Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Virtual 5K Raises Much Needed funds for Help for Heroes

We are delighted to announce that our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Virtual 5K fundraising event has raised over £700 in support of veterans and their families across Scotland, through Help for Heroes.

Over one-hundred and thirty of our inspirational supporters ventured out into changeable autumn conditions and completed a wide range of 5K-themed activities, which included running, walking, rowing, cycling, yoga, dog-walking and hula-hooping.

The funds raised will be used to support personnel, veterans and their families in communities across Scotland, through Help for Heroes, who last week announced plans to restructure in response to the challenges faced as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Alice Fox, who completed a virtual 5K walk with her parents, said:

“The Seath family happened to live down the road from me in Fife and last year we did the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K in Pittencrieff Park. However, as with most situations the year, we’ve had to adapt and I completed the virtual 5K in Stirling, whilst my parents did the same in Fife. It’s a brilliant cause and we’re so glad to be able to contribute.”

Gary Seath said:

“We are overwhelmed by the incredible level of engagement and sincerely grateful to our wonderful supporters who, once again, have gone above and beyond wth regard to supporting David’s legacy, through our virtual 5K fundraising event.

“It is clear the Covid-19 Pandemic has had a devastating impact on the charity sector and Help for Heroes have announced plans to restructure as a means to ensure their promise of life-long support to the UK armed forces continue remains intact.

“Having experienced a devastating loss of fundraising income, Help for Heroes have faced a 33% rise in new cases coming forward for support during the Covid-19 pandemic who have responded through a combination of community-facing and virtual support.

“Any fundraising we can undertake during these challenging times is essential to support Help for Heroes continue to adapt and respond to meeting the support needs of personnel, veterans and their families during these unprecedented times.

“Virtual fundraising may prove a vital medium for some time to come and we will endeavour to ensure David’s legacy continues, supporting those whom he cared most passionately about, through Help for Heroes.”

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £320,000.00 which has been used to support personnel, veterans and their families across Scotland, through Help for Heroes.

David’s fund organises an annual 5K run/walk, golf day and pub quiz in support of David’s legacy as well as support individuals, community groups and local business take on challenge events and organise fundraising events.

For further information, please contact: gary.seath@outlook.com

Tune in to BFBS Scotland and listen to our virtual 5K interview

It was a pleasure to speak with Jim Gellatly from BFBS Scotland this morning about our forthcoming Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Virtual 5K Fundraising Event, in support of Help for Heroes. Tune in to Jim’s breakfast show tomorrow morning (Wed 04 Oct) from 9am to hear our pre-recorded interview: https://bit.ly/30kcMPM

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Now, more than ever, your fundraising support is required

Our nominated charity, Help for Heroes, like many charities at the moment, are experiencing considerable challenges during these unprecedented times. Many difficult decisions have had to be made, including potential redundancies and continued closure of recovery centres across the UK. Veterans and their families continue to receive vital support from Help for Heroes, via digital means, however, it is clear, more than ever, our fundraising is required to ensure their work continues, both now and in the future.

We warmly invite you to consider participating in our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Virtual 5K Fundraising event on Sunday 04 October. It’s simply £5 to take part and it will make a huge difference to supporting veterans and their families across Scotland, through Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme.

Sign Up: https://bit.ly/3cw0M2M

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Musicians from across the world invited to unite in virtual statement of remembrance

We are very proud to have supported a number of wonderful remembrance initiatives and would like to raise awareness of the #iSing4Peace Project.

Musicians, of all ages and abilities, from across the world will unite, via virtual means, to participate in what will prove a truly remarkable statement of remembrance in November.

Learn more and get involved: https://bit.ly/33uFSge

#Remembrance | #Singing | #Music | #Partnerships | #GlobalOrchestra | #Virtual | #Technology

World Suicide Prevention Day

One suicide is too many.

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund supports Help for Heroes deliver vital support to personnel, veterans and their families, which has served to save and rebuild so many lives across the UK. Tragically, there are still veterans out there who don’t find an alternative to suicide. Should you know anyone who may need support, Help for Heroes’ Stronger Together Project is providing vital mental health support during these unprecedented times.

➡️ https://bit.ly/3hhpS63

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay | #Veterans | #StrongerTogether

Help for Heroes Step 2 IT fundraising campaign launched in response to COVID-19 impact

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Military #veterans are calling on the UK to #walk every day for a month, after a study showed many #veterans are losing out on the perceived benefits of #exercise in the #COVID-19 lockdown. Step 2 It requires sponsored participants to walk 10,000 steps every day or 30 days, part of a #fundraising scheme set up by Help for Heroes Official. It follows a survey conducted by the military charity early this year, which raised concerns over the amount of exercise the forces #community is getting during lockdown.
 

Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day rescheduled to September 2021

IMG_6774We are deeply disappointed to announce that we have decided to postpone our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day, which was planned for Friday 11 September 2020.

The circumstances concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic has proven a significant factor behind our decision, as well as the uncertainly as to when Dalmahoy Hotel and Country will choose to fully reopen.

However, we are delighted to confirm that our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day will return next year and will take place on Friday 24 September 2021.

Book tickets for our Golf Day here: https://bit.ly/2Vnd8CW

#StaySafe

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

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During these unprecedented times, it’s important to check-in with friends and family as well as reflect on our own state of mind. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek aims to get people talking about #MentalHealth and remove the stigma which can stop some talking the brave first step towards receiving vital support.

Thanks to your continued support, The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund remains committed to supporting the positive health and well-being of personnel, #veterans of their families in communities across Scotland, through #HelpforHeroes #FellowshipProgramme.

#KindnessMatters

Kindness, therefore, is not just an emotion, but is defined by our actions. These acts of kindness do not have to be grand gestures. Listening to and being with someone as they talk about a bad day, holding the door for someone who has their arms full, or being accepting towards those around us can all be acts of kindness.  However, it is important to note that kindness also  involves the perception of others , in that an action we intend to be kind or helpful may not always be perceived by the recipient in that way.  It has been proposed that kindness has three main facets: considering the feelings of others, having everyday acceptance, courtesy and love towards others and behaving honourably towards them.

Kindness is also closely related to compassion and altruism.  Altruism refers to an action that provides a benefit to someone else but at a cost, or no benefit, to oneself. Therefore, many acts of kindness will also be examples of altruism. Compassion is similar to kindness in that it involves feeling empathy and a desire to help, but specifically in the context of the suffering, hardship or distress of others and so acts of kindness in difficult times may often come from a place of compassion.

#StaySafe

#2.6Challenge Fundraising Campaign raises over £2000 in support of David’s Legacy

We are delighted to announce that over £2000 has been raised in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, through the #2.6Challenge #fundraising #campaign.

The funds have been raised by inspirational individuals who have participated in a wide range of #2.6Challenge-themed fundraising initiatives across the UK and overseas, who have utilised technology as well as social-distanced activities as a means to support David’s #legacy.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country came together to create the #2.6Challenge campaign to raise vital funds to help to support UK charities.

Thanks to the fundraising carried out during the #2.6ChallengeCampaign, which has included yoga, running, walking, cycling, circuit training, trampolining and quizzing, David’s legacy has now raised over £310,000.00. The funds raised through the campaign will be used to support over 800 personnel, veterans and their families across Scotland, through Help for Heroes’ Fellowship programme.

Gary Seath, who ran a quadruple 2.6km run in support the campaign, said:

“The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund is committed to supporting personnel, veterans and family, across Scotland, through Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme, during the most unprecedented times. It was very disappointing to have cancelled our 5K fundraising event, however, we fully appreciated the measures taken by the Government as a means to control the spread of the Coronavirus, save lives and protect the NHS. 

“However, the 2.6 challenge presented an opportunity to instil a sense of continuity and continue raise funds during what is proving an incredibly challenging time within the charity sector as well as a very poignant time for our family. We have been overwhelmed by the fundraising which has been carried out in support of David’s legacy, through the #2.6ChallengeCampaign and we offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has participated.

“This weekend also provided pause for reflection as we commemorated four years since David’s tragic passing and to have raised over £310,000.00 is testament to dedication, commitment and generosity of those who support our cause within the UK and overseas. The situation at the moment remains very uncertain, however, we will continue to explore technological and socially-distanced, safe measures as a means raise funds in support of David’s legacy. 

“As a family is very important to continue to support those whom David cared most passionately about and, therefore, we will continue to ensure that personnel, veterans and their families receive the crucial life-long support required across Scotland during these incredibly challenging times.” 

A legacy which is inspiring a new generation of Armed Forces service

94882758_3295509330494528_1669780299958976512_nAnthony Walshe, who is David’s cousin, recently joined the RAF and completed a series of activities today in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, as part of the #2.6Challenge. Anthony completed a 2.6km run, followed by a body weight circuit session, which included 26 push-ups and sit-ups as well as a two minute, six second plank.
For Anthony, David’s career as an officer in 29 Commando Regiment RA has proved a considerable influence, concerning his decision to pursue a career within the Armed Forces.
“At the time of my cousins tragic death, I was still fairly young at the age of 15/16. I have always had the thought of joining the Armed Forces in the back of my mind. And it has only been in the last couple years where I have really been able to appreciate the greatness that my cousin truly achieved in the Armed Forces. Being the rank of Captain in the Army and was to indefinitely rise further up through the ranks in the near future.
“I remember talking to David about the Armed Forces and how I wanted to join the RAF. He also wanted to join the RAF to be a pilot he told me, however his eyesight let him down. This however did not stop him as he became hugely successful in his army career.
It saddens me not to be able to talk to him, now that I’m also part of the armed forces. His advice would be second to none and I could relate to him on a more personal level.
“Seeing all the things that he had achieved, the places he travelled, the respect that everyone had for him, really inspired me to follow in his footsteps down the military career path.
95369699_3295509490494512_78868432916840448_n“In memory of David’s Death, the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was set up, and has been excellently managed by his close family. With over £300,000 worth of donations, this money has been donated through Help For Heroes, which was David’s chosen charity. This helps to support wounded, injured and sick personnel as well as their families. This fund has helped over 800 personnel and their families so far, which has just been incredible!
“This is something that David would have been super proud of and everyone involved, whether that be donating, organising events, doing challenges etc.  Everyone should be immensely proud and should know that they have performed a great effort in continuing David’s Legacy.”
Donate in support of the CDSMF #2.6Challenge campaign: https://bit.ly/2W5C3KF