Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Fish and chips, ice cream and a seaside walk at Tynemouth

By 14th July 2017

Yesterday, a group of residents, staff and volunteers went on a summer trip to the seaside at Tynemouth.
Our Activities Coordinator was worried that it might be just too hot to enjoy the day, but the weather was perfect, a little overcast, and not too much blazing sun.
After a short journey in our mini bus, we enjoyed a refreshing stroll along the promenade and had a relaxing time watching the boats and ships out on the horizon.
Then we enjoyed a delicious Fish and Chip lunch at Crusoe’s restaurant at the Longsands in Tynemouth. The cafe is amazing and is actually on the beach, so we were able to watch visitors playing in the sand and surf. We then rounded off the day with a very welcome ice-cream at the Links Cafe in Whitley Bay.
Our residents remarked on the freshness of the sea air, and reminisced about their own visits to the beach and seaside on holiday and with their own families.
Thank you again to our volunteers who helped make our trip a very successful outing!ng!

Celebrating 2017 National Carers’ Week at Charlotte Straker House.

By 12th June 2017

This week is Carers’ Week in the UK.

It’s a national awareness week that celebrates the contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

To support the week, we have organised a photo with our latest community respite care bed resident – Peggy Walton – with all of the Charlotte Straker staff involved in her care.

Peggy is 100 years’ old, and is a farmer’s wife from Bellingham in Northumberland.

Her family organised a week’s stay in the charity’s Community Respite Care Bed, and Peggy had a full team of nurses and care assistants looking after her during her visit.

Peggy said “I’m very happy here. I’m very fond of the nurses and we’re having lots of good chats. They are looking after me very well.”

She has really enjoyed her stay, and loves chatting about Northumberland and the farming community and about the families she knows in the area.

We have loved looking after her – come and see us again soon Peggy!

The photo shows in the back row from l to r – Claire MacDonald (RGN), Jill Urwin (Senior Care Assistant), Iwona Proszowska (Deputy Manager) and Merilyn Jewitt (Senior Care Assistant).

In the front row from l to r – Carol Scott (Care Assistant), Peggy Walton (Respite Resident), Emma Warren (Senior Care Assistant).

Our 25th Anniversary Summer Fete – we raised over £1,000

By 12th June 2017

Thank you to all those who helped out and attended at Charlotte Straker 25th Anniversary Summer Fete on Saturday.

Thanks to your generosity, we raised over £1000!

Our volunteers organised over 12 different stalls selling items such as plants, bric a brac, books, toys and games as well as our tombola, raffle and picture raffle.

Our catering team produced some scrummy home made cream teas with scones and cake.

As well as our own stalls, other local charities were invited to take part, and we had stalls from the Corbridge Youth Initiative, Tynedale Hospice at Home, Riding for the Disabled, Chrysalis, the Tynedale Lions and Corbridge Scouts.

The winner of the picture raffle was Margaret Healy. David Kaye was the artist of the picture prize. He always kindly donates a picture for the fete – we have some of his art on display in Charlotte Straker House.

Our Activities Coordinator, Karen had transformed the outside seating area for the fete by re-potting lots of plants and helping residents to create a little rockery.

Our Crafty Women raffled their beautiful hand made embroidered quilt, which was won by Marie Hannah. Alongside the raffle, and their two stalls, they raised an amazing £344 – thank you for all your creative hard work!

The winner of our little Fancy Dress competition won a £10 Forum book voucher.

It was a really well supported day and made us proud to be part of Corbridge village.

Thank you to all the Friends and volunteers who donated stall items and prizes, and gave up their valuable time to set up, man the stalls, organise attractions and tidy up.

We have attached some photos from the day, taken by the talented Corbridge resident Ian Wylie.

Our Summer Fete! 3rd June 2-4pm at Charlotte Straker House

By 18th May 2017

We are really looking forward to our annual Summer Fete on 3rd June 2017 from 2-4pm.

This year we are holding a children’s Fancy Dress competition, with prizes for different age groups. We will have tombolas, plant stall, bran tub, book stall, bric a brac, crafty items plus stalls from local charities and organisations.

See you there!

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