Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Our 25th Anniversary Celebrations

By 18th September, 2017 News No Comments

It is 25 years since the Charlotte Straker Project was launched in 1992!

Our residents, staff, friends and volunteers held a tea party to celebrate, with plenty of home made cakes and scones. We also had an exhibition with photos and information from the very first few years of Charlotte Straker House.

The sun shone, so we were able to sit outside and listen to a speech made by Dr Bill Cunningham, our Chairman of the Trustees who thanked everyone for their support and spoke about our charity’s achievements.

Many thanks to all the staff and volunteers and everyone who made the afternoon such a great celebration of Charlotte Straker life.

See below for a selection of photos from the afternoon – all taken by the talented photographer Ian Wylie.

A fabulous Family Fun Day at the Corbridge Cricket Club

By 29th August, 2017 News No Comments

Thank you to ALL those who volunteered their time and supported our Corbridge Fun Day at the Corbridge Cricket Club on Sunday.

We had a fantastic turn out and raised £2,355 which will be split between ourselves, the Corbridge Youth Initiative and the Corbridge Cricket Club.

The weather was perfect and all our supporters worked very hard on the stalls, afternoon tea, the BBQ, bar, children’s games and more. And of course, not forgetting our intrepid band of cricketers!

I’ve attached some pictures from the talented Ian Wylie – hope you enjoy (and here’s to next year!)


Celebrating our volunteers at Charlotte Straker House!

By 22nd August, 2017 News No Comments

A few times each week two volunteers push a fully laden trolley to visit each resident in Charlotte Straker House.

The trolley is filled with a selection of savoury and sweet snacks plus a variety of toiletry items.

This picture shows Barbara Shaw about to start her round on the top floor of Charlotte Straker House.

Barbara has been a volunteer since 1992 and told us that she values the chance to “chat to each resident, whilst I’m on trolley duty. They become my friends, and I think enjoy my visits each week”.

Many thanks to ALL the volunteers who are part of the trolley rota – they are an important and much valued part of Charlotte Straker life.

An Interview with our Senior Care Assistant Merilyn Jewitt

By 14th August, 2017 News No Comments

Merilyn Jewitt is one of our “newer” employees, having worked as a senior carer at Charlotte Straker House for just over 2 years.

Merilyn is a senior carer (and trained nurse), and she is responsible for supervising a team of care assistants, as well as supporting all our residents with their medical and personal care and all other aspects of daily living.
Her parents have lived in Corbridge for over 40 years’ and after her mother died and her father was diagnosed with Parkinsons’ disease, the family decided it would be better for him to move into Charlotte Straker House.
Merilyn says, “It was where my Dad always wanted to go. My Mum and Dad have lived in Corbridge for a very long time, and he always said that if he had to go into a home he wanted to go to Charlotte Straker. To be honest, it’s where everyone wants to go!”

Her father Brian is 89 and loves joining in all the activities and social visits, especially playing chess, indoor gardening and he goes to every single organ recital at St Andrew’s Church in Corbridge. Brian used to play the organ, so he adores music and enjoys listening to the Proms and other music programmes. He was very keen on the visit to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle earlier on this year and enjoyed inspecting the shipping and engineering exhibits. He is visited regularly by his close family, including his daughters and their children.

Merilyn explains “He was a civil engineer and had a long career visiting some of the more far flung places around the world. He is still very proud of the buildings and structures that he helped to build. Although his Parkinson’s is slowly becoming more advanced, he still loves to chat to the carers and visitors about his earlier life.”
Merilyn now lives with her husband in Barrasford, but has spent many years living in Spain, organising bird watching holidays. She still goes out to visit central Spain as much as she can, and is also preparing to go away to Australia to see her youngest son.

“I have three grandchildren”, she says “and I’m kept very busy at work and at home! I think it helps that I’m a pretty active person. Being a senior care assistant is such a rewarding job, but it’s physically demanding, and you spend a lot of time on your feet. Perhaps when I’m retired I will have more time for gardening and walking, but I do love working at Charlotte Straker House. The team of care assistants and nurses are great fun and really supportive”.

She adds “I think my favourite part of the role is building a relationship with each resident. You need to put yourself in their position. I’ve always tried to live my life by the maxim “do as you would be done by”, and I think that applies very much in my role today. I try to work out how to help each resident as an individual, take the time to get to know them, and provide as much support as I can.”

Thank you very much to Merilyn for her hard work and her commitment to Charlotte Straker Project.

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter

By 14th August, 2017 Newsletter No Comments

Click here to read our latest newsletter with all our Summer news including:

  • an interview with our Senior Care Assistant Merilyn Jewitt.
  • a visit by staff from Marks & Spencer’s store in Hexham.
  • visits by our PAT and Wag & Co dogs.
  • full fundraising news including the Golf Day, Tearoom Cycle Ride and Brocksbushes Summer Fayre
  • our celebration of National Carers’ Week

and much more!

Charlotte Straker Newsletter – Summer

We are part of the Waitrose Green Token Scheme for August 2017!

By 10th August, 2017 News No Comments

We are delighted to announce that Waitrose Hexham has adopted us for their Community Green Token Scheme for August 2017.

At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support (hopefully us!). The more tokens we get, the bigger the donation we receive.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family and ask them to get involved.

Thank you very much for your help!

Corbridge FUN Day 27th August at New Cricket Pavilion

By 30th July, 2017 News No Comments

The 2017 Charity Golf Day raises £3,250 for our residents

By 30th July, 2017 News No Comments

Our annual charity golf day was played last week at Matfen Hall Golf Club. This is one of our flagship fundraising events and this year, we raised an amazing £3,250 which will fund complementary therapies for our residents at Charlotte Straker House.

On Thursday, we had 17 teams battling out for first prize, and enjoying a full afternoon’s golf in the sunshine plus three course meal at the Keepers Lodge at Matfen Hall Golf Club.

First prize goes to the four golfers from JA Stobo & Son Greengrocers, who played a brilliant round.
2nd prize went to the second team from Joyce Construction and third prize to the Imperator Group. Well done to everyone!

Other notable prize winners were:
Nearest the Pin
• 5th hole – Stephen Riley
• 8th hole – Alastair Gibson
• 10th hole – Richard Walker
• 17th hole – Dave Soulsby
Longest Drive
• 9th hole – Willard Wright
• 13th hole – T Punshon

Thank you to all those, both private individuals and businesses, that gave their time, money and effort to make this event such a success, especially the golfers in the following teams:……
Joyce Construction & Civils (Team 1)
Joyce Construction & Civils (Team 2)
The Butcher’s Boys
Harlow Printing Limited
MKM Durham
Imperator Group
Walter Wright Insurance Brokers
Tubosider UK Ltd
Hugh’s Hackers
The Paper Shop
Polypipe Civils
Wylam Rockets
North Eastern Composites
Thompsons of Prudhoe
Tait Walker
R Stobo
Must Try Harder

Special thanks also go to:
Corbridge Business Centre for generously sponsoring the event.
All those businesses who donated raffle prizes for the day.
To Peter Smith, the Manager of Matfen Hall Golf Club.
To Keith at the Keeper’s Lodge at Matfen Hall Golf Club.
To Ian Wylie who came and took the following photos!

Marks & Spencer donate £5,000 for our newly refurbished lounge – and have afternoon tea!

By 30th July, 2017 News No Comments

Our staff, residents and trustees hosted a tea party for staff from the Hexham Marks and Spencer’s store to thank them a generous £5,000 donation.

Our charity was Marks and Spencer’s Charity of the Year in 2015-2016, and £5,000 was raised through organised bag packing and tombola events.
The substantial donation partly funded the redecoration of the upstairs lounge at Charlotte Straker House and the purchase of brand new accessible chairs, sofas, new décor and fabrics.

The Crafty Women and the Tynedale Lions also generously contributed towards the refurbishment of the lounge, plus the proceeds from this year’s Ceilidh in January.

Joe Taylor (Section Manager), Ann Wightman (Section Coordinator) and Daryl Hodgson (Sales Assistant) visited to see the new refurbishment and were given a home-made cream tea with the residents of the home including Ron, Betty and Olive.

Joe said “It’s wonderful that we can see exactly how our donation has helped this charity. The new lounge is beautiful, and we’ve really enjoyed meeting the residents, having a tour round the home and sampling the Head Cook’s home-made cakes.”

Angela Jones, Trustee of our charity added, “We’re so grateful to the staff of Marks and Spencer’s, plus the Crafty Women and the Tynedale Lions, as their fundraising has allowed us to redecorate our upstairs lounge and buy some properly accessible chairs and sofas. Our residents were delighted with their visit and everyone very much enjoyed the home-made cream tea”.

Thankyou to Ian Wylie, for the fab photos!

Fundraising at the Brocksbushes Summer Fair 2017

By 30th July, 2017 News No Comments

Thank you SO much to the fabulous Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room for allowing us to take part in their busy Summer Fayre this weekend.
Caroline Dickinson, owner of Brocksbushes Farm Shop – drew our raffle yesterday, and the quilt (beautifully handmade by the Crafty Women) finally went to lucky winner Debra Killeen. We raised £270 on the quilt raffle alone!
It was a great weekend and thank you to our volunteers and Crafty Women for manning the stall and helping out on both days.
The next Brocksbushes event will be a Sampling Saturday on Saturday 2nd September.