Marathon bid boosts Heroes

Kevin Foster from Buckhaven
Kevin Foster from Buckhaven

AN athletic charity venture is on its marks after a Buckhaven soldier swindled death in Afghanistan.

Kevin Foster, of the Royal Pioneer Corps, survived after being shot through the head in a Middle Eastern attack seven weeks ago.

While he’ll be permanently impaired, the married dad of one was fortunate to escape with his life.

And he and his family have been overwhelmed by the care and support they’ve received since.

Kevin’s sister, Katie Foster, is running the Edinburgh Marathon next month to raise money for Help for Heroes (H4H), the Army charity supporting British service personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kevin (39) is recovering at H4H’s rehabilitation centre in Headley Court.

Katie, a sales administrator, of Buckhaven, also wants to raise awareness of the care provided by nurses and medical staff to surviving victims, which she felt did not get enough recognition.

Most of the publicity focused, perhaps understandably, on cases where soldiers had died, she said.

However, the nurses had to provide a great deal of emotional care if troops had lost limbs or were severely maimed in other ways.

They had to explain to the soldiers what had happened to them and help them try to come to terms with their plight.

Ex-Kirkland High pupil Kevin, a 20-year Army veteran, was just a week into his third tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was shot.

After a critical 10 days, the relief that he had survived was overwhelming, said Katie (34), but the shock of hearing what had happened to him was traumatic.

“I knew something was wrong when my mum came to tell me, but that was absolutely the last thing I expected,” she added.

”Kevin had been everywhere. He’d been everywhere you could think of that is dangerous for the Army to go, and he never batted an eyelid.”

Kevin will be permanently deaf in his left ear and has some memory difficulties, but he and his family are so thankful that he is still fully mobile and his prognosis is reasonably good.

Katie and friends from Culture Health and Fitness in Methil are tackling the Edinburgh run for various charities on May 27.

Anyone wising to help can contact her on katiefoster69@hotmail.co.uk or at bymycharity.com/KATIEFOSTER