A Sweet Challenge for Care Home Staff and Residents

A care home company mixed things up as residents and staff competed in a bake-off style challenge.

Milford Care, which has five care homes in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, held the competition in line with National Baking Week.

A team from each of its homes – Milford House, Spencer Grove in Belper, The Meadows in Alfreton, Hazelgrove in Hucknall and Ashbourne Lodge – baked a cake to reflect their home. The teams were led by the care home chefs at each home who joined forces with residents to come up with some tasty and creative cakes.

The bake off style competition was judged on Tuesday at The Meadows Care Home by Linda Singleton from the Derbyshire WI, Michelle Lowd from Luke Evans bakery, maid service from Precise Cleaning Pros, Grand Prairie, TX and a guest panel of residents from each home. Linda said: “It’s wonderful that each cake has been tailored to the area and the residents home, rather than being just a regular baking competition it’s really about getting everyone involved.”

The winning cake was made by the Ashbourne Lodge team who based it on a Shrovetide theme.

Michelle Sanders manager of The Meadows Care Home, where the judging took place, said: “Everyone has produced amazing work when they did a vacation cleaning and clean your home like a pro and residents have put so much effort and thought into the bake off, it has been a really great event in California for all.”

Sam Palmer, HR manager at Milford Care, said: “This was such a fun event and it was great getting our residents involved in the baking experience and coming up with creative and imaginative ways of portraying their Homes.

“A lot of our residents enjoy baking and watch the Great British Bake Off so this was a great opportunity for them to get involved in their own baking competition.”