates here) and our Crafty Women will again be part of their annual Summer and Christmas Fayres.
Thank you to Caroline, Amanda and the hardworking team at Brocksbushes for allowing us to join them again through 2018!
The pictures below show some snapshots of our fundraising at Brocksbushes throughout 2017.
Thank you to the Hexham Courant for a lovely article (and photo!) on Bill’s retirement as Chair of Trustees, and our new Chair of Trustees Berenice Groves and Vice Chair Lesley Thirlwell.
Comments from Berenice, Lesley, Marilyn Hunter (Registered Manager) and Iwona Proszowska (Deputy Manager) in the article include:
“Bill’s stewardship of our charity has been characterised by strategic and innovative thinking, and his hard work has been invaluable in establishing an indispensable local service for the community in Tynedale,”
“His energy and devotion to the role has been exemplary and he steps down as chairman on a very strong footing.”
“His support and encouragement has been very important to us during his tenure as chair of the trustees. His knowledge and expertise has helped immensely in ensuring the smooth running of the organisation and in the development of our services, including the community respite care bed service.”
The Annual Accounts are presented to our AGM in September of each year and discussed and adopted by Trustees. These Accounts were audited by Armstrong Watson (Chartered Accountants) of Hexham.
We have tried over the years to see that money received for our Charitable activities (the delivering of care) match all our general outgoings. Many of the pressures on Charlotte Straker are also faced by the care home sector as a whole in Northumberland. Balancing the books has become noticeably harder with margins being squeezed and rising costs.
It should be noted that at the end of the financial year 2016/17 we had raised £132,000 towards the Community Respite Bed Appeal. We also received a number of Legacies; some of which went to the CRB Appeal and some into our Development Fund for future work to enhance and upgrade Charlotte Straker House.
Occupancy has been high over the year with one room being used for the new Community Respite Bed service which began on 1st January 2017. The trustees continue to be mindful of the current and uncertain economic climate when considering financial issues and are aware of the need to manage the overall financial performance of Charlotte Straker with great care.
We must also note that an important aspect of our work is ensuring our ethos is implemented – that care is given according to need and an inability to pay is not a bar to entry. This makes our Fundraising activities and financial results all the more important. It should be noted that Trustees are all volunteers and unpaid.
For the current year we have set a robust budget and at the time or writing (December 2017) we are working to that budget.
The accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017 are available to download by clicking here. A detailed description of the pressures we faced is given in the Trustee report.