Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
13 May 2013

Grateful dad Alan takes on Edinburgh marathon for SSAFA

Alan Richardson is running in the Edinburgh marathon to thank SSAFA for the welcome his family received at our Norton House.


Grateful dad Alan takes on Edinburgh marathon for SSAFA

Alan Richardson is running in the Edinburgh marathon this weekend to say thank you to SSAFA for the welcome his family received at our Norton House.

In December 2012, Alan's future son-in-law Kevin Ogilvie, an acting Lance Corporal in the RAF (51 Squadron), was injured in an IED explosion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Kevin suffered seven broken vertebrae in his spine and damaged the spinal cord resulting in paralysis from just below the chest down. Following Kevin’s injury, his fiancée Amie and their young daughter Grace stayed at SSAFA Norton House in Selly Oak, Birmingham and then went on to stay at Norton House, Headley Court where they are still regular weekend visitors whilst Kevin receives treatment.

SSAFA’s support over the last year means so much to the whole family that Alan has decided to run the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 26 May to raise money for SSAFA. He says: “I am running for SSAFA because from the very beginning of Kev’s experience they have been here to help – for example they came into the Hospital in Birmingham to give him essential clothing and they continue a close involvement with the family. So thanks to SSAFA I will try my best for the marathon!”

His daughter Amie continues: “Both the Norton Houses have been a lifeline for me and Grace. It meant that we were there for Kev to support him during his first admission to Headley Court which really meant a lot to him. Kev has made fantastic progress and is able to live very independently. He is permanently in a wheelchair but as time has gone on he has found this easier and he manages more and more each day.”

Talking about Alan’s fundraising efforts, Amie says: “This is our first fundraising event as a family for SSAFA but it is the start of many more as we plan to continue raising money for SSAFA as no amount of money can ever be enough for the help they have given to us as a family and continue to give us.”

Visit Alan's fundraising page to support his challenge for our Forces and their families.