The winners of Anchor’s 12th Christmas cake competition have been crowned at West Hall care home in West Byfleet this week.

Residents and staff from Anchor’s care homes and retirement housing properties across England have spent weeks baking and icing their creations in a bid to win the 2013 Christmas cake competition.

After nine heats the top four cakes from each heat went forward to the grand final event at West Hall on Thursday 5 December.

The competition this year was fierce with some of the most impressive entries yet, including cakes designed as Christmas trees, grottos and snowy landscapes.

Anchor’s Catering Manager Richard Herne commented: “What a fantastic display of cakes. The standard of entries from our customers and colleagues demonstrate the hidden talents we have.

“The portfolios from customers telling the story of how the cake was made were first class this year and shows just how important activities are to our customers.”

The team of judges who had the delicious task of choosing the winners this year were Howard Nankivell - Director of Sales and Marketing, Victoria Metcalfe - Dementia Consultant, Brenda Metcalfe - Customer Engagement Manager, Graeme Hall - Head of Customer Service & Engagement, Rob Martin - National Care Quality Manager and Eileen Wakefield - Chair of customer forum London & East.

After a lot of deliberation, the winners were announced and this year joint team efforts from customers in Anchor’s care homes won first, second and third place:

Customer Involvement catergory

1st place – Northbourne care home, Gateshead
2nd place – Beechfield Lodge care home, Salford
3rd place – Dawson Lodge care home, Southampton

Colleague cake catergory

1st Place – Angela Rainford from Hoylebank, West Kirby
2nd Place –Tracey Durkan and Pauline Davey from Borrage House, Ripon
3rd Place – Janet Scott from Godiva Lodge, Coventry

Judge Victoria Metcalfe commented: “It never ceases to amaze me at the talent of our customers and colleagues, yet again this year the quality of the decoration, cakes and customer involvement exceed previous years. There were fabulous examples of documented journeys that brought ideas to become cakes, but what was so impressive was the evidence of involvement, the joy and relationships of being together.”

Fellow judge Brenda Metcalfe said: “I was overwhelmed by the very high standards of the cakes and the time and imagination that had gone into making them. The highlight of the day was reading the fantastic portfolios which really captured how customers had been involved in the design and making of the cakes, and they celebrated the rich and varied life experiences of our customers.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who took part in the competition this year and also to the suppliers, 3663, Lockharts, Clifton Buying Group and SHS, for generously sponsoring the event.

For more pictures of this year’s creations visit Anchor’s Facebook page.

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