Care home cake baking is a winner

CAKE: Residents enjoy a break during the cake bake event at Queens Meadow care home.
CAKE: Residents enjoy a break during the cake bake event at Queens Meadow care home.

RESIDENTS at a care home were joined by family and friends for an afternoon of baking and cake decorating.

Staff and residents at Hill Care’s Queens Meadow Care Home, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, took part in the nation-wide cake baking competition recently.

The competition involved all of the sites operated by Hill Care across the UK and organisers described it as a “fantastic day”.

The aim was to get more residents physically and mentally active.

Residents all competed by baking cakes with one lucky winner entered into the final bake-off competition involving all 19 regional winners from Hill Care’s care homes.

Staff say many of the residents hadn’t baked in a long time and enjoyed getting back in the kitchen with their pinnies on.

Julie Armstrong, care home manager, said: “It was a fantastic day for both our team and the residents.

“The residents really loved getting back into the swing of things and baking.

“Many of them hadn’t baked for a while so to see them doing something so creative was great.”

Wendy Waddicor, Hill Care operations director, said: “This competition is a great way for all of residents to get together with staff and family and do something creative.Seeing as it is nation ‘Have a Cuppa’ week we thought what better way to celebrate it than with some nice cakes.”

Organisers enlisted the help of volunteers to lend an extra hand with the baking and decorating.