Kevin and Amie go ‘above and beyond’

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A former RAF Regiment Gunner from Carnoustie was last week presented with a special award for his support of a Forces charity.

Kevin Ogilvie and his wife Amie received the ‘Above And Beyond’ Award from the RAF Benevolent Fund for their unstinting support of the charity at a special ceremony in the Victory Services Club, London.

While on his second tour of Afghanistan Kevin was caught in the blast of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), causing severe spinal injuries which left him paralysed.

The RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, stepped in to help Kevin, wife Amie, infant daughter Grace, and his parents during his months of recovery and rehabilitation.

Following his accident, Kevin, his wife Amie, and the extended Ogilvie family have undertaken an incredible fund-raising effort to thank the RAF Benevolent Fund for its support during those difficult times.

To date, they’ve raised more than £9,000 for the charity with a gala dinner, bungee jumps, bucket collections, and a half-marathon.

Their 18 month fund-raising effort will culminate with a family skydive on April 26.

Kevin said: “My family will never forget the support we received from the RAF Benevolent Fund – they were there for us at such a difficult time.

“We just wanted to raise funds to thank the charity and support their welfare work, so to be here receiving the Above and Beyond award is just incredible.”

Amie added: “Our daughter Grace was only a few months old when Kevin was deployed and then injured, so it was an incredibly stressful time. The RAF Benevolent Fund rented a cottage for me and Grace to stay near the hospital and also paid for Kevin’s family to visit every other week from Scotland. Their support made such a difference to me and really helped Kevin’s recovery.”

The award was sponsored by Hewlett Packard and presented by Graham Pearson, account director Air Command, Frontline Services, Defence & Security.

RAF Benevolent Fund controller Air Marshal Chris Nickols said: “Kevin, Amie, and their family have been fantastic supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

“It was our honour to help them when Kevin was injured and it is a pleasure to see them doing well and receiving this award tonight.”