Establishing David’s Legacy

Eight months on from the tragic events at the 2016 London Marathon, The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £250,000 and supported over 154 wounded, injured and sick personnel and veterans through Help for Heroes.

It’s unbelievable to think that it’s been six months since David’s tragic death running the London Marathon. There’s hardly a minute I don’t think about David and, despite the horrors of the past months and continued sense of loss and devastation, working on his legacy has provided a critical, positive focus.

To date, over £250,000 has been generously donated in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, and we are so incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated money, organised or participated in fundraising activities across the country over the past six months. Without your generosity, support and dedication there would be no legacy…it’s as simple as that.
The ability to understand, react, and respond effectively to any given situation were integral to David’s role as a Captain at 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. In establishing The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, it was very important our response embodied the aforementioned attributes.

Working in partnership with Help for Heroes, the funds are used to provide financial grants to wounded, injured and sick personnel and veterans as a means to rebuild their lives following physical and emotional trauma. The funds are distributed through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF), which means the funds can reach beneficiaries within 72 hours.

So far, over 150 financial grants have been provided through the QRF, where beneficiaries have used the funds to purchase specialist equipment, facilitate essential home and car adaptations, fund respite breaks and initiate vocational and employment opportunities. We have received letters from several beneficiaries which are incredibly emotional to read, but inspiring at the same time.

I am delighted to say our work will continue and we have established an annual quiz night, golf day and 5K running event in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. We will also support over 30 individuals who will participate in a range of challenge events to raise funds next year including Tough Mudder, The London Marathon and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Once again, my sincere thanks to everyone who has gone above and beyond the call in supporting The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, myself and my family. Should you wish to learn more about ways you can support The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, please contact me at


Gary Seath

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