Our chefs put a Willy Wonka-style twist on the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, helping to take our overall fundraising on the day to more than £4,000.
Cakes and pastries served to visitors included one ‘golden’ cupcake at each of our homes, looking the same as any other on the outside but containing a hidden layer of edible gold leaf through the middle.
Lucky recipients won a bottle of bubbly and were entered into a £500 prize draw for shopping vouchers and a Colten Care donation to Macmillan on their behalf.
Alison Bremner, Home Manager at Braemar Lodge, described the moment when resident Dora Williams realised she had ‘struck gold’.
Alison said: “Everyone was starting to cut open and eat their cupcakes and then suddenly an excited Dora noticed the gold inside hers and called out ‘What a great day this is!’. There were smiles all round and the whole room broke into applause.”
In Lymington, the Court Lodge golden cupcake found its way to Carer Bozena Jaroszynska, who said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the gold leaf running through my cake and just let out a whoop! Then everyone wanted to see it. I’m over the moon.”
There were similar scenes across all 20 of our homes, paving the way for Karen Peters, Kitchen Assistant at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, to be declared the overall winner once the prize draw was done.
Congratulating Karen, Companionship Team Manager Jo London said: “We all love the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the idea of a golden ticket. We quickly decided against offering everlasting gobstoppers or snozzberries, but cupcakes sounded ideal.”
Jo added: “The Macmillan coffee morning is a fantastic community initiative. We always invite families, friends and local contacts to come and join in the fun. This time round, the prospect of winning a golden cupcake added even more interest.”
As well as cupcakes, fun activities included seeing Sohail Daniel, Home Manager at Newstone House, braving the stocks medieval-style. Sturminster Newton Mayor Cllr Andrew Donaldson and Mayoress Heather Johnson were among those paying for the pleasure of pelting him with wet sponges.
Meanwhile, at Wellington Grange in Chichester, three members of staff endured various body shaves. Customer Advisor Ben Davis lost his beard while Housekeeper Gary Vevers and Minibus Driver Tamas Martin had their legs and chest waxed respectively.