Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Reading Groups, Gardening and Clay Sculpture

By 28th August 2020
Our residents have been enjoying some great activity afternoons over the last few weeks. Our volunteer Jean has been reading “Death at Wolf’s Nick” by Diane James – a true crime book about the murder of Evelyn Foster in Otterburn in 1931 (it’s really good and we recommend it!) Jean has also brought in some photos showing the area at the time. Absolutely fascinating.
Our volunteers Diane and Ranald have organised a very popular Gardening Club for our volunteers and have been beautifying the outdoor planters – don’t the summer flowers look wonderful!
Jayne, our Activities Coordinator has been organising “clay sculpture” afternoons, which are very popular. The residents have been making Peter Rabbit ornaments, plaques and figurines. This week, we will be painting our artistic efforts – more pictures to come!

Thank you to AJ Bell for a brand new tablet!

By 28th August 2020
Thank you to James Mattinson from Corbridge who nominated the Charlotte Straker Project to AJ Bell and their #WageWaronCovid campaign.  The AJ Bell Group accepted the nomination and generously donated a Huawei tablet to our care home.  The tablet has become an essential part of video calling between residents and their families – we use it every single day as it is light and portable enough to be taken to residents in their rooms when their families book a Zoom or Skype call.  Thank you very much to James and to the AJ Bell Group for helping us in this way.
The photo shows a video call between our resident Ken and his daughter, using the donated Huawei tablet, plus a picture of our Marketing Coordinator Sally, modelling the AJ Bell tshirt!

Our Covid Pandemic Isolation Unit proves essential to Charlotte Straker House

By 25th August 2020

Our Registered General Nurse Avril Sayle is pictured in our Isolation Unit, administering covid tests to our staff members.

We are delighted to report that our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal has reached £27,137 – thank you to all those who have donated so far.

The Isolation Unit is continually in use, helping to isolate any residents who feel unwell (we have had no cases of Covid in our residents to date), and to quarantine those who are returning from a stay in hospital. The rooms are also being used for family members who visit our residents, when the weather is too poor for them to sit outside in our gazebo on our decking area. And we are using one room as a testing space, as we are now carrying out weekly Covid testing of all members of staff.

Marilyn Hunter (Registered Manager) commented, “We are very grateful to all those who have donated to our Isolation Unit Appeal. The fact that we have a special space where families can meet residents has been a god-send. We have very specific cleaning and staffing arrangements in these rooms and the Unit has been a key point in helping to reduce anxiety around the impact of the Covid virus in our residents and staff, and has helped our families as they know that their loved ones are protected and safe.”

The Charlotte Straker Project has sacrificed the income we would normally receive from these rooms and the Isolation Unit will continue to operate until the threat of Covid-19 infection has passed, with the charity paying the direct costs of setting aside the rooms involved.

You can donate to our appeal at the following link https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/

An update on our Covid19 Pandemic Isolation Appeal

By 3rd August 2020

We are delighted to report that our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal has reached over £20,000.

Thank you to all our wonderful local supporters, and to everyone who has donated – we are so grateful for your generosity.

Ethan Thompson, who is 10 years’ old and lives in Corbridge, has decided to fundraise for our Isolation Unit Appeal by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on the stairs of his home over the summer holidays! He will need to climb the equivalent of 8,850 vertical metres, or climb his stairs 3,253 times over the period of six weeks.So far he has raised £640 for our appeal – well done Ethan.You can sponsor Ethan on his Virgin Moneygiving page  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EthanEverest

We still need your help to raise £70,000 to keep the unit open and running until September.

With the recent rise in Covid19 cases across the North of England, we are confident that our Isolation Unit is essential in keeping our residents and staff safe and well. The Unit is made up of four adjacent rooms in the east wing of our home, separate from the rest of the building. It is currently being used to quarantine any resident that is unwell, or any new residents who join the home or return after a hospital admission. It also has specific staffing arrangements to stop any potential spread of the virus to the rest of the care home, which has access to testing. All residents have tested negative to date.We have sacrificed the income we would normally receive from these rooms to keep everyone safe. The Isolation Unit will continue to operate until the threat of Covid-19 infection has passed, with the charity paying the direct costs of setting aside the rooms involved.

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees commented, “It is heartening to know that this small Northumberland community is doing its utmost to protect those who are most vulnerable and frail. Charlotte Straker staff and trustees are working closely with our village community to protect our residents to ensure we all emerge from this crisis safely.”

You can donate to our appeal at the following link https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/

#CareHomeHeroes – thank you to our staff

By 31st July 2020

We wanted to post about how amazing our staff have been over the last few weeks and to thank them all for going the extra mile in supporting our residents during the Covid pandemic.

There have been many members of staff carrying out kind deeds for residents quietly and without fuss, to comfort and to reassure that all is well.

As well as the “person-centred care” we give to each resident, staff have been going above and beyond their usual duties, and have been posting letters, bringing books, baking treats, bringing crafts to do and crosswords to complete, hairdressing services and nails, chatting and reassuring, bringing in flowers and plants, sitting outside with residents in nice weather and MUCH more to ensure that each lady or gentleman feels happy in themselves.

We don’t want to name individuals, in case we miss out someone that has been carrying out these tasks, but we do want each and every staff member to know that we appreciate your wonderful, dedicated care, and we are immensely grateful.

The Management and Trustees of Charlotte Straker Project.

#carehomeheroes #clapforcarers #dedicatedstaff

Our fundraising total for the Isolation Unit now stands at over £20,000!

By 27th July 2020

Our Fundraising Total stands at over £20,000!

Our latest total for the Isolation Unit Fundraising Appeal is an amazing £20,940. Thank you to all who have generously donated and supported our appeal so far. The link to donate and for more information is here https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/

This total includes our funds raised by our intrepid explorer, Ethan Thompson, who is “climbing the equivalent of Everest” on the stairs of his home over the Summer holidays. He has a target of £500 and has already raised £155. If you would like to donate to Ethan, please click on this link https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EthanEverest

We are so impressed with Ethan’s dedication and brilliant challenge – thank you to him and his family for undertaking this wonderful fundraising idea.

Reading afternoons lead to a renewed friendship

By 23rd July 2020

Marian, a resident in our care home, was enjoying listening to our volunteer Jean read a new book, when she suddenly realised that she knew the author involved.

Jean had chosen “Beestings & Boilie: Memories of a Northumberland Childhood” by Maggie Bardsley as the book for her regular “reading afternoons”.

It is a wonderful account of the author’s childhood in Northumberland and Marian realised that she knew Kath, the sister of the author, from over 60 years ago!

Jean managed to organise a video call between Maggie and Marian and they had a wonderful afternoon reminicsing about earlier days and their friendship together.

(In the photo below Marian is holding up a copy of the book and a photo of Kath that Maggie sent her over email.)

Ethan climbs Everest for our Isolation Appeal

By 20th July 2020

Ethan Thompson has just finished year 6 at St Joseph’s Middle School in Hexham. Ethan’s grandma, Marian, is a resident at Charlotte Straker House and he has decided to fundraise for our Isolation Unit Appeal by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on the stairs of his home over the summer holidays!

He will need to climb the equivalent of 8,850 vertical metres, or climb his stairs 3,253 times over the period of six weeks.

We are so impressed with Ethan’s dedication and brilliant fundraising challenge.  You can sponsor Ethan on his Virgin Moneygiving page  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EthanEverest

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