Michelle montageAs a teenager I helped care for my beloved grandfather who had vascular dementia. As a family we didn’t have any support and it was a very hard time for all of us with my mum having to give up her job to care for him full time. I didn’t really understand what was happening and found it very difficult to deal with. There would be days when he didn’t know who I was and there would be days when he got very agitated and angry and I didn’t understand why. Having an Admiral Nurse would have been a lifeline for us all; it would have helped me understand why granddad was changing and be less scared and it would have given my mum and grandma some much needed support when things were tough. Seeing how heartbroken my grandma was when the man she had been married to for over 60 years didn’t recognise her was something that has always stayed with me and made me determined to help other families in a similar position. Time for a Cuppa was the perfect opportunity as even when things were really tough towards the end of Gramps’ life, he still enjoyed his cake and especially my grandma’s delicious Bara Brith.

Bara Brith

2 cups All-bran
2 cups mixed dry fruit
4 cups of cold tea
2 cups of self raising flour
2 cups brown sugar
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon


  1. Place the All-bran, dried fruit, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a bowl and pour the cold tea over it. Leave to stand over night.
  2. Add the flour and mix (you can add some extra milk here if you feel it’s a bit too dry).
  3. Line a medium loaf tin with greaseproof paper and place the mixture in the tin.
  4. Bake for 90 mins at 150C or until golden and a knife comes out clean from the centre.
  5. Enjoy with lashings of butter!