News North East Autism Society enjoys a slice of Royal Wedding fun IF Prince Harry and Meghan Markle run out of cake the North East Autism Society is ready to step in. For a Society-wide competition to create a wedding cake fit for the Royals saw more than a dozen entries from the North-east’s leading autism service provider’s day services, children’s and adult residential homes, offices, schools and college. Chris Dempster, Director of Education and day services with the North East Autism Society, said: It was all part of our ongoing effort to celebrate and endorse British values – so what better way to do it than to also celebrate the Royal wedding. I’m thrilled with the entries – a lot of work has clearly gone in, but I’m more thrilled that the incredible people in our services, worked alongside staff to take part. The royal couple are set to wed tomorrow, May 19 in London, but that hasn’t stopped Society teams from feeling part of the celebrations. The three winners, judged by John Phillipson, CEO, to an audience of staff keen to put the cakes to the taste test, were: Thornhill Park School in first place for their three-tier celebration cake combining the Union and American flags. Ashdale, Ashgate, Rosehill and Dunelm took second place for their ‘Unequivocally English’ high tea cake complete with cucumber sandwiches and a china tea cup. Wallingford Children’s Residential home came in third with their surprise ‘red white and blue’ cake set on a picnic table. Cakes were submitted from every service area across the Society including a three-tier felt cake made in adult workshops, a gingerbread crown submitted by the team at Head Office and a line-up of Union flag bearing Victoria sponges. John said: I have to take my hat off to everyone who has taken part – I’m more of cake eater than a cake maker! Seriously though, the North East Autism Society and a competition like this isn’t about whether or not you support the Royals, it’s about demonstrating that our Society isn’t us and them – service users and staff - it’s all of us together. And together we can all enrich the lives of others and make a positive contribution to the North East. Click here to view all the competition entries on our Facebook page.