A TYNEDALE care home owner has shown her appreciation to staff during challenging, unprecedented times.

It comes following national Carers Week, which runs from June 8 to June 14, and highlights the contribution of carers to individuals, families, and communities.

The Hexham Courant launched its bouquet of the week appeal in April with the aim of celebrating special citizens across the Tyne Valley.

And this week, we shine a light on Thornley Leazes’ Linda Charlton, who has rewarded her workforce with a bonus for their efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Thornley Leazes Care, in Allendale, is a privately owned 12-bed residential home for adults with learning difficulties and additional needs.

The home also extends its support to the community, through its domiciliary care service in Allendale and neighbouring Catton.

Registered manager Kathryn Moralee explained that Linda, who has over 25 years’ experience in the care sector, wanted to express her gratitude to the team who have adjusted to the challenges posed by coronavirus.

“Linda has rewarded all of her staff, who have worked so hard through Covid-19, with a bonus - it is so kind and extremely generous, knowing how difficult it has been financially for the business”, said Kathryn, who has worked at Thornley Leazes Care for 5 years.

Cash flow in care settings has been dramatically affected by the coronavirus with a number of clients self-isolating and the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE).

She added:“Linda is a very special lady and a lovely person to work for, we are very lucky to have her as our provider.

“She is still very much involved in the daily running of the business and has known some of the residents for 30 years, they are like extended family. She thinks so much of them and they do of her.”

18 members of staff have been working hard, often doing extra hours and new tasks, to support 25 elderly and vulnerable people.

Kathryn said: “The staff have really appreciated the bonus, it’s not very often carers are recognised financially and they’ve gone above and beyond, doing extra shifts and collecting shopping. Some have had to shield too.

“The biggest hit logistically was splitting the residential and domiciliary sides”, explained Kathryn. “But we’ve tried to keep clients entertained, little things keep people, who can’t get out, or don’t feel safe to, going.”

The care home has organised a number of activities for residents, including a VE Day tea party and a Marie Curie fundraiser.

Domiciliary care manager Carolyn Harrison is offering support to clients outside of the home with food deliveries.