Kev and Amie Ogilvie
Senior Aircraftman Kevin Ogilvie was injured serving in Afghanistan. While he was in hospital, his family were able to stay at our SSAFA Norton Homes.
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Senior Aircraftman Kevin Ogilvie, 24, was on a patrol in Afghanistan with 51 Squadron, RAF Regiment when the vehicle he was travelling was hit by an IED explosion.
Kevin sustained life-threatening injuries. He suffered seven broken vertebrae in his spine and damaged his spinal cord resulting in paralysis from just below the chest down. Following treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Kevin spent four months at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries in Oswestry before moving on to rehabilitation at Headley Court.
While he was in hospital, his wife Amie, daughter Grace and his parents were able to stay at our SSAFA Norton Homes. Kevin says, "The support we got from SSAFA has been fantastic. I know they will always be here for us for as long as me, or my family, need them."
Amie hadn’t heard of SSAFA Norton House until Kevin was admitted to Birmingham where she received a referral from one of the Welfare Officers. Having initially stayed at SSAFA Norton House in Selly Oak, Birmingham for a brief period, Amie and Grace went on to stay at SSAFA Norton House, Headley Court for six weeks and are still regular weekend visitors whilst Kevin continues to receive treatment.
Amie, who was a support worker for adults with learning disabilities until just after the accident, says: “Both the SSAFA Norton Houses have been a lifeline for me and Grace. Whilst we were in the process of buying our house I was able to stay at the Headley Court house. It meant we didn’t have to spend a lot of time travelling and also that we were there for Kev to support him during his first admission to Headley Court, which really meant a lot to him.”
“The staff at the house spent a lot of time helping and supporting us including giving us practical information that we needed to know. They were also able to accommodate the wider family at weekends – I really appreciate all their hard work.”
Commenting on Kevin’s recovery Amie says: “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.”
“I would definitely recommend the SSAFA Norton Homes as a place to stay for people in a similar situation. It provides much needed support and allows opportunities to chat and share ideas and feelings with others in similar situations which I felt I would never need but has actually turned out to be extremely beneficial to me as often you can feel that no one can understand how you truly feel until you speak with someone in a very similar position and realise you aren't alone and others have got through it. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.”