Residents from Anchor care homes in London have spent weeks baking and decorating Christmas cakes for a regional competition.

Residents from four care homes in Southwark – Greenhive, Bluegrove House, Rose Court and Waterside – joined with friends from across Anchor’s London and East region to create some show stopping Christmas cakes.

The competition held at Waterside in Peckham attracted nearly 20 entries in two categories – one for residents and one for staff colleagues. The judges - Jonathan Brennan from supplier Specialist Hygiene Services, Gemma MacNulty from the charity Contact the Elderly and Emma Sinclair from Lloyds Commercial Banking (whose staff volunteer in Anchor care homes) couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw and then tasted the impressive cakes made by the residents.

Manager Sue Maheshwaree from Bluegrove House said: “We knew how hard the residents had worked on their entries but seeing this vast array of amazing cakes has triggered a real festive spirit.”

“Unfortunately, we were pipped to post by a Frosty the Snowman creation but I still think everyone did brilliantly well.  They had a lot of fun choosing the theme, decorating the cake and reminiscing about Christmases gone by whilst mixing and making a wish!  This is the sort of meaningful activity we promote in all our Anchor homes.”

Waterside’s Chef Joan and Administrator Kaydian won the award for best Christmas cake by colleagues for their icy blue cake topped with a sugar penguin bursting through an igloo titled ‘Keep Calm at Christmas!’

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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