No record but event goes on
Charities will still get the support they deserve
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. o2abcglasgow.co.uk/Info.
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