No record but event goes on

Char­i­ties will still get the sup­port they de­serve

Rutherglen Reformer - - RECORD ATTEMPT - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen war vet­eran has been left gut­ted af­ter his at­tempt to break a world record had to be scrapped.

But Jamie Kennedy is de­ter­mined to make sure the char­i­ties who were set to ben­e­fit from his mas­sive boot camp will still get the sup­port they de­serve.

For­mer Burgh and Stonelaw pupil Jamie has hoped to smash for the record for the big­gest boot camp at the Glas­gow Hy­dro on Sun­day (Septem­ber 13).

But af­ter fail­ing to sell enough tick­ets the 33-year-old has had to down­grade his plans and put his record break­ing plans on ice for now.

In­stead, he’s run­ning the boot camp on the same day at Glas­gow’s O2 ABC venue on Sauchiehall Street fol­lowed by a gig fea­tur­ing four up and com­ing Scot­tish bands.

Any money raised will go to Ersk­ine and Help for He­roes, two causes close to Jamie’s heart.

He told the Re­former: “It’s been four months of hard graft, so it’s soulde­stroy­ing that the world record at­tempt won’t take place.

“I put ev­ery­thing into it and worked 15 hours a day, but it just didn’t work out, these things hap­pen.

“I do not do that (give up), it’s not in my na­ture.

“We’re still go­ing to be rais­ing money for Help for He­roes and Ersk­ine.

“De­spite the world record at­tempt, that wasn’t al­ways the main thing, it was all about get­ting money so we’re not can­celling the event.”

Jamie joined the RAF at 19 but soon trans­ferred to the Army, be­com­ing a bomb dis­posal ex­pert with 11 EOD reg­i­ment.

Af­ter serv­ing in places like North­ern Ire­land, his last tour was of Afghanistan be­fore in­jury forced him out af­ter 11 years.

He tore lig­a­ments in his left knee. His car­ti­lage was re­moved and he was on crutches or 12 weeks.

Af­ter leav­ing the forces, he set up his own mil­i­tary- style per­sonal fit­ness busi­ness based in Xercise4less in East Kil­bride.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment, Jamie can’t wait for the event: “I’m look­ing for­ward to it, it just seems to have crept up on me.

“Ev­ery­one who had bought tick­ets for the Hy­dro is com­ing along for the boot camp, and it’s great to see peo­ple who are will­ing to put their hands in their pock­ets to help the sol­diers.”

Although the boot camp is sold out, there are still tick­ets avail­able for the gig af­ter­wards.

Tick­ets are £ 6 and can be pur­chased from the O2 ABC box of­fice on 0141 332 2232 or www. o2abc­glas­

Ersk­ine is the lead­ing care or­gan­i­sa­tion for ex-Ser­vice men and women in Scot­land.

Help for He­roes of­fer sup­port to ex-ser­vice­men on a UK- wide ba­sis.

De­ter­mined Jamie Kennedy is still go­ing ahead with his boot camp to raise money for char­ity

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