A Carnoustie veteran and his family recently presented more than £22,000 to two Forces charities as a ‘thank you’ for their support.
Kevin and Amie Ogilvie gave cheques totalling £22,103 to the RAF Benevolent Fund and the SSAFA at RAF Honnington after a year of dedicated fundraising.
In 2012 Kevin, then a senior aircraftman with the RAF Regiment, was paralysed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and it was those two charities which stepped in to help ease his recovery by supporting his wife Amie and their daughter Grace.
Events have included a midsummer ball which raised almost £7000, numerous supermarket collections and culminating in a family sky dive.
Kevin said: “The support given to us by both the RAF Benevolent Fund and SSAFA has been invaluable during the difficult days of my recovery. We know they will be there to support our family for as long as we need them to. The fundraising is really our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all their help.”
RAF Benevolent Fund fundraising director Mike Neville said: “Kevin and Amie’s story is inspirational. His determination to overcome such devastating and life-changing injuries is cause for celebration alone.
“But to turn this into a way of raising funds for the charities which helped him and his family along the way is truly awe-inspiring. We are humbled by the Ogilvies’ generosity.”
SSAFA’s director of fundraising Deborah Easlick said: “We have watched in awe as both Amie and Kevin have adjusted as a family to their life-changing circumstances. They seized the opportunity to turn tragedy into success by setting themselves a remarkable fundraising challenge to say thank you to SSAFA and the RAF Benevolent Fund. We would like to congratulate them on all they have achieved and thank them for their unfaltering support.”