Capital tablet maker raises sweet sum for army

Margaret Munro raises funds for injured veterans through making tablet. Picture: Gordon Fraser
Margaret Munro raises funds for injured veterans through making tablet. Picture: Gordon Fraser
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A pensioner from Midlothian has tapped into the nation’s love of sweet-tasting confectionery to raise much-needed funds for charity.

Margaret Munro, from Loanhead, has turned her tablet-making skills into a cottage industry to provide funds to help wounded, sick and injured soldiers.

The 68-year-old baking lover’s recent batch of tablet resulted in her being able to make a £1000 donation to the army’s Personnel Recovery Centre.

Mrs Munro, who lives in the Pentland Park Caravan Park, explained she first embarked on making tablet for funds when she agreed to help her granddaughter raise £1650 in a six-month period for an Army Cadet and Young Carers from Ayrshire Force expedition to Borneo.

“Although she poo-pooed the idea when I made the tablet, it just went like hot cakes,” she said.

“I think it was the main part of the fundraising.”

Mrs Munro continued making tablet, using a recipe she received as a child from her primary school teacher, for friends and the Edinburgh branch of the Queen’s Own Highlanders.

Her husband, Bob, served with the Seaforth Highlanders and then the Queen’s Own Highlanders for 
22 years.

Last December, she made a donation to the Soldiers off the Street organisation in Glasgow with the profit from her wares.

Since February, Mrs Munro has been supplying the Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club and her hairdresser in Bilston with regular batches of tablet.

“Sometimes I am struggling to keep up with demand. It has become a cottage industry. I try and make three or four batches so make a day of it but it varies,” she said.

Each batch produces 18 bars, which are wrapped in greaseproof paper and sold for £1 each.

At the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association summer dance, Mrs Munro presented Captain Eck Stewart with the donation for the Personnel Recovery Centre which it is hoped will be used to take a group to the United States next year.

There is a centre based at Edinburgh House, Gilmerton. It is run by personnel from the army, but funded by the Royal British Legion, in partnership with Erskine.

Mrs Munro is already focusing on her next target.

“My tablet pot will be working overtime next year, prior to the 55th anniversary reunion in Inverness in June,” she said.

JANET BEE