We are delighted to have received a letter of thanks from Andy Wilmer, who proved one of the first #veterans to benefit from David’s legacy in 2016. Andy received funding to gain NEBOSH qualifications, as a means to assist him make the difficult transition to civilian life, and secure employment as a Project Manager within the construction Sector.
“I want to start by thanking you and all of David’s family for setting up his memorial fund. Without the Quick Reaction Fund money that I received I probably wouldn’t be in the position I am now after I was injured. I suffered an eye injury in 2013 after a freak accident on Salisbury Plain. I was subsequently medically discharged in 2015 after serving for 13 years in the Royal Engineers. I was ill prepared for the civilian world and after doing several courses I wanted to do my NEBOSH general construction and health and safety certificates. I unfortunately didn’t have the money to pay for the deposit so applied for a grant from Help for Heroes. It was accepted and I was advised I was one of the first beneficiaries of the Captain Seath Memorial Fund.
“I initially started the courses in 2016 and managed to pass four or the five elements needed first time, however the last element I found much more difficult. One because I was away from the classroom environment and two because I was essentially trying to pass via distance learning. After four attempts of the 2 hour written exam I finally found out I passed the last element in January this year (2020). Four years of re-sit after re-sit and many late nights of revision an cramming.
“I wouldn’t have persisted if it wasn’t for David though. I didn’t want to let his death be for nothing. I felt a massive sense of duty to honour his legacy by passing that final element and sticking with it in the British Army way. The fact I was in the process of doing my NEBOSH qualification will have no doubt helped in securing some of the roles I have had, and will I’m sure he’ll me massively going forward. I wouldn’t have been able to do those courses if it wasn’t for the money I received, and I wouldn’t have received it if the memorial fund hadn’t been set up.
“I’d like to say thank you to you and able of David’s family for being there to help me and many other people like me. David will never be forgotten and through stories like mine he will live on and continue to help the many people and help them to make the most of the support received.”
Over £300,000 has now been raised in support of David’s legacy which has been used to award two hundred and forty-eight welfare grants, through Help for Heroes Quick Reaction Fund as well as support over eight hundred personnel, veterans and their families through Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme in Scotland.
Help us ensure our work continues by donating in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/2tFR3oD