Bakers at Blissful Bites mark 20th anniversary

Bakers at Praxis Care’s social enterprise are marking 20 years in business - in one of the area’s most successful and popular schemes.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:24 am

It’s two decades since Blissful Bites was set up by Praxis Care in Portadown - but not even the COVID-19 crisis could stop tenacious trainees.

Blissful Bites continued rolling out their hugely popular produce throughout the pandemic - much to the delight of their many dedicated customers.

Apple pies and tray bakes still remain a decided favourite.

Trainee Mark James (pictured) aided by support workers and bakers Deborah Smith (right) and Kate McCartney (left) has been pumping out 42 of the prized pies every week throughout the year to local retailers in Lurgan and Portadown.

The bakery which marks its 20th year of operation trains and employs adults with learning disabilities.

Trainee Mark James (pictured) aided by support workers and bakers Deborah Smith (left) and Kate McCartney (right) has been pumping out 42 of the prized pies every week throughout the year to local retailers in Lurgan and Portadown.

The pies and other baked goods including rocky roads, 15s and shortbread are made using apples from Davison’s Orchard, and dairy products and flour sourced locally.

The Praxis Care site has been in operation for 20 years.

Praxis Care is the island of Ireland’s largest charity provider of care for adults and children affected by mental ill health, learning disability, autism and dementia.

Praxis Care supports 1,500 individuals with mental ill health, autism, learning disabilities and dementia, providing innovative, professional, high quality support services to people across the spectrum of need and particularly at the higher level of complexity.

They are committed to helping those at risk of exclusion because of complexity of need.

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