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Unilever Food Solutions Announces Festive Gingerbread Challenge Winners

Residents of Grace Muriel House in St Albans were celebrating this week after their gingerbread house was crowned as the winner of Unilever Food Solutions’ festive gingerbread challenge.

The care home has now won a brand new KitchenAid, having been from a prize draw of 20 winning entries, selected by an expert judging panel led by Sylvie Silver, director of NAPA (National Activity Providers Association).

Siouxsie Liddle, Activities Coordinator at Grace Muriel House, said: “Our residents are absolutely delighted to have won. Baking and decorating the house was a lot of fun and really kick-started our Christmas celebrations and activities.”

All 20 winners will receive a hamper of Dove goodies and a recipe book. They will also feature in a booklet of winning gingerbread houses from UFS.

Sylvie Silver, who led the judging panel, said: “With so many creative submissions, picking just 20 winning entries was tough. We’ve seen trains, gingerbread villages and even a lighthouse. In the end, we chose the 20 care homes which we felt got residents involved the best. After all, that’s what the challenge is all about.”

Paul Wright, Unilever Food Solutions’ elderly care development chef, who was also on the panel said: “Seeing carers, residents and chefs come together over the festive season is what I love most about this challenge. I’ve really enjoyed the judging. There have been some great stories and terrific entries this year. Congratulations to all 20 winners, particularly Grace Muriel House.”

Cullum Welch Court Care Home in Blackheath was also celebrating after it was picked from all entries as the winner of £500 Love 2 Shop vouchers.

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