Barnardo’s Northern Ireland
Barnardo’s NI works for children first and last. In over 100 years we have helped improve the lives and opportunities of tens of thousands of children in communities across Northern Ireland. We work wherever children need us most.
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Abi bakes cake with celebrity chef for 150th
Barnardo's care laver Abi Ajetunmobi (20) recently baked a special cake under the guidance of celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager to mark Barnardo's 150th anniversary. The finished cake was delivered to Buckingham Palace for a Barnardo's garden party hosted by the charity's President, HRH Duchess of Cornwall. Abi from Belfast trained in cookery and baking while she lived in Barnardo's supported accommodation and currently works for French Village bakery in Belfast.
Abi said: "It was very long days making the cake with 4am starts by the end result was fantastic. I have learnt so much from Rosemary and Marc, I can't even take it all in properly. To get to meet the Duchess was so great and she was really lovely about the cake. The whole experience is a memory I will never forget."
Pictured are (l-r) Marc Mouzon,Pastry Chef, Rosemary Shrager Cookery School, Abi, Lesley Dobson from Dr B's Kitchen and Rosemary Shrager.
The cake was a lime and lemon flavoured genoise sponge with an apple marshmallow filling, a blackcurrant buttercream made with Italian meringue filling and lemon mousse filing. Untop was a strawberry marshmallow and lime jelly and the cake was decoraged with strawberry macaroons and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Newtownabbey teen wins MS Society Young Carer of the Year Award
Sixteen year old Tiana Topping from Newtownabbey, who is supported by Barnardo's NI Young Carers Service was recently awarded 'Young Carer of hte Year at the MS Society awards ceremony held in London and hosted by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills. Tiana cares for her mother Anne Scott who has mutiple scerlosis (MS) and the onset of dementia. Tiana helps her mum by doing the household chores and looking after her younger sister Evie. Tiana was nominated for the award byher Barnardo's support worker Angela McDonald. JLS star Oritse Williams presented Tiana with her award. Tiana said, "When they announced i had won I cried. It was asolutely overwhelming. It feels so good and makes me very happy. Thingking about my relationship wiht my mum and how I've helped her manage her MS means everything to me."
Dr B's Medal Haul
Dr B’s Kitchen trainee chefs Lauren McCracken (18) from Comber and Jordan Jenkins (17) from Ballyclare won gold and silver medals respectively at the IFEX Culinary Ability Awards held recently at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Lauren and Jordan are pictured with Dr B's Chef/Mentor Andrew Gibb who said: "We are delighted for Lauren and Jordan. They worked incredibly hard to perfect their dishes and were under a lot of pressure on the day competing against the other entrants and under the scrutiny of the judges with only 40 minutes from start to presentation, but they rose to the challenge and we are so proud of both of them.”
Lauren has been a trainee with Dr B's for a year and a half. Jordan has been with the service for just seven months. Dr B's trains young people with learning disabilities for a career in the hospitality industry. It has been running for 25 years and has an 80% success rate in placing its trainees in permanent employment.
For the competition Lauren prepared a seared duck fillet accompanied with ravioli stuffed with orange and cardamom confit and. Jordan prepared a crisp pan fried salmon fillet with a Mediterranean potato, chorizo and fennel melody.