Residents of Admiral Court care home in Essex welcomed Jo Wheatley (winner of TV Bake Off 2011) and PG tips’ Monkey to an afternoon tea party to celebrate World Afternoon Tea Day, 16 March. The event was thrown for them as their prize for winning Unilever Food Solutions (UFS)’ Gingerbread Challenge earlier this year.
In a fun filled day that will keep everyone at Admiral Court talking for a while, Jo and the residents spent the day decorating cupcakes before sitting down to share some laughs and stories over afternoon tea.
Admiral Court’s catering team were also treated to a live demo as Jo baked an ‘Ultimate Chocolate Cake’ with a royal birthday theme. This marked the launch of UFS’ new challenge for care homes – the Novelty 90th Birthday Cake Challenge.
To be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, including five tickets to a National Trust venue of their choice, care homes simply need to create a royal-themed birthday cake with their residents and enter it via post or online at www.ufs.com/elderlycare.
Sarah Savidge, events and activities coordinator at Admiral Court, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the activities taking place at the home and it was so nice to see everyone smiling and laughing together over tea and cakes. New friendships and relationships have been made and the residents and our catering team have come away feeling inspired and excited to bake.”
Jo Wheatley said: “It was such a privilege to work with the team at Admiral Court following their success in the Gingerbread challenge. I was bowled over by the enthusiasm of the residents and how involved they got in my demos. It was great to see them sharing time with their families and doing something fun that they all got involved in.”
UFS executive chef, Alex Hall, said: “An afternoon tea party is a simple way for care homes to keep their residents hydrated. Working so closely with care home chefs, combining food with a fun activity is something we are really passionate about at UFS. It’s an important part of a quality care experience, which is why we’re so thrilled to support Nutrition and Hydration week.”
The tea party was one of several activities UFS laid on for care homes across the UK to help them get involved in Nutrition and Hydration Week. Other activities included an extra special breakfast with The Beeches Care Home on Monday, bedtime snacks at Rose Lodge care home on Tuesday and nutritional smoothies and shots for customers on Thursday. UFS also invited residents from local care homes and the Royal Hospital of Chelsea to an afternoon tea party at UFS’ head office in Leatherhead on the Wednesday.