Care schemes’ residents’ biggest cream tea record attempt


Residents at care schemes across England have tucked into jam, cream and scones in an attempt to set a new record for the biggest attendance at a cream tea afternoon.

More than 500 afternoon teas were estimated to have been eaten during the marathon event which involved more than 20 schemes managed by Valorum Care Group. The simultaneous event staged at the schemes was aimed at cheering up residents and staff during the lockdown.

All the scones for the teas were baked at the different schemes by residents and staff.

The record for the largest cream tea party consists of 1,088 people and was set by Mercedes-Benz employees in China in 2019.

Group Strategic Development Director Katie Drakefordsaid: “We might not have set a new record, but the best result is that we have had a great deal of fun baking and then eating a load of tasty cream teas.

Cream teas are usually a feature of British summer so we thought we would bring summer forward and cheer everyone up during lockdown. The taste of summer was certainly here with both residents and staff having a great time.

“The last 12 months have been extremely tough for everyone here. By having a go at setting a record, we wanted to show that as a team we can get through this and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Valorum Care Group delivers care and support services to more than 1,200 people in England, managing 85 schemes supported by 2,000 staff. Established in 2018, it has extensive expertise in supporting people with particularly complex needs, including autistic spectrum conditions, mental health needs, behaviour that challenges, profound and multiple learning disabilities, physical disabilities and associated complex health needs.

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