Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

An afternoon of singing and prosecco

By 25th September 2020

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
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

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.

New book just published “Corbridge: from Romans to the Coronavirus” with proceeds to our charity

By 15th September 2020

The book “Corbridge: from Romans to the Coronavirus” by David Waugh, has just been published and features almost 80 images from Corbridge’s historic postcard collection and detailed background information.

Our Chair of the Trustees, Berenice Groves said “We are so grateful that David’s book will be supporting our Isolation Unit Appeal. It is a fascinating book, with lots of interesting photos and paintings showing the history of Corbridge, and some well researched information about our village. Dare I say it, that it will be a perfect Christmas present! Thank you very much to David Waugh for choosing to donate half of the cost of each book to our special appeal.”

Available now from Forum Books at The Chapel in Market Place. The price is £10, of which £5 goes to us at the Charlotte Straker Project. To order your book please call Forum Books on 01434 632931

Finishing off our clay sculptures

By 11th September 2020

Our residents have been very busy finishing off their clay sculptures and painting and adding the final touches. They have made a wonderful “NHS” rainbow plus some very cute Peter Rabbit plaques and owl figurines. We are now doing some decoupage and making poppy bowls. Thank you to our Activities Coordinator for organising these crafting sessions – they have proved very popular, and give our residents a chance to relax, be creative and have a good chat.

Our New Registered Manager – Pam Crawley

By 10th September 2020

With a wealth of over 30 years of nursing and NHS management experience, we are delighted to announce that Pam Crawley will become the new Registered Manager of Charlotte Straker House, after Marilyn Hunter, our current manager, retires later on in 2020.

Pam has a wealth of nursing and care home management experience and she will take responsibility for the day to day management of the care home and charity. Pam started her career in the NHS as a registered general nurse and since then has worked in a variety of different private and NHS environments, whilst gaining qualifications in Education and Care Leadership and Management.

Berenice Groves, Our Chair of Trustees, commented “Pam is an experienced and motivated manager, whose strengths include managing people and providing high quality services in a care home setting. We are delighted that she has accepted the post of Registered Manager, and know that her skills and knowledge will be a real asset to Charlotte Straker House. She is clearly passionate about making sure our residents receive exceptional care and that our hardworking staff are supported as much as possible. Marilyn has been an outstanding Manager and when she announced her retirement, we knew we needed to find someone who was as engaged and committed as she has been throughout her career in our nursing home. Pamela will be a worthy successor.”

Pam added, “I am absolutely delighted to have been given the chance to become part of the team at the Charlotte Straker Project. I have been thoroughly impressed with the standards of care and service and the commitment of every staff member. I am looking forward to working with colleagues, residents and families to ensure that the Charlotte Straker Project continues to make a difference to the lives of its residents and remains an essential part of the local community.”

Marilyn will be retiring later in the year, and until then, Pam and she will be working in tandem, to ensure a smooth handover of the management of Charlotte Straker House.

Our new fundraising total is over £28,000

By 8th September 2020

We are delighted to announce that our new fundraising total for our Covid Isolation Unit is over £28,000! Thank you to everyone for your amazing generosity. We asked Ethan Thompson, plus his mum, dad and grandmother Marian to do the honours and place the new total on our fundraising thermometer. Ethan undertook a challenge over the summer holidays to climb the equivalent of Everest using his stairs at home, and in the process raised over £1000 for our appeal. Berenice Groves, our Chair of the Trustees handed Ethan a special certificate and voucher to thank him for his hard work. The photo shows Ethan with Berenice, plus his proud grandmother Marian Moon, Mum Glenys Thompson and Dad Stephen Thompson.

Ethan reaches the summit of Everest – via his stairs at home!

By 2nd September 2020

Huge congratulations to 11 year old Ethan Thompson, who has powered his way through his (virtual) climb up Everest, via his stairs at home, and has now reached the very top!  Ethan has climbed over 8,848 metres on his stairs and has been doing the challenge to raise money for our Isolation Unit Appeal. Ethan’s grandmother Marian is a resident at Charlotte Straker House, and she has been cheering him on through his arduous challenge.

Ethan has raised an incredible £1,243 so far, and reached the summit after 42 days on 28th August. Donations are still welcome via the link here –

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Charlotte Straker Trustees commented, “We are so impressed with Ethan’s dedication and strength and so grateful that he has managed to raise so much for our Isolation Unit Appeal at Charlotte Straker House. His grandmother has been following his progress, every step of the way, and we’ve all been amazed by his commitment and perseverance. Our Isolation Unit is in constant use.  Any resident returning from hospital or with possible symptoms is also isolated in this Unit. We have had no Covid infections in residents so far. One room is being used as a visiting area between residents and families. The money that Ethan has raised will help us towards our goal of keeping the Unit open until the threat of the virus has passed.”

Glenys, Ethan’s mum added “Ethan has climbed almost every single day throughout the Summer holidays, apart from one weekend when he went camping and his birthday. We’re surprised but delighted at the interest his challenge has generated and very pleased at the amount of money raised for the Isolation Unit Appeal. In the second week of the holidays, he fell down the stairs and bruised himself but just brushed it off as an “avalanche” and just got up and carried on climbing. We worked out that he climbed our stairs a total of 3253 times – I am so proud of him and how brave he has been.”

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