Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Creating two brand new, fully equipped residential rooms

By 5th March 2018

Some great news – we are currently converting our last flat to provide two brand new, fully equipped rooms for residents in Charlotte Straker House.

The two new rooms are currently being refitted and refurbished by our team of builders. They should be ready for our new guests in the next few weeks.

Each room will be equipped with high quality bedroom furniture, state of the art nursing equipment and a fully refurbished en-suite bathroom.

We will be posting regular progress photos on the building works – please check back to see how we are getting on!

Our latest progress pictures (as of 18th April 2018)


Community Respite Care Bed to stay open until 2020 and become a core facility!

By 2nd March 2018

Our friends at The Hexham Courant have posted a great article about our Community Respite Care Bed and the fact that it will now stay open until 2020.

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “We have agreed that the respite bed should become a mainstream facility within the Charlotte Straker Project.

This year is our charity’s Centenary year and I am elated that after 100 years’ the Charlotte Straker Project is still providing a quality, essential service to residents in our area.”

Iwona Proszowska, Deputy Manager of Charlotte Straker House added

“In 2017, we helped 27 Northumberland families, by providing free of charge respite care to their loved ones.

In my experience of speaking directly to carers, there is very little respite provision available in our area, and it is often expensive or booked up weeks in advance.

Due to cancellations, our bed is often available at short notice, so if anyone is considering respite care in the near future, please give me a call, and I will do my best to help.”

The respite care bed has vacancies in April and May, plus various dates in July, August and September, and from October onwards. These dates can be found on our website on and by ringing Iwona Proszowska on 01434 633999.

The photo shows Marilyn Hunter, our Registered Manager, Berenice Groves, our Chair of Trustees and Iwona Proszowska, our Deputy Manager. 

Community Respite Care Bed VACANCIES April 2018 onwards

By 2nd March 2018

The free of charge Community Respite Care Bed has a VACANCIES from April onwards.

The dates are as follows:

30.04.18 – 21.05.18
20.07.18 – 03.08.18
21.08 18 – 07.09.18
17.09.18 – 20.09.18
01.10.18 – 16.11.18;
28.11.18 until end of December 2018.

(They can also be found here )

Due to cancellations, we often have respite care available at short notice. If you are considering a care break PLEASE call our Deputy Manager Iwona on the numbers below, and she will do her best to help.


The Community Respite Care Bed is applicable to all people over 65 years of age in Tynedale who are:

– Aged 65 years of over (If younger our staff will seek CQC approval.)
– Those who need care at home & cannot be managed easily without main carer.
– Those with long term conditions, &/or disabilities. e.g. chronic neurological illness – Parkinson Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, cancer COPD, diabetes etc


For more information, or to book a place please contact Iwona Proszowska, Deputy Manager on 01434 633999 or email

Our 2018 Fundraising Events

By 23rd February 2018

This is our list of exciting events planned in 2018.  More information can be found on our Events Page.

This year will be our Centenary Year, as it is 100 years since Charlotte Straker House was founded in 2017. We have lots of events arranged around this theme.

And please don’t forget our second hand book sale at Brocksbushes Tearoom this weekend – we are raising funds for our Community Respite Care bed.

Our Chinese Dragon Dance to welcome in the Chinese New Year!

By 18th February 2018

We held a Chinese banquet to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday 16th February. Everyone sat down to a delicious lunch, home made by Head Cook Debbie, plus authentic chinese music, and prawn crackers and fortune cookies.

And we had a special guest that visited to wish everyone good luck for the coming year!

Many thanks to the staff and our Activities Coordinator who planned the day, and of course to our amazing Chinese Dragon.

And we especially loved the bit when the Dragon got his tail stuck!




Thanks to our Fundraising Committee, Naturel Therapies providing weekly massages til 2019!

By 12th February 2018

Thank you to our Fundraising Committee, our residents are able to enjoy regular massage therapy with Simon from Naturel Therapies. The cost of the massages are now funded until March 2019.

The therapy is a huge success with 16 residents regularly taking up the appointments and over 200 free massages given so far.

Two of our residents book privately so that they can have a massage every week, in-between their free appointments.

In all, it is the most popular activity Charlotte Straker offers.

One of our ladies, who has a regular massage commented “I have a back massage every Thursday, which loosens painful muscles in my neck and shoulders. It’s very soothing, and I often drop off to sleep.”

The photo shows Joyce enjoying her weekly back massage from the talented therapist Simon.

Charity Gin Tasting Evening raises over £900 for our residents.

By 8th February 2018

We all had a great night yesterday at our #charity gin tasting hosted by Majestic Wine.

Mark Winters, Manager of the Majestic Wine store, guided guests through many different types of gin and mixers, including those from local distillers. The rhubarb gin was a particular favourite!

Many thanks to Mark Winters, and our Trustee Ashley Winters, for organising the event.

The evening raised over £900, which means that we will be able to buy a special reclining chair for our residents and respite patients at Charlotte Straker House.

HUGE thanks to those who came and supported us, and raised such a generous amount for our charity!

Thank you to the Tynedale Gift Fair for £3,000 donation!

By 8th February 2018

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.