BLIND MAN’S OLYMPIC TORCH HONOUR

jamie cuthbertson doing abseil
jamie cuthbertson doing abseil

A BLIND man from Bearsden has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch when it comes to Scotland this summer.

Jamie Cuthbertson (51), from West Chapelton Crescent, didn’t even know that he had been nominated by his daughter Megan (22) and her boyfriend Amr Khogeli (26).

He is registered blind and has taken part in a variety of impressive fundraising events in recent years including running an ultra marathon (150 miles) across the Sahara in seven days, a marathon across the ice in the North Pole and a tandem cycle last August from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

He and his supporters have raised over £20,000 for a variety of charities including St Dunstan’s, the UK Children’s Cancer Study Group and Sightsavers.

The father of four lost his sight when he was only 26 in an accident while he was a captain in the Royal Engineers. A box of detonators exploded in his face and he was nursed back to health at St Dunstan’s in Brighton, now known as Blind Veterans UK.

Challenges

Jamie, who will carry the flame for 300 metres through an area of Kilmarnock on June 8, said: “It’s an enormous honour to be given this role.

“I’m really looking forward to it - it’s such a huge event.

“I set myself regular challenges as I like to show that blind people can do daft things too!

“You should only be limited by your own aspirations and not what others think you are capable of.”

Jamie says there were so many applicants that the numbers were initially reduced at random and he made it through to the judging panel which selects people based on merit.

He says he was lucky to be chosen but his daughter thinks he thoroughly deserves it.

She said: “This was a total surprise for him and he’s so excited about it.

“He’s a real inspiration to other blind people - it’s amazing what he’s achieved since his accident. My dad never lets his disability stop him from doing anything - he lives his life to the full. I’m very proud of him and the way he faces challenges head on.”