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Cake unites the community for Redbridge’s Great Jewish Bake Off

PUBLISHED: 15:15 13 July 2017

Tea party and bake sale at The Dennis Centre for people living with dementia

Tea party and bake sale at The Dennis Centre for people living with dementia

Jewish Care

Schoolchildren, care home residents, toddlers and parents came together to decorate cakes and raise funds for Jewish Care last Thursday.

Arnold Burman of Redbridge Jewish Community CentreArnold Burman of Redbridge Jewish Community Centre

More than 5,000 people came together for the fifth Great Jewish Bake Day, raising funds for older people in the community whilst also enjoying tea and cake.

At Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, retirees were joined by todder group Messy Mischief, and pupils from Clore Tikva and Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School for a spot of cake decorating.

Clore Tikva pupil Shai, 10, said he enjoyed the opportunity to decorate the cakes.

He said: “The best part is to be with the older people and I like the icing and eating too!”

Adam Ben and Ben Adam from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School (Credit: David Solomon)Adam Ben and Ben Adam from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School (Credit: David Solomon)

With music added to create a great party atmosphere children, volunteers and members danced together at the community centre in Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge.

Ida Sharp, 95, who was married for 71 years, and was a carer by profession before she retired, said she had a great time.

She said: “I’m really enjoying watching the children dancing, but unfortunately I can’t dance anymore.

“When I was younger and my husband was alive we used to do rock and roll and the twist, we always loved dancing.

Sadie, 3 enjoys decorating cakes with the Messy Mischief groupSadie, 3 enjoys decorating cakes with the Messy Mischief group

“Now I am lucky to have a wonderful family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who come to visit me at home but I rely on the Jewish Care bus to get out the house and come to see people at the Community Centre two days a week.

“I started coming to see everyone here two years ago and it’s given me a new lease of life.”

On Friday, at the Dennis Centre, in Clarence Avenue, Gants Hil, a bake sale was organised to raise funds for people living with dementia in Redbridge.

Centre manager Zoe McGurrell said, “We had such a lovely morning at the bake day sale at the Memory Way Café with family, carers, staff and volunteers, we all enjoyed a cup of tea and cake and there was such a great atmosphere all morning.”

After dusting off the sprinkles at the end of the day, Jewish Care Vice Chair, Debbie Fox, thanked everyone for taking part.

She said: “The Great Jewish Bake Day is in its 5th year and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part to make this year, the best Bake Day ever.

“Bake Day isn’t just about eating cake, although that’s a big part of it - it’s an event that brings the community together, having fun and connecting with each other, whilst raising much need funds for Jewish Care.

“The money raised will go towards our Jewish Care buses that drive older, isolated people in our community to and from our community centres each day and on outings to places of interest that would otherwise be inaccessible.

“These buses are a real lifeline, supporting older people in our community to lead meaningful lives.”


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