Chislehurst care home attempts world record for largest tea party
PUBLISHED: 12:32 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:32 17 March 2016
It joined a total of 12 Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution homes in England and Wales taking part in the challenge
A care home in Chislehurst has participated in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest tea party.
Some 44 residents, staff and relatives were present at Prince George Duke of Kent Court during the event which started at 3pm on Wednesday, with a total of 12 Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution homes in England and Wales taking part.
Home manager Rose Akem said: “Residents at Prince George Duke of Kent Court enjoy a good tea party and so we were really excited when we were asked to be involved in this record breaking attempt.
“RMBI care homes are located throughout the country and it has been a great way to be able to bring people together by taking part in a fun activity at exactly the same time, and feel part of something bigger.
“It has been a memorable occasion for both residents and staff.”
The event was organised by WhiteOaks, part of the Compass Group, the home’s catering company, which presented the challenge to its partners to help break the record.
A minimum of 25 participants had to take part at each site with two independent adjudicators to witness the start time and number of people present.
The current record is held by the Yorkshire Building Society, involving 667 colleagues across six locations in the UK on June 25, 2015.
Steve Cenci, managing director for healthcare at Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “We are holding the record attempt in conjunction with Hydration Awareness Week, which looks to highlight the importance of nutrition and hydration as part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings.
“Good nutrition and hydration are essential to health and wellbeing and are also key to helping people recover more quickly from illness.”