Isle of Wight veteran Kierhan Dry.
A FORMER soldier from Ryde, who was shot in the head during a patrol in Afghanistan, is planning to run the New York Marathon to repay the charity that has helped him recover.
Kierhan Dry, 26, was out on patrol during his second tour of Afghanistan when he was shot.
He said: "I don’t really remember much. It was very hairy out there."
Kierhan was in the Parachute Regiment for seven years but was medically discharged when he was left with severe head injuries, as well as reduced vision and hearing.
It was during his recovery that he was helped by the Never Forgotten Association. The charity paid for him to go on surfing trips and later for his qualifications to become a water sports instructor.
"They have really helped me and I just want to show them how grateful I am," he said.
"Without them, I don’t know where I would be."
Kierhan, a former pupil of Carisbrooke College, has just completed his final operation and has made as full a recovery as he can.
In 2011, he completed the Marine Corps Marathon in USA for the Parachute Regiment Charity.
He said: "Luckily I haven’t really lost any fitness during my operations."
The run takes place on November 3 and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/kierhan-Dry1