HC-One supports Cake4KindnessHC-One care homes across the UK are joining forces with Cake4Kindness, a not for profit, Community Interest Company (CIC), to support their local charities by baking and decorating cakes and donating these to their local charities, homeless shelters and soup kitchens for Cake4Kindness Day on the 21st November.  
The day is focused on spreading kindness and good will, and alleviating loneliness and social isolation for those experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable groups, sparking conversations and interaction between those from different walks of life, and encouraging others to help those less fortunate.
HC-One residents and colleagues will be supporting Cake4Kindness to achieve this mission by baking and decorating delicious cakes to be donated to their chosen local charities, homeless shelters and soup kitchens within their local communities, building up relationships and connections with others.
To encourage participation on the day, HC-One has launched a competition called ‘Bake, Decorate, and Donate for a Cause’ to motivate residents living in HC-One care homes to unleash their inner bakers. The competition requires residents to bake or decorate scrumptious cakes and spread the love by donating these treats to a local charity of their choice. Homes will be submitting photos of residents creating their cakes and donating them to their chosen good cause. The top three winning homes will receive a hamper, whilst homes who are selected as runners up will receive some surprise additional prizes.

Baking provides residents and colleagues with a host of psychological benefits as well as providing a productive form of self-expression and communication, as well as being a great stress reliever.
HC-One and Cake4Kindness have also created their own cake recipe book with ten cake recipes to provide inspiration and ideas of what cakes they can make on the day with the ingredients and methods to follow. The recipe book includes recipes for a classic vanilla sponge cake, chocolate brownie cake, lemon drizzle cake, carrot cake, raspberry almond cake, blueberry yogurt cake, coffee walnut cake, banana bread, orange pound cake and marble cake.  If you would like access to the recipe book to get involved with the Cake4Kindness initiative, please click here.
Mark Meacham, HC-One’s Head of Catering and Housekeeping Support Services, said:
“It is very important to us at HC-One, the Kind Care Company, to support good causes such as Cake4Kindness whose aim it is to help those less fortunate and support charities. This will also provide HC-One care homes with the opportunity to build links and relationships with their local communities.
“The Cake4Kindness initiative and cause exemplifies HC-One’s ethos of kindness, as we aim to be the first-choice care home for residents and colleagues in each of the communities we serve.
Neel Radia, Founder of Cake4Kindness, CIC, commented:
“Our mission is to bring communities together through baking together as a means of connecting and reducing loneliness and social isolation. We then donate our baking through kindness to local charities and community groups who support people experiencing homelessness.
“We are delighted, and excited to be working with HC-One for our first Cake4Kindness Day and hope it will inspire others to join in. Together we can work towards reducing loneliness and social isolation in our communities.”