Stephens go down a desert storm
Published 27 Aug 2012 15:00 1 Comment
Stephens retail operations manager Carole Adamson (left) and Dianne Heggie with part of the consignment headed for Dianne's son and his army pals in Afghanistan.
Stephens the Bakers could open a new branch on the streets of Afghanistan after a war mum's cake goodie box went down a desert storm.
Every week Dianne Heggie, who works at Stephens' Guildhall Street branch, posts a parcel with the bakers' cakes and biscuits to her soldier son Shaun in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately for Shaun (26), a Lance Corporal with the 26 Engineer Regiment, as soon as they arrive his fellow troops swoop in to help him eat his much missed West Fife delicacies.
Now the bakers themselves have signed up to the cause after arranging for 25 boxes of goodies, one for each soldier in the regiment, to be posted out to Shaun and his pals.
Diane, of Carswell Place, who has worked for Stephens for six years, said, "Shaun has been out in Afghanistan from March and this is his second tour.
"He was out two years ago and it was my idea to send him cakes as the first time he went out to Afghanistan they didn't have very good food, but it's a lot better this time.
"I've been sending out parcels that will keep, like ginger bread, fruit cake or short bread, food with a good enough date on it as it takes a couple of weeks to get there and that is also within the weight limit."
Shaun has been in the army since he was 18 and Dianne has done her best to keep him stocked up with his favourite West Fife delicacies wherever he goes.
"He's based down in England and any time we'd visit we'd take cakes and steak bridies but unfortunately we cant post steak bridies as they wont keep.
"As soon as the cakes get there his pals start digging in. The first time I sent them over he said, 'can you keep sending cakes as the guys all love it'.
"One of my bosses at Stephens asked if I was still sending cake for Shaun and they said they'd look into it. I'm absolutely delighted and I told my son as well and he said great."
Stephens retail operations manager Carole Adamson said, "Stephen the Bakers have arranged for 25 boxes of goodies, each containing a sultana cake, cherry cake and highlander shortbread, to be posted out to Shaun and his fellow troops, as a thank you for the great work they are doing in Afghanistan."
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 27 Aug 12
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