Residents have been enjoying baking in care homes for Jewish Care’s Great Jewish Bake Day. At Clore Manor in Hendon, Otto Schiff home in Golders Green and Sidney Corob House in West Hampstead, residents baked cakes and biscuits which they enjoyed for later with a cup of tea. At Hyman Fine House in Brighton, residents enjoyed an in-house cooking demo with the care homes chef, whilst residents at The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet enjoyed watching an intergenerational online cooking demonstration with The Challah Mummy, Allegra Benitah. Tenants at Independent Living apartments in Selig Court and Wohl Court, enjoyed baking along with Allegra and her children and taking part in the question and answer session,whilst their grandma, broadcaster and journalist, Vanessa Feltz, also enjoyed being part of the audience.
Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, says, “We are delighted to see the heart-warming way that the community has come together for The Great Jewish Bake Day. Through online or real-life tea and cake activities for people at home in the community and in our residential care homes, Bake Day has once again, brightened the day of hundreds of older people who are isolated at home in our community.
“We would like to thank Allegra Benitah and Denise Phillips, together with all the incredible dedicated volunteers who baked and delivered cakes, reaching out to the many hundreds of older people in the community that Jewish Care supports, as well as those who donated to support the charity. It has been a fantastic way for so many people to get involved and to connect us all across the generations through baking.”
Whilst the community couldn’t come to Jewish Care community centres for this year’s 8th Great Jewish Bake Day today, Jewish Care volunteers went out to them. Jewish Care chefs as well as volunteers in the community rose to the occasion to bake and deliver over a thousand cakes so that older people in the community could celebrate Bake Day across London and the South East.
Hundreds of cakes have been delivered to Jewish Care community centre members, Holocaust Survivors’ Centre members, supportive tea party guests, Meals on Wheels recipients and tenants of Jewish Care’s independent living homes.
In North West and North East London, Supportive Community Tea Parties hosts sent cake to their guests through volunteer delivery drivers who dropped by with cake to say hello. The tea parties that were previously held in volunteer’s living rooms before Covid-19, took place on Zooms instead.
Volunteer, Bianca, said, “It was an absolute pleasure to see the joy on people’s faces whilst delivering cakes to the tea party guests. They were so happy to receive a visit, touched that people had baked for them and were delighted to have a chat. Everybody was so grateful and we had a lot to talk about!”
Community centre coordinators are also sending out baking-themed special edition activity magazines with baking themed quizzes and recipes to help older people to stay involved in activities over Bake Day. Sacks Morasha Primary School children also baked for the older generation as part of the community baking activities. As well as baking, the community have been donating to help support Jewish Care.
Jamie Shone, 18-year-old Jewish Care volunteer delivered cake and a goody bag to Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre member, Anita Frankle, 90 for The Great Jewish Bake Day. She said, “It was a lovely surprise to see the young volunteers from Redbridge Jewish Community Centre at my front door and I enjoyed the cake for tea. I speak to my friends and the staff and the staff at the Centre and I look forward to going back to be with everybody.”
For recipes from our bakers and from community centre members and residents, visit www.jewishcare.org/bakeday
To support Jewish Care and donate £5, £10 or £15 by texting BAKEDAY5, BAKEDAY10 or BAKEDAY15 to 70085 (Text cost is £5, £10 or £15 plus one standard rate message).