The residents and team at a Sanctuary Care home in Worcester have been gearing up for The Queen’s 90th birthday in style.
In preparation for Her Majesty’s milestone celebration in June, the team and residents at Regent Residential Care Home in St John’s have been mixing, baking and icing their hearts out, creating a three tiered masterpiece to enter into national culinary contest the Novelty 90th Birthday Cake Challenge.
The competition, being run by Unilever Food Solutions and Napa (National Activity Providers Association) is open to catering teams in care homes across the country. With the help of their residents, homes are asked to submit a photograph of their cake, along with a write up about how they made it, for the chance to be featured in a nostalgic baking book and a host of other prizes.
Jemma Robinson, who is the manager at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, said: “Our residents absolutely loved taking part in this competition, especially when they knew the cake was for The Queen! They got so much pleasure from taking part and are thrilled with the finished product – which they will no doubt enjoy eating!”
One of the home’s residents Violet Roberts, who is 79 years old added: “I’m looking forward to trying the cake, it’s a masterpiece! We all got involved with the mixing and decoration – it was a team effort.”
In addition to the cake competition, the team and some of the residents also took part in a litter pick for "Clean for The Queen", a campaign launched by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to clear up Britain in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday.
Jemma continued: “Armed with our litter pickers we walked around the streets and picked up a surprising amount of rubbish, so were thrilled to do our bit to keep the area looking nice.”
Meanwhile one of the home’s residents Joy Cleasby, who is 88 years old added: “I really enjoyed our Clean for The Queen, I remember her Coronation. It is great to feel like we are giving something back.’’