Family appeal for fund-raising help

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A Carnoustie born serviceman who was seriously injured after an explosion in Afghanistan is mounting a mammoth fund-raising drive.

Kevin Ogilvie (23) was paralysed from the chest down when an improvised explosive device ripped through the armoured Jackal vehicle he was driving in Helmand Province.

The blast left Kev, of 51 Squadron RAF Regiment, with seven broken and crushed vertebrae, other serious injuries and fighting for his life.

He spent time at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, a specialist spinal unit in Oswestry in Shropshire and the Headley Court military rehabilitation unit.

And during this time Kev, along with wife Amie, daughter Grace and parents, Phil and Rhona, was helped immensely by charities, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

And now the family members are aiming to raise over £10,000 for the two charities, culminating in a parachute jump, which all of the family will take part in later this year.

Dad Phil said: “We received help from two charities dedicated to helping injured service personnel and their families and we are now keen to repay them for their fantastic support.

“Kev knew that he would be reliant on his family, friends and RAF colleagues to provide support.

“The support made such a difference to Kev and his family as they coped with the difficult early days of his recovery and we are planning to give a massive financial boost to both charities as a thank you.”