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Learning Disability Week 2020 – Catholic Care’s Great ‘Lock Down’ Bake off

– Prepared by Sharon Costello, Service Manager Learning Disability Service –

When Kathy Snell. One of our Registered Domiciliary Care Managers set the challenge to bake that was it. No theme. No specific design, just bake.
So, with the challenge made and the deadline set the competition began. The determination and the desire to win were clearly in the minds of each of our homes that entered and every home did submit an entry. This certainly brought out the best in everyone, evidenced in the standard of entries.
Well to say the task of judging the entries was bitter sweet was an understatement. Sweet that I was asked to judge the entries but bitter that I couldn’t taste them. What added to the anxiety was that the entries looked so good but everyone couldn’t win. This certainly wasn’t an easy decision. Each reflected personal choices, characters, imagination, colours, design and without question the desire to win the title of Catholic Care’s Great British Baker.
In the end I was tied with 2 entries but there had to be an overall winner, so CONGRATULATIONS to Heather and Cindy supported by Wendy, who live in Bingley, for your amazing and winning entry. Their entry had a hidden surprise when it was cut into. Words are not needed as the pictures speak for themselves. When I phoned the home to tell them of the outcome I had to hold the phone away from my ear due to the excited screams, then I heard the following “It’s our Shaz on the phone, we won”. We temporarily lost connection and when I phoned back I could hear the loud shrieks in the background. The staff member I spoke to said that he heard one tenant say “we are top of the League, get in there, as she punched the sky!”.
As the final was quite close I felt a runner up was warranted and this prize goes to Tracy, Sarah and Pat at South Craven. A valiant effort indeed.
The Great Bake Off may be over and the winners chosen but I would like to comment on not just the amazing efforts of everyone involved but more than that. Included in the entries were pictures of smiling, enthusiastic and very proud pictures of some of the remarkable people we are privileged to care for and support. The energy and enthusiasm were clearly evident and I have no doubt that this will continue. I might just have to ask for a repeat when I start to visit each home again, just so I can taste the delights!

Sharon Costello
Service Manger – Learning Disability.