Emmerdale chef Mark Charnock, aka ‘Marlon Dingle’ tested his kitchen skills during his visit to Hambleton Grange in Thirsk, West Yorkshire.
Mark, who has featured in the ITV soap for 22 years, was called upon to test his cake decorating skills against the home’s resident chef Ellie Cook during a summer fair.
Ellie said: “I just got on with decorating the cakes but Mark was making me laugh all the way through – I think he was trying to put me off! He didn’t succeed though as one of our residents judged me as the winner. Mark did look a bit disappointed but it was all good fun!”
As well as mingling with residents, staff and the local community and signing autographs, Mark was asked to officially open the home’s new art room, which will be used to host regular painting, drawing and craft classes for the people who live at Hambleton Grange.
Mark said: “Hambleton Grange was great fun – I received an extremely warm welcome and they definitely know how to put on a party! One thing I have to say is that the bond I have seen between residents and staff is amazing – there is so much warmth and compassion that is evident as soon as you walk through the door. It does feel like a great place to live.”
Hambleton Grange is operated by Ideal Carehomes and offers residential and dementia care to older people from Thirsk and the surrounding areas. Residents live at the luxury home on an all-inclusive basis.
The home has a dedicated Lifestyle Manager who arranges regular trips, events and activities according to resident preferences and staff have access to the latest care plan technology enabling them to devote more time to their residents.