Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
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.
We are delighted to let you know that following the Tesco Bags of Help vote in Tesco Hexham between September and October 2017, our project came FIRST and has been chosen by Tesco customers to receive a grant award of £2,540!
The Bags of Help grant scheme was set up to help fund outdoor or garden themed charitable projects, so we have decided to use the generous grant to pay for some desperately needed outside furniture.
Our existing furniture is looking decidedly worse for wear and some of it is damaged, so can’t be used due to safety fears. The brand new tables, chairs and parasols will enable our residents to access our garden and outside seating areas, ready for Spring 2018.
Thank you very much to Tesco Bags of Help and all our supporters for placing their votes!
We’d like to say a huge THANKYOU to the ladies from the Macmillan Cancer Support Prudhoe Committee who organised a joint collection at the Brocksbushes Christmas Fair.
They raised an AMAZING £4,910.30 over the four days, which will be split between ourselves and Macmillan.
Thank you to everyone who donated – we are amazed and delighted by the total!
Everyone at the Charlotte Straker Project would like to thank the Crafty Women for their tireless charitable fundraising.
Since their inception, the Crafty Women have raised over £6,000 for our charity!
The Crafty Women group is a local crafting group that was established by Corbridge residents Rosie Cunningham and Carol Moffatt. The like-minded friends decided to start making items that they could then sell to raise money for the Charlotte Straker Project; a residential, respite and nursing charity based in Corbridge.
Since then, the group now has over 15 members that meet regularly at St Andrew’s church cottage in Corbridge to socialise, make crafts and encourage each other in their textile techniques.
The Crafty Women sell their beautiful embroidered, woven and knitted items at local events such as the Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre, the Corbridge Youth Initiative Christmas Fair and the Tynedale Gift Fair, to raise money for the Community Respite Care Bed at the Charlotte Straker Project in Corbridge. They have also enabled the charity to buy new nursing beds, redecorate lounges in the nursing home and purchase essential equipment.
The crafty ladies also busy making a large triptych wall hanging to mark the centenary of the Charlotte Straker Project in 2018. The hanging will focus on the history and mission of Charlotte Straker house, as well as its links to the wider community in Corbridge, and will eventually be hung in the dining room of the residential home.
Carol Moffatt says “The strength of our group is all about the way that we help to develop each other’s crafting skills. Some of us are skilled in embroidery, or weaving or knitting and we spend time every fortnight to help improve our crafting techniques. All of us work very hard producing items that we can sell to help Charlotte Straker. Some of our best sellers are our hand-made cushions, woven bags and scarfs and our Christmassy advent calendars and table cloths are very popular”.
“Being part of Crafty Women is wonderful”, said member Angela Jones. “I love the supportive environment that the group provides. We are making our own items, and this is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community, to be creative and to raise money for a fabulous cause”.
Hardworking members of the group manned a stall at Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room Christmas Fayre from Thursday to Sunday last week to raise money for our care home. They sold a variety of their own beautifully made crafts, held three different raffles and raised £758 over the 4 days.
The Trustees, staff, residents and friends would like to THANK THEM ALL for their hardwork and diligence.