In the bake-a-boo kitchen the working heads are nodding to ‘my baby shot me down’, it’s been a bit of a kareoke slash
I was sad to hear this week that Andrew Sachs had passed away. This news particularly struck a chord with me for a couple of reasons. Firstly the day I heard this news I had just spent all day at a conference as part of my nursing degree about Dementia and safeguarding adults. We had a very informative talk from the charity Dementia Friends. Despite losing both my grandmas to this disease and therefore being at great risk of developing dementia myself, I actually didn’t know as much as I thought I did about this disease. This is going to be such a huge part of my career in the future as a registered nurse, as according to the Alzheimers Society 1 in 3 people over 65 develop Dementia in one of its forms. There are currently 800,000 people in the UK living with Dementia and with people now living longer this is estimated to rise to 1 million by 2021 (NHS choices, 2016)
Significantly the day I heard that Andrew Sachs had died was the day I became a Dementia Friend and I will be proud to wear my pin on my nurse uniform as I was effected by the things I found out about this disease during the conference and am so much more aware now of what an issue this is for our ageing population, but also that early and young onset dementia are scarily possible.
Whilst Dementia has a great connection to my career now, I also have a personal connection to Andrew Sachs, as he was my Grandfather’s co-star in the great and iconic Fawlty Towers. I met Andrew Sachs in 2010 when he came to bake-a-boo to an event in honour of my grandfathers life in film and television, and it meant a lot to my family that he came to this. Living locally to bake-a-boo he was a face you often saw around and he was a quiet and humble man. The character that he played in Fawtly Towers is known by most and still continues to make people laugh. He will live on in Manuel and will be missed by many.
Affectionately known as Boo to my friends, I opened bake-a-boo in 2006 and after 10 years of making cake dreams come true, hosting fabulous tea parties and releasing a cookbook I have now closed the doors of the tea room. Plagued with severe endometriosis and several food allergies I’m turning all the bad into something good and after being a great patient, I’m now training to hopefully become a ‘great’ nurse! Here I’m sharing my journey, and talking health, my inspirations and life after bake-a-boo…..and of course CAKE! You can take the girl out of the cake shop but you can’t take the cake shop out of the girl so find out here how I can still help you with cakes and treats and parties galore x