Mother of dead soldier joins Glenrothes respite centre campaign

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Janette Binnie, mother of Sean Binnie.

The mother of a Fife soldier killed in Afghanistan is raising funds in his memory for a charity project in Glenrothes.

Janette Binnie says supporting plans to establish a respite centre in the town for people affected by disabilities would help her to move on following the loss of her son.

Sean Binnie, who lived in Kirkcaldy, died in Helmand aged just 22 in 2009.

His mother, who now lives in Fraserburgh, has teamed up with Jacqui Lowe, Glenrothes-based founder of the group Trusted Breaks, to assist with efforts to provide a respite centre near Gilvenbank Park.

“I have known Jacqui for a number of years,” she said.

“I knew she had lost a child and went to see her.

“She told me what she was doing and I wanted to help her.

“It has been a while since Sean died and it has been hard but fundraising for this will help to keep me busy.”

Sean Binnie was an acting sergeant in the Black Watch when he was killed by insurgents eight years ago.

He had married just six months before his death and is now buried in Belfast, where his widow Amanda lives.

Earlier this year, The Courier reported on how Jacqui Lowe had been inspired by the life of her daughter to help people with physical and emotional disabilities.

Charley Lowe died last September aged 20 and was one of the oldest people to have lived with Edwards’ syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes a range of severe medical problems.

Since her daughter’s death Jacqui has devoted her time to developing plans for a respite centre that could help others affected by disabilities.

Welcoming Janette’s involvement, she said: “We have been supporting each other.

“We greatly appreciate all of the support and help we have received.

“This will make a huge difference not just to people in Glenrothes, but the whole of Britain.

A fundraising Halloween party will take place in Pinkertons, Pinkerton Road, Glenrothes, on Friday October 27.

Tickets are available from the venue or from Jacqui on 01592 369812.