A caring Strathblane mum has sent her 100,000th ‘bun of mass production’ to a Royal Marine stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.
Louise Bennet started making the tasty fruit cakes in 2003 to send to soldiers on the frontline and she continues to produce 500 every week.
The cakes are sent to seven addresses in Afghanistan, including Camp Bastion, where two soldiers from Milngavie and Bearsden are based.
She even sent some to Prince Harry last year and received a Christmas card from him in return.
The 100,000th bun was delivered last week to Royal Marine ‘Harry’.
Louise’s eldest son, George (34), who now works in security in South Africa, was a Captain with 42 Commando Royal Marines. He was among the first soldiers who stormed into Saddam Hussein’s Palace in Iraq when British and American troops invaded in 2003. He also took part in several tours in Afghanistan.
Her other son, Matthew (27), is a Captain with the 40 Commando Royal Marines and currently training off the west coast of Africa.
Louise’s third son, Simon (32), is a doctor. He applied to join the Territorial Army and is now working in orthopaedics in Bristol.
Louise said: “It’s rather nice that the 100,000th bun will be going to Royal Marine Commandos - after all that’s how it all started.
“I’ve had lovely letters from soldiers who really appreciate my buns and letters.”
Regular letter writer, Dave from Camp Leatherneck, said: “Sharing the buns and the story behind them with the US and British soldiers has always brought a smile to people’s faces and admiration for what you do. Your kindness has cheered a lot of people up.”
He jokes that her buns are making a serious dent in his plans to get in shape.
The troops also sent Louise a mug with the words ‘You’re a Star’ on it.
She said: “I was really touched. I’m glad I can brighten their day in a small way.”