Kelso cake sale raises almost £700 for Help For Heroes

Kelso H4H colossal cake sale
Kelso H4H colossal cake sale

Volunteers from the Borders Help for Heroes Team helped the charity launch its nationwide Colossal Cake Sale earlier this month.

The team in Kelso’s square was led by Anne Armstrong, of Gordon, who was assisted by several friends and volunteers.

People from Kelso, Gordon and the surrounding area donated hundreds of cakes, buns and tray bakes.

Support was also received from Gregg’s, the Four Seasons Cafe and other local outlets and, despite a cold day and work in the square, people bought almost £700 of cakes.

Mrs Armstrong, whose son was an RAF helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan, said: “People’s generosity made it a huge success, and I will be doing the same next year.”

Matt Maynard, the charity’s Borders co-ordinator, said: “To raise almost £700 is fantastic. It’s a tribute to Anne, her friends, and people of Roxburghshire.”

Mr Maynard said although the UK’s campaign in Afghanistan was almost over, the real work for the charity starts now.

“The wounded are wounded for life, and, as so many of them are still very young, they have many years of care left to maintain. We must also acknowledge the psychological scars soldiers bear that may not manifest for a number of years. This issue is likely to be significant, and we must be poised to deal with it effectively,” he said.