Kevin Ogilvie was born and brought up in Carnoustie and attended Carlogie Primary school and Carnoustie High school. He worked for a short period of time at Cooperative Farms and then joined the Royal Air Force Regiment in 2008.
Kev, 23, was on patrol in Helmand province during his second deployment to Afghanistan with Lossiemouth based 51 Squadron, RAF Regiment in 2012 when an improved explosive device ripped through the armoured Jackal vehicle he was driving. He was seriously injured along with three other servicemen.
The blast left Kev with seven broken and crushed vertebrae and other serious injuries and fighting for his life.
He was immediately flown back to the UK where he spent some time in intensive care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
After 2 weeks he was then transferred to a specialist spinal unit in Oswestry in Shropshire and after 3 months transferred to the Headley Court military rehabilitation unit.
 As he began his long recovery from the near-fatal injuries that left him paralysed from the chest down, he knew that he would be reliant on his family, friends and RAF colleagues to provide support.
The family also received help from two charities dedicated to helping injured service personnel and their families – and the family are now keen to repay them for what they describe as their “fantastic” support.
While Kev was being treated in hospital the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and the RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in to help the family.
Between them, the two armed forces charities provided accommodation for Kev’s wife Amie, their young daughter Grace and his parents, Rhona and Phil so they could be near him.
Their support made such a difference to Kev and his family as they coped with the difficult early days of his recovery that the family are planning to give a massive financial boost to both charities as a “thank-you”.
The family, have set themselves the target of raising at least £10,000 between both charities during the course of this year
The family are planning to carry out bucket collections and undertake other fund-raising activities in the months ahead.
Hotels or other venues interested in holding an event are invited to contact us.
The appeal will culminate with Kevin and members of the family participating in a parachute jump.

The family are keen to hear from any individuals or businesses who are willing to support us in any way, or donate prizes for an auction / raffle.

 

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