Family fun day in memory of Kirkcaldy soldier killed in the line of duty

Acting sergeant Sean Binnie on tour with the Black Watch
Acting sergeant Sean Binnie on tour with the Black Watch

Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park will host a charity family fun day to help injured soldiers and their families at the end of the month.

The event, to be held on June 28, is being organised by Janette Binnie, the mother of Kirkcaldy-born Sean Binnie, a Black Watch soldier who was killed in action.

Acting sergeant Binnie, (22), a member of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed by a single gunshot in a battle with insurgents near Musa Qala in Helmand in May 2009.

Mrs Binnie, who lives in Fraserburgh, said the reason she chose Kirkcaldy for the event was the way the people of the town pulled together to help her family after Sean was killed.

“Without them and their help in the aftermath of our loss, I don’t think I would have got through this horrendous time,” she said.

“I wanted to hold a fun day for families because I think it is important for people to realise that, even though we lose people, life goes on.

‘‘I want them to realise that my beloved son and every other soldier who has lost their life has given the ultimate sacrifice so that others can come out and have fun with their families, and they should make the most of their time together. This will be in his memory.”

The Armed Forces Family Funday will run from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in aid of the Invicta Foundation - a charity for soldiers and their families to get advice and information.

Through its Forces Families Advice Bureau (FFAB) it provides emotional and practical help; with retreats offering breaks in activity centres around the country, and plans to run workshops, offer counselling and any other essential help.

On the practical side it can show families what adaptations need to be made for their own homes when caring for their loved ones.

At the Beveridge Park event there are a host of activities planned from stalls, raffles and demonstrations to balloon modelling, face painting, children’s entertainers, hair braiding and henna tattoos to fairground rides, slides, trampolines a fun zone, beat the goalie and much more.

The Invicta Foundation

Formed in 2010 by Cheryl Hall and Stephen Robertson whose eldest son Ashley hall was badly wounded in Afghanistan.

When Ashley returned home from Afghanistan the family was faced by many difficulties and discovered that there was not a lot of support available for non-dependent family members so they formed the Invicta Foundation to bridge this gap.