Coventry care home residents show off their creative skills by winning McVitie's national biscuit decorating contest - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

Coventry care home residents show off their creative skills by winning McVitie's national biscuit decorating contest

A COVENTRY care home certainly had the recipe for success after fighting off 200 other entries nationwide to win a biscuit decorating competition.

Brandon House Care Home won the McVitie’s Tasties contest held in partnership with the National Activities Providers Association (NAPA).

Judges were wowed by their biscuit garden entry which came complete with a church, pond, green house and motorbike garage.

Each resident turned their special memory into biscuit form and the judges said their ‘personalities shone through and warmed their hearts’.

Residents and the care team will now have an Alice in Wonderland style afternoon tea worth up to £1,000.

Sheryl Davis, Brandon House Care Home Manager, said when they saw the competition they jumped at the chance to get involved and were thrilled to win.

“We had a discussion with our residents about our theme which evoked all sorts of wonderful memories – it was clear the favourite theme was gardens and the outdoors.

“Residents came up with interesting ideas where they reminisced of their childhoods spent outdoors.”

Colin created a greenhouse of biscuits as he remembered time spent with his grandad growing vegetables.

Ian built a biscuit garage as he spent all of his life with motorbikes and Gwen crafted a pond to showcase her love for fishing.

Sheryl added: “We were absolutely delighted with how our biscuit garden turned out.

“We like competitions at Brandon House, and we like biscuits even more.”

Scott Snell, Vice President Sales, UK and Ireland, pladis, says: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of entries we’ve received.

“The care and time both residents, Activities Coordinators and Carers have put into the challenge has been inspiring, resulting in some wonderfully creative entries and provoking so many stories of happy memories from residents.

“We’ve seen the Blackpool Tower built from biscuits, creations based on local woodland, and even a new biscuit tail for a care home’s peacock.”

Hilary Woodhead, Executive Director NAPA, says: “This is such a lovely campaign that has engaged residents across the UK at a time when many have needed a pick me up.

“The entries received have been fantastic and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every entry, and seeing all of the creatively decorated biscuits.

“We’re sure that Brandon House Care Home will have the most wonderful afternoon tea.”

The McVitie’s Tasties Biscuits Range “Tasty Biscuits at a tastie price” are available from Brakes at


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