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Soldier Kevin Elliott's father in charity cycle pledge

Pte Kevin Elliott
Image caption Pte Kevin Elliott was killed in an explosion in Helmand province in 2009

The father of a Scottish soldier who died in Afghanistan is to cycle around the UK to raise money in his memory.

Black Watch infantryman Pte Kevin Elliott, 24, from Dundee, was killed while on foot patrol in Helmand province in August 2009.

His father Sandy, of Aberdeen, aims to visit 50 military bases across the UK during his 2,000-mile solo cycle.

Cyclingforheroes2012will raise funds for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

Mr Elliott, 48, said the month-long cycle, which is due to begin on 1 May, would be to thank SSAFA for the help and support they gave him through their Bereaved Families Group.

He explained: "The group allowed me to be meet with other families in a similar situation who had lost someone whilst they were serving in our armed forces.

"The group has been invaluable in helping me through the last few years."

Pte Elliott died alongside 40-year-old Sgt Stuart Millar from Inverness. They were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in the Babaji District of Helmand after their patrol came under attack from insurgents.

His funeral heard that Pte Elliott, who joined the army in 2002, had been on the verge of leaving the military shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan.

But he changed his mind and caught the last transport to Afghanistan because he "didn't want to miss the boys".

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