Kevin Ogilvie was born and raised in Carnoustie in Scotland.He attended Carlogie Primary School and Carnoustie High School and also worked for a short period of time at Co-operative farms before he 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 improvised explosive device ripped through the armoured Jackal vehicle he was driving. He was seriously injured along with three of his colleagues.
The blast left Kev with 7 broken and 3 crushed vertebrae, 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 transferred to a specialist spinal unit in Oswestry 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 daughter Grace and Kev's parents, Rhona and Phil so they could be near him.
Their support continues to make such a difference to Kev and his family as they have coped with the difficult days of his recovery and now 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 before the end of 2014.
The family are planning to carry out collections and undertake other fund raising activities in the months ahead.
Hotels or other venues interested in holding a charity event are invited to contact us.
The appeal will culminate with Kevin and others participating in a sky dive.
The family are keen to hear from any businesses or individuals who are willing to support and help us in any way, or donate prizes for an auction or raffle.

Cash Donations can be made at -