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Winners of the Christmas Cake Bake Off Competition 2016

After the success from last year, we held our second ever Christmas Cake Competition here at Avery Healthcare.

The competition ran across all 45  homes, showcasing the residents’ creative baking flare and teamwork. This year we received so many wonderful entries that we had to extend our awards to include a fourth and fifth place, with some fantastic prizes from our sponsors Bidvest Foodservice and Unilever.

Without further ado, here are the winners!

In 5th place: Aire View Care Home, Leeds

In 4th place: Crispin Court Care Home, Stafford

In 3rd place: Elvy Court Care Home, Sittingbourne:


The judges thought this cake showed great team effort on executing their idea.

In 2nd place: Milton Court Care Home, Milton Keynes:


The judges were impressed with Milton Court for making it an all-inclusive event with the individual cakes.

And our overall winner this year is… Highcliffe Care Home in Sunderland!


Residents at Highcliffe Care Home donned their best aprons to create a fantastic cake for the Christmas Cake Competition. The judges thought that their finished cake showed thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and inspiring resident contribution, and their entry included “some great photos of residents engaging with each other as well as with the cake decoration”.

Bidvest Foodservice, represented by Martin Dore, and Unilever, represented by Victoria Sterling, were there to provide some fantastic prizes, including a luxury food hamper, a case of prosecco and an activity hamper, just in time for Christmas.

Winning Christmas cake makers from Highcliffe Care Home in Witherwack, Sunderland pictured with the judges. From left, Martin Dore of Bidvest, Simon Lawrence of Avery Healthcare, residents Norma Ryan, Tom Hall and Francis Hammil, Lesley Carr of Highcliffe Care Home and Victoria Sterling of Unilecer.

Unfortunately the cake didn’t quite make it to the winning presentation, as it looked so delicious the residents and staff had eaten it by the time the winners were announced!

Julie Drew, Head of Well-being and Activity at Avery, commented, “The competition has generated a great deal of enthusiasm and provided residents with the opportunity to use a wide range of individual skills to create some truly wonderful cakes. Working together enhances the sense of community within the home, and this competition really shows how increased resident involvement contributes to individual physical, social and emotional well-being.”

Well done to everyone who got involved this year and especially to our winners. We can’t wait to see what is made next year! To see all the entries in the competition, have a look at our Facebook album:

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