A CHESTER mother-of-two has been dubbed ‘Carey Berry’ after combining her passion for baking with her care experience, to help look after elderly residents in Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Julie Scott had worked in a range of roles including childcare and as a food and nutrition technician in a school, before deciding to go into business for herself after the pandemic.

An avid Great British Bake Off fan, Julie wanted to continue her passion and be able to put something back into society and her local community, by baking the cakes that help bring sweet smiles and cheerfulness to people.

Cake to care

She set about establishing Radfield Home Care - a care business that helps older people live in their own homes as long as possible, in the communities they have been a part of and supporting them to live their lives to the fullest. Through her simple acts of cake kindness, she’s proved that going from cakes to care has made for a brilliant career change.

Julie, whose offices are in the Chestergates Business Centre, said: “Bringing a homemade cake out to one of our client’s homes can make all the difference in a day to an older person. Lemon, coffee and spiced ginger tray bakes are my trio of signature cakes.

“I love seeing the smiles that start to beam when I walk through the door with my cake tin. It can really make someone’s day by giving them a little sweet something that they didn’t know was coming, creating little moments of joy.”

Combining cakes and care have created a new career stage in life for Julie, who has never looked back since she set up Radfield Home Care covering Chester and Ellesmere Port.

With the combination of culinary kindness and focus on care standards and quality, she’s built up a successful care business in the last two years, with 50 clients and 24 care professionals on her books.

And the cherry on the cake for Julie - in June 2023 she received the highest possible rating, an ‘Outstanding’ from the care sector regulator, the Care Quality Commission.

Julie’s cake commissions have gathered equal popularity, she’s now mass baking for clients with themed cakes, buns, sponges and shortbreads for seasons and special calendar points from Easter to Halloween, the Kings’ Coronation to Christmas. One of Julie’s Care Professionals even dresses up to help distribute the cakes to clients, donning an Easter bunny costume and dressing as King Charles III.