SOME of the funders responsible for keeping a community respite bed in use have visited the service to see how it is benefiting people.

The bed, based at Charlotte Straker House in Corbridge, has been in constant use since 2017, providing support for local carers.

It costs £892 each week and is funded entirely through grants and donations from the local community.

Charlotte Straker has been looking back over a successful 2019, where 38 individual admissions have been made from families in the local area, and they have had 100 per cent good feedback.

Corbridge Parish Council is one of those who have generously sponsored the community respite care bed for one week in 2019.

Will Clouston, chairman of Corbridge Parish Council and Liz Buckley, vice-chairwoman, were invited to Charlotte Straker House to see the work being done.

They were shown around and presented with a certificate of thanks by deputy manager Claudia Ionita and chairwoman of fund-raising Angela Jones.

Claudia is responsible for managing the community respite care bed. She said: “We have had many enquiries about the respite bed, often from elderly family members, who are the main carer for a relative and who are just desperate for some support and a break.”