Betty Bennett: Stewarton's super singing star

Betty Bennett: Stewarton's super singing star

in #KillieStories December 14, 2018

This weekend's Community Hero may be 93 years old but Betty Bennett still loves an adventure.

A women’s football pioneer and charity fundraiser, Betty has been at the heart of the Ayrshire community for 80 years and was nominated by David Caldwell as well as by her daughter Elsie Cook.

Born in December 1925, Betty and her sister Nancy organised and starred in concerts to raise money for Stewarton’s elderly residents. She has participated and organised a variety of fundraising activities while working at various knitwear factories in the area.

She’s not been afraid to put her body to the test by taking part in half and full marathons as well as abseiling from the Hilton Hotel while in her 70s. For 20 years, Betty ran the Erskine Charity Shop in Stewarton, helping to raise £100,000 for disabled soldiers in the process, a feat which led to her being honoured with an MBE by The Queen in 2014.

While raising her three children, Betty also became a church elder and Sunday School teacher and carried the Commonwealth Baton.

A lifelong Killie supporter, she attended home and away games throughout the 1960s and 1970s and her hero was Davie Sneddon.

A fearless player at right half, she was at the forefront of Scottish women’s football with Stewarton Thistle LFC in 1961 with the club becoming FC Kilmarnock Ladies in 1990.

While she now suffers from Alzheimer’s, this super great grandmother of 12 still likes nothing better than singing with her family.

The winner of an East Ayrshire Community Award and West Sound Award, Betty can now add our Community Hero prize to her list of accolades.

Congratulations to Betty, we hope you have a wonderful day at Rugby Park.