Roch Rochester received a welfare grant in David’s name, through Help for Heroes, as a means to purchase a specialist hand mountain bike in 2017. Since then, Roch has fully grasped the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with his family and utilise cycling as a means of therapy. As it turns out, Roch has recently taken on a momentous endurance challenge with his mountain hand bike and covered over 200 miles, from Koblenz to Arnhem, earlier this year.

Roch has described his experience below;

“The road to recovery takes some twists and turns. The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund financed a mountain hand bike as a means to enjoy some time with my children out on the trails of Dartmoor. This was my goal and the joy that has provided is immeasurable. Well, not in the wealth most things in life are measured but, in my case, it is wealth in family time.

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“So, to the bridge too far… I put my name down for a cycle challenge with BLESMA. Having a spinal cord injury, I am in fact a member of this charity. The challenge was to ride down the Rhine from Koblenz to Arnhem in Holland. I say a ride down the Rhine… there where a lot of up hills also. Well, it’s only 200 miles and the opportunity to get to Arnhem for the 75th anniversary of operation market garden.  Being an ex 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery man, I would get to see some of my other brothers from other mothers. My pre-training consisted of more time on penicillin than on the bike.  This due to the metal in my legs which causes bouts of cellulitis. So, the training went well but I was determined to get there.

“So, we started the morning of the 15th September with the target to reach the bridge too far in Arnhem on Friday 20th September. We had a mixed group of injuries ranging from spinal cord injuries single, double and triple amputees. This was a fine site for the locals to try and take in. Riding down the cycle ways of Germany with all the Brexit wrestling happening and us going past flaying the union flag and our own corps flags.

“But anyway, what a challenge, not just physically but mentally for myself. Koln was the halfway point this was one of the hardest days for me where I tend to lose the feeling in the hands complete. I tend to overwork the shoulders so, I was contemplating duct taping the hands to the hand grips. We had to ride the streets of Dusseldorf and Duisburg if you haven’t been there. We shall we say being so low down to the floor I think I developed tram tourette’s.

“Yes, lots of Blesma tops worn as this charity organised and financed the trip. But without the funding from David’s memorial fund it would have taken years of building myself back up to the point I am at now and, without the help from many of the military charities, this would have been a bridge too far.   

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“So, keep up your fantastic work I am always deeply in debt to you all. Every day David is in my thoughts as get on my bike and my horizon expands.”

We are delighted to announce that Trish Patterson will take on the MONTANE®Spine® Race in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, a challenge which will involve covering an epic 268 miles across the most demanding national trails in Britain, over seven days.
The MONTANE®Spine® Race The MONTANE®Spine® Race is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. A truly epic challenge that will test your physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop along the most iconic trail in the UK, you will experience the full intensity and ferocity of the British Winter.

The Pennine Way is one of the most demanding National Trails in Britain, and certainly the most iconic. The trail crosses some of the most beautiful and at times difficult terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviots; finishing at the Scottish Borders.

The Spine® Race is open to anyone with appropriate experience* who wishes to test themselves and compete in a truly demanding race. Expect to face extreme weather, deep snow, ice, mud, bogs, ground water, storm force winds and driving rain in a gruelling, non-stop, 7-day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm.

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It’s not just the conditions that are against you, your own body and mind could become your worst enemy. Tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure to the extremes of winter weather are all to be expected. To finish you must be prepared and willing to push yourself harder than ever before.

Trish has kindly taken time out of her training schedule to share her thoughts with regards to taking on the Spine Race:

“Dave and I met in the Army and were deployed to both Kenya and Afghanistan together.

“One of my best memories of Dave is when we had a big BBQ at my house. Everyone bought some beers and burgers in a ratio of 90% beer and 10% burger with the odd sausage. Not Dave though, Dave arrived at my house with some of the finest ingredients and declared he was making home made burgers! Needless to say they were amazing and soon disappeared.

“Dave didn’t do things in half measure, he was committed, hardworking but also very funny. He had that knack of making tough things feel easier to those around him with either a smile or a few words. His enthusiasm and laughter was infectious. Dave was one of the most genuine people I have ever met.
“Dave was very tough both physically and mentally, I don’t doubt he would have liked the challenge of the Spine Race which is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. Racing 268 miles with over 13000 meters of ascent non-stop in the ferocity of the British Winter unsupported would have been right up his street!
“To complete the Spine Race I will have to be tough, both physically and mentally. Training for an event like this requires a lot of time and sacrifice (I’ve lost many toenails!) but it is needed. My training plan will have me running 100 miles a week at my peak, and there will be limited partying for me at Xmas.
“People often see the distance as the toughest aspect of the race, but I think the darkness is the toughest. During the race it will be dark for about 16hrs a day and it is likely that I will be alone, fatigued and cold. Maintaining mental focus will be tough when every part of your body wants you to stop and sleep, but I will try my best to ride out the tough times like Dave, with a smile.”
We offer our sincere thanks to Trish for supporting the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund and wish her the best of luck for January. If you would like to donate in support of Trish’s epic effort, you can donate, via Just Giving.

We are delighted to announce that Yellow Cafe Rosyth will run a Red Velvet Cake #fundraising promotion in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund from 06 November – 20 November.

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The cafe is run by Ewen and Maighan Brand who generously offered to donate the proceeds from cake sales during their first month of operating in May 2016 and have continued to run a series of promotions and collections ever since.

Ewen also very kindly ran the Mens’ Health 10K Edinburgh event in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund back in October 2018, raising over £250 in support of David’s legacy.

Based in Rosyth, Yellow Cafe is a highly popular family-friendly cafe which believes strongly in an ethos of making fresh food with a smile. The cafe offers an extensive array of daily savoury and sweet treats and runs a highly successful outside catering service.

Address: 10 Unwin Ave, Rosyth, Dunfermline KY11 2ZQ

Our sincere thanks to Ewen and Maighan for their generous, continued support.

PRESS RELEASE  

 The legacy of a Scots army captain who died while raising funds for Help for Heroes has been commemorated by the charity.

2.jpegSince Captain David Seath, from Crossgates, Fife, collapsed just three miles short of the finish line running the 2016 London Marathon and died later in hospital, his family have gone on to raise over £300,000 for the charity.

And this week, Help for Heroes marked Captain Seath’s incredible legacy by installing a memorial stone and planting a crab apple tree in the grounds of its Northern Recovery Centre, Phoenix House, at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, with his parents Libby and Peter and brother Gary as guests of honour.

An officer in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, David had chosen to support Help for Heroes through his participation in the London Marathon as he cared passionately about veteran welfare.

Mark Elliott, founder of Help for Heroes, said: “For David to die the way he did, doing what he did, speaks volumes about the man he was – doing something to help others. Help for Heroes is very much about family. We lost a member of our wider family when David died but we gained three more in Libby, Pete and Gary, and it’s been a huge honour to do so.

“I could talk about David for a long time but I would like to talk about these three extraordinary people who, out of incredible adversity – losing a son, a brother – have gone on to do what they have done… raising money, planting a tree to keep David’s name alive and through all that, everyday helping others. So, I would like to pay tribute to them and say thank you. David would have been extremely proud, as are we, of everything you have achieved.”

3.jpegGerry McGregor, who runs Help for Heroes’ fellowship network in Scotland, said: “It is amazing what you have done as a family to carry on David’s legacy. I am so lucky as I get to see the difference it makes to veterans’ lives every single day – we could not do what we do without you, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of all the veterans we support in Scotland.”

David’s mother Libby told guests at the ceremony how her son had expressed his desire to work with veterans after he left the army and how she felt he would be pleased that he was now helping them, through the memorial fund set up in his name. Mrs Seath plans to return to Phoenix House and teach veterans how to make jelly using the apples from the tree as part of their recovery. 

Gary Seath, who founded the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund in his brother’s memory, said: “The funds raised in David’s name will be used to support Scottish veterans in their recovery, including taking part in wide range of sporting, creative and vocational courses as well as receive mental health support and general respite from the day-to-day chaos of life. 

“Help for Heroes staff are also on the ground establishing a programme of regular social, sporting and learning activities in across Scotland as a means to build communities of solidarity and support. Most importantly, whether at Phoenix House or by attending events within their local community, members are accessing a holistic recovery programme which focuses on peer-on-peer support; reinforcing the charity’s ethos that those who serve together deserve to recover together.

4.jpeg“It is a wonderful, fitting tribute that personnel, veterans and their families will now have an opportunity to stop and reflect at David’s memorial stone at Phoenix House. I hope David’s legacy and Commando ethos serves to encourage and inspire recovery through sport, creativity and education, within the walls of what is a very special place, reinforced by a special bond of camaraderie and solidarity.”

The granite plaque was donated by Fife stonemasons WL Watsons & Sons of St Andrews. The company have made two other commemorative plaques, installed at David’s former base RM Condor, Arbroath and at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge.

More information on the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund at https://captainseathmemorialfund.blog/

The captaindavidseathmemorialfund raises money as a means to support over eight hundred personnel, veterans and their families across Scotland, through helpforheroes’ Fellowship Programme. One way in which funds have been used is to run regular arttherapy workshops and the artwork, pottery, poetry and photography produced will showcase at Edinburgh Napier University’s historic Craiglockhart Campus, from 19-22 November 2019.

Book tickets for the launch event on the evening of Tuesday 19 November: https://bit.ly/2Ow41NA

Creative Force - Donations to Reception Poster (1)Help for Heores’ Creative Force Scotland Exhibition will showcase how the artists have used creativity to explore and express their emotions as part of their ongoing recovery from physical and psychological injuries. This #event provides a wonderful opportunity to view the art and engage with the artists at the site where World War One Officers, including Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, were also encouraged to explore creativity as a means to alleviate the symptoms of Neurasthenia (shell shock) at Craiglockhart Military Hospital.

Supporters of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund are warmly invited to attend the reception evening, which will be held at Edinburgh Napier University’s historic Craiglockhart Campus on the evening of Tuesday 19 November 2019 (please click this link to attend the event).

This event provides a wonderful opportunity to view the art and engage with the artists at the site where World War One Officers, including Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, were also encouraged to explore creativity as a means to alleviate the symptoms of Neurasthenia (shell shock) at Craiglockhart Military Hospital.

18:30 – Arrival and canapés
19:00 – Welcome
19:15 – Short performance by Stand Easy Productions
19:30-20:30 – View the exhibition and meet the artists.

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Calling all quizzy rascals! Put the January blues to one side and book your team for our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Pub Quiz!

Friday 31 January 2020

Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline, KY12 7TU

Book Tickets: https://bit.ly/31OAqCL

Assemble your team of six colleagues, friends or family for eight rounds of mind-teasing questions on sports, film, television and general knowledge as wel as our famous picture rounds. We will also provide a wonderful haggis supper as well as sweet and savoury snacks.

The funds raised will ensure our work will continue through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund which supports over 800 personnel, veterans and their families across Scotland, through Help for Heroes Fellowship Programme.

What do you need to do!? Simply book six tickets and we will keep you updated as we move closer towards the event in January. For further information, please contact gary.seath@outlook.com.

We are delighted to announce that our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day has raised over £2500, which will be used to support over 800 personnel, veterans and their families in communities across Scotland, through Help for Heroes Fellowship Programme.

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day warmly welcomed eighteen teams of golfers, who competed in a team stableford competition on the renowned Championship Course at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, which has hosted both the Seniors Open and Solheim Cup.

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Inspired by the thought of walking in the footsteps of golfing legends, including Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Sam Torrance, our teams gallantly took on the long and daunting fairways which rewarded both the cautious and bold within the party.

Despite the challenging breeze, there were a number of impressive performances on the day and our great friends from Yellow Cafe proved victorious, who scored an incredible 95 stableford points.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed supporting the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day; it’s been a great day out at a fantastic venue but, most importantly, it’s fantastic to know what an amazing impact the fundraising has made in supporting veterans.”

Most importantly, the funds raised will ensure David’s legacy continues, through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund; a legacy which has now raised over £298,000.

Funds have previously been used to support 148 beneficiaries through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) as a means to support structured recovery pathways concerning life-changing physical and psychological wounds.

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Funds are now used to support over 800 personnel, veterans and their families in communities across Scotland, through Help for Heroes Fellowship Programme, as a means to build networks of support and solidarity at a local level.

Help for Heroes Fellowship Programme enables wounded, injured and sick personnel and veterans, as well as their families, to access life-long support through regular social, sporting, creative and educational activities across Scotland.

The Fellowship Programme also provides support concerning mental heath, employment, welfare and financial matters as well as opportunities to visit Phoenix House, Help for Heroes’ Recovery Centre, which is located in North Yorkshire.

Gary Seath said:

“Today has proven another wonderful day in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund and our sincere thanks to all who attended our golf day at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club.

“What’s very special about our golf day is that it welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities and, although there it is a tournament, everyone who attends is, first and foremost there to support David’s legacy.

“All funds raised, through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, are now used to support Help for Heroes Fellowship Programme in Scotland and it’s very important to communicate the positive impact our fundraising makes at a local level.

This was something which resonated considerably on the day and attendees left Dalmahoy with a real spring in their step confident in the knowledge how greatly appreciative we are of the support as well as the positive impact David’s legacy has and continues to make supporting personal, veterans and their families.”

Help for Heroes elite athlete, Invictus Games medallist and BBC sports presenter, JJ Chalmers, recorded a special message of thanks to supporters of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day.

As a Help for Heroes elite athlete and Invictus Games medallist, former Marine, JJ Chalmers has rebuilt his life following life-changing physical wounds suffered as a result of an IED Blast in Afghanistan.

JJ is also a member of Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme, who kindly recorded this message of thanks.

For further information about next year’s golf day event, please contact gary.seath@outlook.com

Help for Heroes elite athlete, Invictus Games medallist and BBC sports presenter, JJ Chalmers, has recorded a special message of thanks to supporters of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day.

The fund was established following Captain David Seath’s tragic death, who was running the London Marathon in support of Help for Heroes.

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £298,000 which has been used to support personnel, veterans and their families in David’s name, through Help for Heroes.

Funds were previously used to support 148 beneficiaries through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) as a means to support structured recovery pathways concerning life-changing physical and psychological wounds.

Funds are now uses to support over 800 personnel, veterans and their families in communities across Scotland, through Help for Heroes Fellowship Programme, as a means to build networks of support and solidarity at a local level.

As a Help for Heroes elite athlete and Invictus Games medallist, former Marine, JJ Chalmers has rebuilt his life following life-changing physical wounds suffered as a result of an IED Blast in Afghanistan.

JJ is also a member of Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme, who kindly recorded this message of thanks.

 

Join us at Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club on Friday 06 September for the #helpforheroes #CaptainDavidSeathMemorialFund #golfday and help us support over eight hundred personnel, veterans and their families across Scotland. The submission deadline for team entries is Friday 16 August 2019! Book your team here https://bit.ly/2Ghaysy or send an email to gary.seath@outlook.com

You don’t need a formal handicap or, indeed, be a seasoned competitor to participate, as George and Alisdair illustrate below! Our golf day is simply about warmly welcoming teams of friends, colleagues and family along for a great day’s #golf in support of David’s legacy.

View our video from last year’s event below.

Our golf day welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities! Let George and Alisdair illustrate that for you below!

Our event warmly welcomes teams from the Armed Forces community as well as well as teams of family, friends and colleagues.

 

We are delighted to announce that the #CDSMF50KChallenge has raised over £1500 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. 

Gary Seath, Wade Cormack, Ben Waite, Kirsty Gray, Ali Dourley, Nicky Freedman and Kathy Henly successfully completed ten park run routes across central Scotland, which equates to an incredible 50 kilometres (31.6 miles) in one day. An estimated one hundred runners joined the team throughout the day at the various Park Run routes.

The funds which have been raised in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund will provide social, sporting and learning activities, support, camaraderie and a wide range of opportunities to almost eight hundred veterans and their families and carers across Scotland through Help for Heroes Fellowship programme.  

Gary Seath said:

“The #CDSMF50KChallenge proved a truly memorable day and I am sincerely grateful to the commitment and dedication our running and logistical support teams demonstrated throughout the nineteen hours.

“We began with what I can only describe as the most tranquil experience ever; I will never forget that particular run in Cramond watching a beautiful sunrise developing across the River Forth and the waves gently rippling against the sea wall, amidst the gentle hue of early morning. I think we all agreed it was a really spiritual moment which set us up for the day ahead. 

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“We were buoyed on further as we learned a number of inspirational individuals who joined us at Cramond had decided to join us for the duration, most of whom had ran the 2016 London Marathon on the day David tragically died and had, in actual fact, ran passed him, which was very emotional and poignant to reflect upon so early in the day. It’s difficult to find the words to describe how you feel when there’s a commitment to your brother’s legacy in a manner like that. However, their support was greatly appreciated and, in my book, they are all heroes and, indeed, heroines.

Following the initial phase at Cramond, the team completed park run routes at Portobello Meadowmill, Vogrie, Livingston, Falkirk, Loch Leven, Lochore Meadows, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.

Gary Seath continues:

“The weather proved tremendous and we were blessed with stunning scenery throughout the day and it was a real joy to run such a contrast of urban parklands, manor estates, woodland and country parks. What truly blew us away was the support we received from so many runners who joined us at the various park runs, many of whom decided to join us for several more of the phases. We simply cannot thank everyone enough for their support, passion for our cause and generous donations.

The overall success of the event often overshadows the invaluable contributions of those behind the scenes and, in this case, we are determined that this does not happen.

Gary contines:

“Our running and logistical teams deserve huge praise with regards to the dedication, endurance and commitment demonstrated over a period of nineteen hours and ten park run routes. Throughout the day, the team spirit was fantastic and, despite not having met a number of our team until the day itself,  rapport was easily established along the way, through humour, solidarity and a real focus on the objective. Both Naomi Waite and Alison Skinner also played such a very important role behind the scenes, who ensured our running team was transported and well looked after throughout the day as well as undertaking group photo coordination for social media (no mean feat, I assure you!).

“A special note of sincere thanks must, of course, go to Ben and Wade, who have selflessly committed themselves to this specific challenge event and, indeed, David’s legacy over the past six months. The guys have a wealth of running experience, knowledge and contacts within Park Run circles which proved vital with regards to how we assessed, managed and, ultimately, completed the challenge. Without their contribution, the event would not have been as successful, it’s as simple as that.

“A further detail which many won’t be aware of is the generosity of Loch Leven’s Larder, who generously paid for lunch for the entire team, prior to taking on Loch Leven park Run phase. An exceptional gesture and greatly appreciated by everyone, considering how ready were ready for some proper sustenance. A further note of thanks must go to all Park Run Directors and runners, who gave up their Friday morning, noon and evening to ensure we did not run further than we had to. In addition, your words of support and generosity kept us going throughout the day.”

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“This entire experience has highlighted the true power of community spirit, determination and selfless commitment. Our #CDSMF50KChallenge served to bring runners, veterans, friends and family together in support of David’s legacy in such a unique way. I previously said it would be essential that we embody the commando spirit in the same way David did as an Officer in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery as a means to complete this task; I think we certainly did that and proved what dedication, commitment and resilience as well as community spirit can accomplish.”

You can still donate in support of our #CDSMF50KChallenge here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cdsmflongestday50k

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