The fund was established in memory of Captain David Seath, who tragically died running the 2016 London Marathon in support the charity, Help for Heroes.The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was established to raise money in David’s memory, which has raised over £320,000 to support personnel, veterans and their families through Help for Heroes.
Despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic, virtual fundraising has enabled David’s legacy to continue to grow during these unprecedented times, a legacy which has now raised over £320,000.00.These unprecedented times have affected many services provided to veterans and their families by Help for Heroes, who have adapted to virtual and community-based service models to support mental health and wellbeing.
The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has played its part, which has supported delivery of over one hundred and sixty virtual sessions to veterans, through Help for Heroes, since the Pandemic began last March. A wide variety of virtual activities have proved popular with veterans and their families, including regular quiz, murder mystery and escape room events as well as drawing, painting, adult colouring-in book and model-making sessions.
One way in which the funds raised in David’s name have been used concerns the development of regular creative therapy workshops for members across Scotland. Members have and continue to participate in a wide range of workshops focusing on painting, pottery, photography, poetry and woodwork. The workshops warmly welcome both members and their families to participate in the sessions and what has been produced is the physical embodiment of many emotive and inspirational stories concerning the powerful impact of creative therapy.
Previously, donations were used to support wounded, injured and sick personnel through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF). A total of two hundred and forty-eight welfare grants were awarded in David’s name, which provided specialist sports therapy equipment, respite breaks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy, as well as facilitating supported employment placements, training courses and the setting up of small businesses.
That’s why we continue to work with David’s chosen charity, Help for Heroes. By doing so, we can be confident that every single donation to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund really does help to rebuild lives.