A STRATHBLANE mum who sends cakes to soldiers on the front line is appealing for boxes so that she can continue to post the treats overseas.
Louise Bennett, who named them ‘buns of mass consumption’, has sent 31,000 to various locations since she began this project in 2003 and she now produces 300 per week.
All three of her sons are in the armed forces, her eldest son George is an interpreter in Afghanistan after learning to speak Dari and before that he was a captain with 42 Commando Royal Marines, Matthew is a second lieutenant with the Royal Marines and Simon is a junior doctor who plans to join the Territorial Army.
She started sending George food parcels when he was studying for his finals at university in Bristol and then sent cakes to him when he was deployed in the Iraqi city of Basra.
Mrs Bennett said: “It was my way of showing him that I was thinking of him, his friends loved them as well so I thought why not send more?
“Some soldiers get less post than others and the buns are something that they can all share.”
She uses her own special recipe which can withstand high or low temperatures and is made with up to 16 eggs, dried fruit, sugar, butter and flour. The mixture is poured into muffin cases, baked, then parcelled up into batches of 18 and sent via the British Forces Post Office.
Although there is no way she could make enough for everyone, she tries to set one day a week aside for baking. One time the soldiers didn’t receive any rations, but somehow her cakes got through.
Louise added: “I’ve lost count of the amount of letters I have received from men thanking me for my baking.
“I will worry when all my boys are in war zones. But doing something constructive such as baking makes me feel better. It also lets them and the hundreds of other soldiers out there that they are not being forgotten.”
Boxes need to be square, plastic and airtight, empty Haribo boxes are ideal but any old sweet box could be used. Please hand them in to The Fraser Centre in Milngavie precinct.