Staff and residents from a Peterborough care home were celebrating this week after winning first place in a regional Christmas cake competition.

Weeks were spent making and decorating the cake at Clayburn Court care home in Clayburn Road for Anchor’s annual Christmas cake competition - and it all paid off when judges crowned them the winners in the Care Home Customers' Christmas Cake category.

The cake, which featured a traditional Christmas dinner complete with turkey and vegetables all created from icing, was a team effort. The cake was designed, baked and decorated by the care home’s residents and their families, with support from Activity Co-ordinators Jess Morton and Charlotte Wright.

Clayburn Court residents involved in making the winning cake were Queenie Taylor, Audrey Smith, Ted Greenwood, Parivash Firoozmand and June Warrington. 

Nikki Ayliff, Home Manager,  said: “The residents, residents' families and staff at Clayburn Court really enjoyed making the Christmas cake. It was a lot of hard work but the result was beautiful and we are delighted and thrilled to have won this award in our very first year of the competition.” 

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. It was a fantastic celebration of the holiday season and the standards of the cakes, both in taste and design, were very high. 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.”

Clayburn Court is part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people. The home provides 24 hour care and support for older people and specialist dementia care for those who require it. 

For more information on Clayburn Court care home, please call 0800 731 2020 or visit

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