HICA Group residents from care homes in Hull, Grimsby, Goole and Bridlington as well as those from North Lincolnshire participated in a group-wide mince pie competition that was judged by a panel of four judges from HICA’s leadership team.
Withersea-based care home Tamarix Lodge secured the top spot for the best-baked and most tasty mince pies. Goole-based Prospect House earned a well-deserved second place, with their expertly crafted pies and taste to near perfection. Elm Tree Court, in Hull, wasn’t far behind, securing the third spot with their mince pie entry, while Wolds Care Centre, in Louth, secured fourth place.
Health and Wellbeing Manager Mark Midgley, one of the judges, said: “The quality and presentation of all of the pies was exceptional and highlighted the baking skills of our residents.
“Baking is an excellent activity for both physical and mental wellbeing, developing fine motor skills which are vital for maintaining independence.
“It also helps to relax residents with many finding it therapeutic and feeling a sense of accomplishment when they have made creations from scratch.
“Every pie brought a taste of Christmas to the table and the residents’ hard work and dedication to create the perfect mince pie was clear to see.
“It was incredibly tough to choose a winner and we appreciate everyone’s efforts. Well done to everyone who was involved.”
The winners were presented with Christmas hampers, kindly donated by HICA Group’s catering partner apetito, which included an assortment of Christmas treats such as cookies, preserves, cheese nibbles, pates, nuts and wine.
Ruth Mountain, the manager at Tamarix Lodge, said: “Winning this competition is more than just baking; it’s about the teamwork, engagement, and sheer joy these activities bring to our home, especially at Christmas time.
I am over the moon that Tamarix Lodge came first place – it’s a great way to end the year.”