We launched a Fundraising Appeal to raise money for a new respite care bed service. Thanks to many generous donations, the money has been raised and the respite bed is now available.
Since the loss of the GP beds in 2014 we have had regular feedback that the respite service is missed by local people.
For the last 6 months CS team have been planning a new service and the Board of Trustees gave approval in July to CSP providing one community respite bed for local people to provide respite for carers/hard pressed families. We wish to provide this service free to users, subject to evaluation, initially for 3 years. Each nursing room costs CSP ~ £40,000 per year to provide. Thus we have raised £120k for the 3 yrs.
Charlotte Straker has set aside one room to offer a short-term respite care package, subject to availability, for either nursing or residential clients who do not require long stay or permanent admission to a care home.
This room is fully equipped and on the ground floor in the Graham Grant wing.
There will be no charge for short stays in this community respite bed. The monies needed to fund this service will in part been raised by the charity through fundraising events, part of the regular donations by ‘Friends of Charlotte Straker’ and donations from the local community. These efforts will continue to ensure future funding of the respite bed. We are happy to receive any donation of whatever size to support this service. Any donations will be channelled back into funding the respite service.