Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Gift Aid in 2019 allows us to buy essential equipment.

By 20th November 2019

It’s essential that we explain to our supporters how important it is for them to fill in gift aid for when they make a donation.

Recently, the two “syringe drivers” at Charlotte Straker House needed to be replaced. A syringe driver is a vital piece of equipment that helps delivers medication at a constant rate. It’s sometimes called a continuous subcutaneous infusion and enables our nurses to deliver treatment to those who find it dfficult to swallow or absorb medicines properly. The driver is quite a complex piece of equipment and has an inbuilt computer that calculates the rate at which the prescribed medications should be given and displays this on a computer screen. The syringes need to be annually calibrated and tested and replaced as soon as it shows any sign of deterioration.

The gift aid raised on donations during 2019 made it possible for our manager to buy two new syringe drivers – with a total cost of over £2,000. They are key items for the health and well being of our residents.

Thank you VERY much to those who filled in the forms to allow us to claim gift aid on your donations during 2019!

The picture shows one of our Registered General Nurses, Merilyn Jewitt, with a new driver.

Visiting the Metro Centre to see the Christmas lights.

By 11th November 2019

A small group of residents and volunteers visited the Metro Centre last week on an outing to see the Christmas lights. Everyone was very impressed, especially with the enormous decorative reindeers, poppy cascade, Christmas trees and statues! We all enjoyed looking at all the different decorations, chatting about the Christmas lights and doing a bit of early Christmas shopping. Thank you to our staff and volunteeers who accompanied us on the day.

Remembrance Day at Charlotte Straker House

By 11th November 2019

Our residents commemorated Remembrance Day by making our very own handmade “poppy cascade” with some beautiful felt poppies, which now hangs in the dining room. We will be adding to it each Remembrance Day with poppies made by our residents.

Please don’t forget that we also have our “poppy bags” for sale for £5 in our office, with half of the price going towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Raise Money for the Poppy Appeal with our handmade Poppy Bags!

By 31st October 2019

Our residents have been hard at work making beautiful bright red poppies for our Charlotte Straker bags, in time for Remembrance Day. The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is one of our residents’ favourite charities and they always make an effort each year to raise what money they can for the campaign.

You can buy your own Charlotte Straker Poppy Bag for only £5.00, half which will be donated directly to the Poppy Appeal.

Please buy your bags directly from the office at Charlotte Straker House.

Visiting the Tynedale Gift Fair

By 31st October 2019

Our residents visited the Tynedale Gift Fair at Matfen Hall on Tuesday afternoon and spent a happy few hours browsing the stalls and doing some early Christmas shopping.

Everyone enjoyed a soup and sandwich lunch in the Print Room, and loved chatting with our volunteers and staff.

Thank you also to the Crafty Women, who manned a stall for the whole two days, selling their beautiful handmade items in aid of our charity. They raised a total of £287 – thank you so much for your hard work!

Crafty Women at the 2019 Tynedale Gift Fair

By 23rd October 2019

The Tynedale Gift Fair at Matfen Hall is back for 2019 and this year our Crafty Women will be selling their beautiful handmade cushions, decorations, gifts and clothing, all in aid of our charity. Some of the items for sale can be seen below.

The Gift Fair will be held on:

Monday 28th October 2019 3.30 pm – 8.30 pm and
Tuesday 29th October 2019 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.
Entry £4 on the door (includes a raffle ticket).

This year the Fair is supporting “My Name’5 Doddie” charity, which aids research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease.

The numerous stalls include everything needed for an unforgettable festive season including gift ideas, furnishings, candles, clothing, tableware, soaps and jewellery plus delicious Christmas food stalls hosted by local producers.

Please visit and support our Crafty Women – we wish the Gift Fair all the best for this year, and we will certainly be taking some of our residents to Matfen Hall to do some Christmas Shopping!

Our residents enjoy a cookery lesson (and eating the cakes afterwards!)

By 16th October 2019

We had a wonderful time at a cookery lesson, organised by our Activities Coordinator and kitchen staff last week.

A lot of our residents used to bake and cook every day for their families, and really enjoyed the chance to remember old skills.

We made little sponge cakes and cheese straws and discussed different baking tips and recipes.

Rolling out pastry, cracking eggs and beating sugar and butter is also very good exercise, helping to keep hands and arms relaxed and supple.

The afternoon led to reminiscing about old times and sharing some very useful tips – with lots of laughing and happy chat.

Everyone enjoyed the resulting cakes and cheese straws. We’ll definitely be incorporating cookery and baking into our regular activities schedule.

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