Over one-hundred and forty supporters came together on Sunday 24 April to raise over £1200 through a hybrid 5K run/walk event held in support of a memorial fund established in memory of Dunfermline-born Captain David Seath.
Captain Seath tragically died running the London Marathon in support of Help for Heroes and the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K has ran for the past six years in Pittencrieff Park and virtually during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Ran as a hybrid event for the first time this year, over eighty supporters joined the Seath family in Pittencrieff Park for a 5K run or walk, whilst others completed virtual alternatives across the UK, Australia, Europe and the United States.
Over £340,000.00 has been raised in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund since its foundation in 2016, and funds raised from Sunday’s event will support veterans and their families across Scotland, through Help for Heroes.
Gary Seath, Founder of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, said:
“As a family, we wish to offer our sincere gratitude to the local community and beyond for generously supporting our 5K hybrid fundraising event in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.
“The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was established for one very specific reason, which was to continue what David started when he chose to run the London Marathon in support of the charity Help for Heroes.
“Veterans and their families have faced many unique challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic and funds raised will ensure specialist one-to-one and peer group support is delivered by Help for Heroes across Scotland.
“From mental health support, addressing complex support needs to delivering regular social, sporting or creative activities, David’s legacy continues to rebuild lives, forge new connections and provide pathways to brighter futures.”
Many taking part had a strong link to David and the wider Seath family. Some had attended school or university together, competed against one another through sports as well as served on operations in Afghanistan with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery.
Cara Coventry, who attended the same primary and secondary schools, said:
‘It was a pleasure to be able to run with Gary and honour the life of Captain David Seath. The camaraderie shown by his family and friends was a very fitting tribute, making it a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all involved.”
Chris Duff, who used to run with David at Pitreavie Athletics Club, said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5k run. Special thanks to the volunteers on the day and those who helped organise the event. It was great to get together in person to remember David and raise money for a fantastic cause.”
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