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.

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#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

Online yogathon session stretches 2.6 Challenge campaign total in support of David’s Legacy

On Sunday 24 April, Elizabeth Seath, the mother of Captain David Seath, delivered an online Yogathon session, via Zoom in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, as part of the #2.6Challenge.

The session focused on completing 26 rounds of Surya Namaskar, a strenuous yoga sequence. The sequence is a sun salutation and incorporates a sequence of some twelve gracefully linked asanas.

The asana sequence originated in the Hatha Yoga tradition on 9th century in India. The basic sequence involves moving from a standing position into Downward and Upward Dog poses and then back to the standing position, but many variations are possible. The set of 12 asanas is dedicated to the vedic-hindu solar deity Surya.

Elizabeth Seath said:

“I am delighted that on Sunday 26th April, 20 yoga students and teachers came together to complete 26 rounds of Surya Namaskar, a strenuous yoga sequence, in David’s memory. This was fitting, as I had finally convinced David that yoga would be a good accompaniment to all his rigorous Army Commando training! As well as contributing to David’s legacy, in supporting veterans, participants all achieved a personal sense of achievement, commenting on how proud and inspired they felt. I am forever grateful for the love and support of my yogi friends and colleagues and I know David would be so proud of us continuing what he started in supporting men and women who gave so much for us.”

Frances Turner, who joined in the Yogathon through the digital platform, Zoom, said:

“I just want to say that I really enjoyed Sunday.  I will do anything to support Libby as she does me and all the other yogies and I will continue to support the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund in every way I can. There’s more to come… We are planning our BIG yogathon but unfortunately due to this virus it has put on hold but never mind it will be bigger and better when the  time comes.”

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

Please follow this link to make a donation in support of the campaign: https://bit.ly/2W5C3KF

Our sincere thanks for ensuring David’s legacy continues, four years on

2Today, we commemorate four years since David’s tragic passing, who ran the London Marathon in support of the charity, Help for Heroes, and collapsed 3.2 miles from the finish. Since then, the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has successfully raised over £310,000.00 in support of personnel, veterans and their families, through Help for Heroes.

As a family, we extend our sincere gratitude to all who have so generously donated funds during this time, via Just-Giving. In addition, we also wish to recognise the considerable number of individuals, community groups and businesses who attend our annual fundraising events and have organised fundraising activities in support of David’s legacy during this time.

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Our annual fundraising events, alongside community and challenge fundraising activities conducted over the past four years, has raised over £100,000.00 which, given the size and stature of our cause, is incredible and testament to the generosity, commitment and dedication of those who support our work within the UK and overseas.

Given the fact we are living within unprecedented times, concerning the Covid-19 Pandemic, it remains unclear when we will resume our fundraising operations. However, you can get involved with the 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26 April and raise money in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Here’s how to get involved: https://bit.ly/3awrfdI

Alternatively, donations can still be made via our Just Giving page: https://bit.ly/2zm7Cby

Andy WilmerIn closing, we extend our sincere gratitude to all who have supported David’s legacy. When the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was established, we had no idea where the journey would take us and we are delighted that so many have so kindly decided to join us along the way to achieve what is an incredible milestone.

It is clear that the funds we have raised have been used to make a huge impact with regard to rebuilding the lives of so many personnel, veterans and their families, many of whom have encountered life-changing physical and psychological wounds.

We warmly invite you to read some of our beneficiary stories here: https://bit.ly/2VYkJYe

Recent research has indicated that seven personnel are medically discharged from the Armed Forces every single day and that mental and behavioural disorders are the second most common. On average, it takes four years for an ex-serviceman or woman to take the first step towards accessing support. No matter when that ex-serviceman or woman takes that first step, your support ensures that the structure and mechanisms behind a holistic programme of recovery are in place.

We look forward to sharing news concerning our rearranged fundraising events shortly.

In the meantime, stay at home, keep safe and save lives.

Get involved and support David’s legacy through the 2.6 Challenge

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Last month we sadly postponed our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K which was scheduled for Sunday 26 April, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities.

Therefore, given we will commemorate four years since David’s tragic passing on Sunday, we are delighted to announce that you can participate in the 2.6 Challenge and raise funds in support of personal, veterans and their families across Scotland, through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund/Help for Heroes.

Here’s what you need to know; 


What is The 2.6 Challenge?

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April. This should have been the date of the London Marathon, but like many other fundraising events it has been postponed to later in the year due to Coronavirus. In response, we are working with mass participation event organisers to encourage people to take part in The 2.6 Challenge on that date instead!

All that people need to do is think of an activity that suits their skills based around the number 2.6 or 26 – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless! 
The campaign is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

Setting up a Just Giving Page in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund

Ok, so you’ve decided what you’re doing to do; whether that may be a 2.6km run, a 26 question quiz or 26 minute group workout on Zoom…

It’s very easy to get up and running; simply set up a Just Giving page and then link it to our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Team Page on Just Giving, then you’re good to go and promote your fundraising!

Alternatively, you may wish to simply participate in the 2.6 Challenge and make a donation to our cause:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/captain-david-seath-memorial-fund

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

 

Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K Run/Walk Postponed to Sunday 04 October 2020

Dear Supporters,

Given the recent developments concerning the outbreak and subsequent measures to reduce the spread of #coronavirus, we have taken the decision to postpone our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K Run/Walk #fundraising #event until Sunday 04 October, which will coincide with the rescheduled London Marathon.

As a result of the continual, evolving situation concerning COVID-19, we will continue to monitor the situation, in partnership with Fife Council, as a means to remain consistent with measures taken across the country in the interests of public safety.

#TeamCaptainSeath

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Trish’s epic endurance race challenge raises over £1200 in Support of David’s legacy

We are sincerely grateful to Trish Patterson who successfully completed the MONTANE®Spine® Race, raising an incredible £1200 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, a challenge which involved covering an epic 268 miles across the most demanding national trails in Britain, over six days.

IMG_1365The 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.

Trish, who served with David in Afghanistan with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners), has written a very emotive piece concerning her Montaine Spine Race experience and raising funds for the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. Read Trish’s incredible story here: https://adobe.ly/36VOmfW

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/patricia-pattersonspinerace

If you would like to take on a fundraising challenge event in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, please contact gary.seath@outlook.com

 

David’s legacy supports veteran, Andy Wilmer, gain civilian qualifications

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.

Andy Wilmer“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

Former SAS Soldier Colin MacLachlan to deliver keynote speech at David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day

Colin McClachlanIt was an honour and privilege to meet Colin Maclachlan today whom, I am delighted to announce, has very kindly accepted our invitation to deliver a guest speech for our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Dolf Day, which will take place at Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club on Friday 11 September 2020. 

Learn more about our golf day #fundraising #eventhttps://bit.ly/2FW4xyI

Colin is a former SAS soldier with over 25 years of security and risk related experience, best known for appearing in Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS. Colin was involved in some of the most high profile and daring SAS missions in recent time. Only a handful of men have been involved in hostage negotiations, hostage rescue and been a hostage themselves and Colin is one of them.

On one mission, Colin waded through swamps in Sierra Leone to hunt down the ‘West Side Boys‘, a guerrilla gang holding 11 British soldiers hostage. It was a mission so dangerous they nicknamed it ‘Operation Certain Death’ – it’s real name was Operation Barras. The SAS teams secured the hostages’ building and neutralised any West Side Boys.

Maclachlan was also the first sniper on the scene when a hijacked flight with 180 passengers landed at Stansted. Sparking a four-day stand-off, it was the longest standing hostage siege on UK soil to date. Four years later, Colin found himself on the other side of a rescue mission after he was taken hostage in Basra. Blindfolded, battered and stripped naked, he had a gun pressed to his head and the trigger pulled, as his captors held mock executions. Colin only survived long enough for British troops to rescue him because the terrorists wanted to film his suffering in a propaganda video before they executed him.

Colin left the SAS shortly after completing an exchange programme with Delta Force and Seal Team 6, and has since provided security consultancy for the Saudi Royal Family, Celebrities and US Media Networks.

Colin is also a published author, ambassador and public speaker who founded the charity ‘Who Dares Cares’ which works with people, from all walks of life, living with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.