World record cream tea bid fails - but they had a tasty time trying it!

Picture of woman tucking into cream tea

Tucking into the cream tea - Credit: Submitted

Residents at Douglas House in Brixham tucked into jam, cream and scones in an attempt to set a new record for the biggest attendance at a cream tea afternoon. 

Residents joined hundreds of other residents from schemes across the country for the simultaneous events staged to cheer up residents and staff during the lockdown. 

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. 

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. 

Woman eating a cream tea

Record bid: All in a good cause - Credit: Submitted

Scheme manager Tracey Shortland said: “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. 

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“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.” 

The scheme supports specialises in supporting people who have varying needs as a result of physical and long term neurological conditions including cancer care, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, epilepsy, brain injury, Huntington’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, spina bifida and hydrocephalus and stroke. 

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.