Customers from the Avalon Care Home in Essex recently put their baking skills to the test raising money for the Red Cross.

Avalon, a care home for six adults with learning disabilities and epilepsy in Grays, provides a high level of support with personal care and nutrition with staff on site 24 hours a day.
Megan Boatman, a Support Worker at the scheme, organised the event and sent invitations to the other Peabody schemes in the area. She then arranged to purchase all the ingredients for the cakes ready for a day of baking.

The day before the event, customers Barbara and Michael helped bake and decorate a range of cakes. For the cupcakes, Michael helped set out the cupcake cases on a tray and stir the mixture. For the big chocolate cake, Barbara help stir the mixture and helped decorate the cake with a red cross on top. They both really enjoyed taking part and seeing the final result of what they had made.

On the day of the cake sale, the raffle table with all the raffle prizes that had been kindly donated to us was set up by the customers. Paul was pleased with the way everything looked when it was set up and was laughing and smiling a lot. Wayne helped Megan to put up posters around the bungalow and on the front door showing that we were selling the cakes for 50p and the raffle tickets for 50p. He also came outside to help try to sell the cakes and took responsibility for the money pot.

The cake sale began in the mid-morning and after selling a few cakes at the scheme the group then got permission from the scheme manger to go out and sell the remaining cakes. Megan and Susan went to Gallimore Lodge, another local Peabody scheme, where staff and customers were glad to see them and they managed to sell the remaining raffle tickets and cakes. When the raffle was drawn, Barbara was very happy to win the giant teddy bear.

All in all, it was a great day that managed to raise £41 for the local Red Cross. Megan, the organiser of the event, was really pleased with the result;

“Despite our customers disabilities they really enjoy getting involved in a range of activities like the cake sale. It’s also great to be able to help raise money for the Red Cross, not to mention being able to try the yummy cakes. We’ll certainly been doing this again.”

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