Residents from a Plymouth care home have spent weeks baking and decorating a Christmas cake for a regional competition.

Residents Gloria and Margaret, worked with friends from Anchor’s Manor Court care home in Efford on their cake which featured a 3D Christmas tree with decorative Father Christmas and penguin and tree decorations.

The competition held at St Anne’s Care Home attracted nine entries from care homes across the region, including that made by residents at Augusta Court Care Home. Manor Court came a respectful second place. 

Care home Chef Manager Simon Ferries said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the impressive design on the cake made by the residents.

He said: “I know how hard the residents had worked on the cake but when they brought it into the room where all the other cakes were I was really proud.

“Seeing the nine cakes all lined up triggered a real festive spirit in the home.

“Unfortunately, we were pipped to post by residents from another home in Saltash but I still think the residents did really well. They had a lot of fun decorating the cake and this is the sort of meaningful activity we promote at Manor Court.

“In fact, we are already preparing for the next two events on our winter programme of activities: a Christmas party with friends and family and Christmas day lunch where we have invited patients from St Lukes, who do not have family or friends who can be with them at this special time of the year to come and join us and celebrate Christmas at Manor Court.

Competition organiser Richard Herne, Anchor’s Catering Manager, said: “The Christmas Cake Competition is a fun opportunity for our residents to use their creative skills.”

 “Encouraging residents to eat a wholesome and seasonal diet which they enjoy helps them lead happy and healthy lives, but we all enjoy a special treat, such as Christmas cake, at this time of year.”

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