Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Our 2019 Tree of Lights Service

By 17th December 2019

We held a moving Tree of Lights service at Charlotte Straker House.  Our chaplain Rev Jenny Kinnaird led the short service and residents, staff and visitors took the opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. It was touching to see the hearts on our Memory Tree and those dedicated to our residents Alan A, Jill, Mary, Ken M, Billy, Iona, Ken I, Lily and Alan H who passed away in 2019. Thank you to the St Andrew’s choir, Rev David Kennedy who led the blessing of the tree and to our volunteers for arranging mince pies and mulled wine.

Visiting the Christmas Tree Festival in Corbridge

By 12th December 2019

Last week our residents visited the Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival in St. Andrew’s Church – this is one of our favourite outings, and we loved looking at each tree entry and enjoying a cup of tea and mince pie afterwards.

Everyone was pleased to see that our Charlotte Straker tree had won a Bronze Award.

Thank you to all the volunteers at St Andrew’s Church for making us feel so welcome and so Christmassy.

PS – The tree that the Crafty Women were auctioning for our charity received a winning bid of £100 – thank you very much for your generosity!

Thank you to the Corbridge Family Fun Day for funding our Community Respite Care Bed.

By 3rd December 2019

Thanks to donations raised at this year’s Corbridge Family Fun Day and Charity Cricket Match, the running of the Community Respite Care Bed in Charlotte Straker House has been entirely funded between 2nd to the 11th December 2019.

Each week the respite care bed costs £892 and is funded entirely through grants and donations from the local community. So far this year the Respite Care Bed has had 38 admissions for short term care, all from the local community.

We invited John Maude, Chairman of the Corbridge Cricket Club, to visit the Community Respite Care Bed and he was given a certificate of appreciation for his team’s hard work in helping to organise the event.

Thank you to all those who attended and/or gave a donation at the Family Fun Day and Cricket Match. We are delighted to show how much of a difference the money raised benefits the village of Corbridge and the local community!

The photo shows John Maude and Angela Jones, the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Our 2019 Christmas Extravaganza raises £4000!

By 3rd December 2019

The Corbridge Charity Christmas Extravaganza was completely sold out last weekend and was a massive hit, raising an amazing £4,000 which will be split between ourselves and the Corbridge Youth Initiative.

Ninety people crowded into a beautifully decorated Corbridge Parish Hall to enjoy a delicious Christmassy buffet, the chance to bid on our charity auction and dancing to music from the Chequers Band.

Special mention must go to Papaya Catering for the wonderful buffet, Ian Wylie for the photographs and to the Charlotte Straker staff for collecting so many empty gin bottles to decorate the hall! Thank you as well to all our hard working volunteers and supporters who made the evening such a success.

Thank you to all those who came and helped fundraise for the Corbridge Youth Initiative and the Charlotte Straker Project – it makes a huge difference to your local community!

Our Entry into the Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival.

By 29th November 2019

The Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival is back and has some wonderfully creative trees from many different Corbridge businesses and organisations. The Festival is held at St. Andrew’s Church, Corbridge from 29th November to 3rd December 2019

Jayne, our Activity Coordinator, and our residents have been very busy since September making our own “Charlotte Straker Tree” and we think they have produced a masterpiece!

They created a mini “Charlotte Straker House” complete with a decorated “room” with “tiny residents”, and the hangings on the tree were all made to represent events or activities that we have enjoyed over the past few years. These include everything from the Charity Golf Tournament, Charity Fashion Show, outings to the beach, our Summer Fete, visits by Ted the therapy dog, outings to a local farm and more. So much work went into the creation of this design – the tiny room even has the cutest mini framed pictures of all the residents that helped create the design!

We hope you enjoy it, and many thanks to Jayne who worked tirelessly to make sure it was ready for today.

Our Memory Tree – hang a heart to remember someone you loved.

By 26th November 2019

Our new Charlotte Straker Memory Tree is now in the upstairs lounge, and we invite anyone who would like to remember a loved one who has passed away to write a name on a cardboard heart and hang it on our tree. We think this will be a wonderful way to remember the name of someone special – our memory tree will take pride of place during our Tree of Lights ceremony on 15th December and remain in place throughout December and into January.

Thanking our Volunteers at Charlotte Straker House

By 26th November 2019

Last week we held another “Thank you Afternoon Tea” and our residents, staff and trustees invited all our volunteers to thank them for giving up their time to help us at Charlotte Straker House.

Volunteers bring so much to our organisation, including skills, advice, experience, friendship and care. Their commitment and energy is inspiring and very much appreciated by us all.

Marilyn Hunter, Registered Manager, gave a speech and presented “long service” certificates and badges to Shirley Foster and Jean Patterson to thank them for 5 years of volunteer service. Marilyn also thanked volunteers who help with fund raising and helping on stalls and with bucket collections.The afternoon was a chance for the trustees, staff and residents to thank everyone for sharing their skills and knowledge and for the positive impact they make on our residents’ lives. We are genuinely grateful for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication they bring to their roles as volunteers and the fact they make our overall mission of “care according to need” that much easier to achieve.

Buying Replacement Hoists and Tracking from Donations

By 26th November 2019

Thanks to donations we have been able to buy some much needed replacement hoists and install tracking to help our very frail residents. Hoists and tracking provide a way to transfer somebody with limited mobility without putting unnecessary strain on our carers and ensuring the dignity of residents. Residents have reported that they feel very secure due to the smoothness of the equipment and the fact that there is no sudden movement. The new equipment cost over £6000, was installed in rooms 11, 14 and 29 and is already in daily use. Thank you to everyone who has generously donated!

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