AN ex-serviceman who was blinded more than 15 years ago in a tragic training exercise is set to raise money for wounded comrades.
Jamie Cuthbertson (52), from Bearsden, is urging people to get baking in aid of Blind Veterans UK - the national charity for blind ex-service men and women, as it gears up to launch its annual Tarts for Troops fundraising campaign.
Jamie has dedicated his life to helping wounded soldiers and was recognised for his work last year when he was chosen as one on the Olympic torchbearers as it travelled through Scotland.
The former Royal Engineers Captain said: “When I first lost my sight Blind Veterans UK was there for me, providing me with the essential support I needed to adjust to being a blind man and the vital skills necessary for my rehabilitation.
“Since then they have always been there for me, providing me with all of the advice and assistance I have needed. More than anything else, Blind Veterans UK has helped me to regain my independence.”
As a way of saying thank you for the support that the charity has given him for more than 15 years, Jamie is backing the charity’s Tarts for Troops campaign, during which it asks people to bake tarts and hold tea parties to help raise funds for its vital work.
Jamie added: “Although I am not a renowned baker, I will be trying my hand at baking tarts and I urge others to do the same.”
The former soldier lost his sight during a demolition training exercise in Farnborough when 100 detonators exploded very close to him. He served with the Royal Engineers between 1982 and 1988.
Shortly after the accident Jamie became a member of Blind Veterans UK, which has helped him cope with the challenges he has had to face.
Tarts for Troops runs between Saturday, June 29 and Friday, July 5, 2013.
A host of celebs, including Gordon Ramsay, Lorraine Pascale, Gregg Wallace, Tamasin Day Lewis, Phil Vickery and Mary-Anne Boermans, have shown their support this year by donating sweet and savoury tart recipes,
If you’re organising a Tarts for Troops fundraiser, register with the charity for tips and advice on how to make it a safe and successful event.
For more information log on at www.tartsfortroops.org.uk