The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund worked in partnership with Lothian Veterans Centre, Inspire, Educate and Develop Training Ltd and the Royal Marines to deliver an experiential day for young people through Police Scotland’s KickStart programme.
The event was very much about the Legacy of Captain David Seath, an officer of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, who tragically died of a cardiac arrest running the 2016 London Marathon. The programme included CPR and Defibrillator training as well as an insightful presentation from the Royal Marines as a means to develop vital life-saving skills as well as aspiration.
Gary Seath, Founder of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, delivered the CPR and defibrillator training aspects of day in partnership with Steven Williams from Lothian Veterans Centre, Inspire, Educate and Develop Training Ltd.
Cam, from the Royal Marines, described to the young people what it means to be a Royal Marine with regards to the high levels of fitness, dedication and discipline required as well as the diverse range of careers available within the corp.
“Over 30,000 people will experience a cardiac arrest in local communities across the UK each year and to have provided this group of young people with the confidence and vital life-saving skills to respond and react confidently is an important aspect of David’s legacy.
“David experienced a cardiac arrest running the London Marathon and, despite receiving instant, expert medical attention, he tragically died later in hospital. I think providing young people with the opportunity to learn about vital life-saving skills is so important and I certainly hope we can deliver further sessions in the future.
“Today was also about planting the seed of aspiration and the presentation from the Royal Marines introduced the prospect of a career in the armed forces. It was very pleasing to hear that one of the young people now wishes to become a Royal Marine Sniper.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Callum and Fiona, from Police Scotland, as well as work with Steven (Lothian Veterans Centre, Inspire/Educate and Develop Training Ltd) and Cam (Royal Marines) and I am delighted to have heard such positive feedback from the young people with regards to both sessions.”