A caring Strathblane mum who sends cakes to soldiers across the world has received an award for her support to the military forces.
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.
She sent her 100,000th ‘bun of mass production’ to a Royal Marine stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan in August this year.
She even sent some to Prince Harry last year and received a Christmas card from him in return.
Louise started the project because her three sons have been involved in the armed forces in some way.
Her 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.
Another son, Matthew (27), is a Captain with the 40 Commando Royal Marines and her third son, Simon (32), is a doctor. He applied to join the Territorial Army and is now working in orthopaedics in Bristol.
Louise was presented with her award by the Band of Brothers, all servicemen who have received treatment and support from Help for Heroes, at the charity’s recent annual awards ceremony in Wiltshire.
She said: “It was an overwhelming and very emotional night and I felt extremely honoured. To be presented with it from ‘the guys’ was very special.
“We must do every thing we can in the future to continue our support for them, particularly financially.
“The work going on with Help for Heroes at Tedworth House (their headquarters) is truly remarkable and they are going to need our help for many years to come.
“This very successful charity was only set up seven years ago by Bryn and Emma Parry, who are also parents of a serving soldier.”
The buns of mass production are still being sent to service personnel in Afghanistan, although Camp Bastion has now been handed over to the Afghan Army.
They will also continue to go to Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in Birmingham which treats soldiers who have acute injuries.