Cake sale raises the dough

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A STRATHBLANE mum with sons in the armed forces has raised £2,204.99 for soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes.

Louise Bennet held a ‘Colossal Cake Sale’ on Saturday in Tesco Milngavie and said it was amazing how generous people were on the day.

She said: “From the word go, the stall was busy - and many people turned up with their home baking. I didn’t get a chance to thank them all for their fantastic efforts which were way beyond what we had hoped for.”

The keen cake maker is no stranger to fundraising, and already does her bit for troops on the frontline as she sends them her homemade cakes.

She named them ‘buns of mass production’ and has posted 31,000 to various locations since she began the project in 2003 - she now produces 300 per week.

Her eldest son George is an interpreter in Afghanistan and before that he was a captain with 42 Commando Royal Marines, Matthew is a second lieutenant with the Royal Marines and her third son Simon is a junior doctor who plans to join the Territorial Army.

Louise said: “I also wish to give special thanks to MP Jo Swinson who was on hand to offer her support and purchase baking, Provost Eric Gotts, who really entered into the spirit with his bucket, not only giving up his time to help on the stall but also in presenting a cheque for Help for Heroes from East Dunbartonshire council.

“Other councillors, Bill Binks and Jim Gibbons, rolled up their sleeves and pitched in a very good effort.

“And there was also Milngavie & Bearsden Herald reporter Laura Sturrock who put in several hours on the stall.”

Some favourite cakes included those by BBC journalist Kirsty Wark who donated banana bread loaves which were quickly snapped up. Her colleague and broadcaster Sally McNair also helped on the stall for several hours, selling a huge amount of delicious home baking.

A raffle was also held and the first prize - a spring clean for a house was donated by John Ferguson of The Cleaning Emporium.

Louise added: “On behalf of Help for Heroes and all injured British serving personnel, I would like to say a huge thank you to all involved, especially Tesco for letting us use their foyer, in making the event so successful.”

For more information about the charity, visit the official Help For Heroes website at www.helpforheroes.org.uk