Captain david seath memorial salver winner announced

We are delighted to announce that Lawrence Torres has won the Captain David Seath Memorial Endeavour Salver, which was awarded as part of St Margaret’s RC Primary School’s ‘Class of 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony’.

The theme of endeavour proved the common thread throughout the ceremony, which celebrated the incredible resilience of its primary seven pupils, who continued to grow in confidence and flourish during the most unprecedented of times.

The personal qualities of resilience, dedication and leadership were at the core of the Commando ethos which former pupil, Captain David Seath, demonstrated to the men and women under his command to set the standard for others to follow.

St Margarets RC Primary School have established this memorial salver award to recognise and celebrate the spirit of Captain David Seath’s commando ethos in young people, who show the aforementioned qualities to aspire toward positive futures.

The award was presented during the virtual ceremony by Libby Seath, who said:

“This award recognises someone who has worked hard and has shown dedication and perseverance to strive towards doing their very best. Whats more, the award recognises kindness, compassion, dependability and leadership. I am delighted to have presented this award to Lawrence, which is richly deserved and we wish him the very best in the future.”

Show your support for armed forces day

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support to the UK Armed Forces community.

Armed Forces Day is about recognising the courage, dedication and commitment of our UK Armed Forces who defend the United Kingdom and its interests overseas. Right now, personnel are operating around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smuggling, providing security and fighting terrorism.

Armed Forces Day is also about recognising the importance of family, community and the variety of military charities who are supporting our serving personnel or ensuring the life-long support needs of veterans and their families are met across the United Kingdom.

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was established following David’s tragic death running the 2016 London Marathon and funds continue to be raised in his name to support serving 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 two hundred 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.

We hope you will consider showing your support for our work by making a small donation, which will enable us to continue to support serving personnel and veterans during these unprecedented times.

Community comes out in force to support virtual 5K in support of legacy for Captain Seath

We offer our sincere gratitude to one hundred and fifty of our wonderful supporters who completed a virtual 5K this weekend, raising an incredible £1400.00 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

We were blessed with wonderful weather and it was fantastic to see so many supporters get back together with friends and family after so long apart to catch up, reflect on unprecedented times and support David’s legacy.

Inclusion has always been at the core of our 5K fundraising event, and it was great to see runners, cyclists and walkers, of all ages and abilities, who took to the streets, parks, beaches and woodlands of our local communities of Fife to Western Australia.

The added flexibility of virtual also meant supporters could complete their activity at a time which suited them throughout the weekend and it provided scope to introduce further activities into the mix, such as kayaking and golf.

Craig Letton, who studied with David at Aberdeen University, said:

“We all really liked the virtual approach with the freedom to do what activity we wanted and the donation process via Eventbrite was easy. I think this is a good format that works really well and enables so many to support David’s legacy.”

The weekend proved very poignant for our family as well as many friends and former colleagues within the Armed Forces community, as it marked five years since David tragically died running the Virgin London Marathon.

David was running for the charity, Help for Heroes, and the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was established to continue raising funds in his name, which supports personnel, veterans and their families through the charity.

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.

Despite optimism concerning the transition out of lockdown restrictions, virtual sessions will remain in place for the time being and funds raised through our virtual 5K will continue to support veterans and their families, via virtual means.

Virtual fundraising has continued to bring so many from within our local community of Dunfermline and beyond together, who generously support David’s legacy, many of whom have served within the British Armed Forces.

Steve Allwood resides in Dunfermline, who served in the Royal Navy and was aboard the HMS Sheffield when it was hit and sunk by Argentinean Air Force during the Falklands War in 1982.

“We will continue supporting the fundraising ran by the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. Gary and his family are doing an outstanding job in continuing to raise funds for veterans and even more so during these strange times.”

Gary Seath said:

“We are incredibly grateful to all of our wonderful supporters who very kindly completed a virtual 5K this weekend in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. The support we received this weekend meant a lot to our family as we mark five years since David tragically died running the London Marathon and the establishment of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

“It is clear the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a profound affect on how the third sector continues to raise funds as well as present unique challenges to adapt and respond effectively to continue supporting the needs of beneficiaries. Virtual services has proved critical during these unprecedented times, which have served to reduce isolation and ensure veterans and their families remain connected with one another and the team at Help for Heroes over the past year.

“It’s been a journey of poignant sorrow, unceasing effort and incredible life-changing moments for so many, who have collectively raised over £320,000.00 to support personnel, veterans and their families, through Help for Heroes. A decision was made at 4am in a London hotel to attempt to establish a legacy for David. The kindness, commitment and compassion of so many has led to its realisation and so much more than any one could ever have imagined.”

Thank you for five years of support!

Today, we mark five years since David tragically died running the London Marathon and the establishment of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. It’s been a journey of poignant sorrow, unceasing effort and incredible life-changing moments for so many, who have collectively raised over £320,000.00 to support personnel, veterans and their families, through Help for Heroes.

Human expression offers no adequate outlet for the gratitude we wish to express to everyone who has so generously supported David’s legacy over the past five years. A decision was made at 4am in a London hotel to attempt to establish a legacy for David. The kindness, commitment and compassion of so many has led to its realisation and so much more than any one could ever have imagined.

Thank you!

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David’s legacy continues supporting veterans and their families during COVID-19

We are delighted to inform supporters that funds raised, through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, has supported Help for Heroes deliver over one hundred and sixty virtual sessions to veterans and their families, during COVID-19.

Virtual sessions were launched in response to COVID restrictions imposed last year, which have continued to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and their families across Scotland as restrictions have remained in place.

Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses at times when faced with uncertainty and it is understandable that many veterans and their families are experiencing many additional challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Added to the fear of contracting COVID-19 are the significant changes to daily routine and restricted movement imposed to contain and slow down the spread of the virus, which, ultimately, has reduced contact time with charities like Help for Heroes.

Therefore, at least three virtual sessions have been delivered on a weekly basis, which have provided a variety of themed and social get togethers for veterans and their families to get involved in activities and engage with the staff members within Help for Heroes.

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.

Despite optimism concerning the transition out of lockdown restrictions, virtual sessions will remain in place for the time being and David’s legacy will continue to support veterans and their families, via virtual means.

Gary Seath said:

“It is clear the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a profound affect on how the third sector continues to raise funds as well as present unique challenges to adapt and respond effectively to continue supporting the needs of beneficiaries.

“Virtual services has proved critical during these unprecedented times, which have served to reduce isolation and ensure veterans and their families remain connected with one another and the team at Help for Heroes over the past year.

“It’s wonderful that David’s legacy has played a significant role in supporting veterans and their families engage in a wide variety of virtual activities as a means to support mental health and wellbeing during these very challenging times.”

Donate in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund

Run, walk, cycle or swim a virtual 5K anywhere and anytime on Sunday 25 April, in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Run, walk, cycle or swim a virtual 5K anywhere and anytime on Sunday 25 April, in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Your participation will ensure that now, more than ever, David’s legacy will continue to support veterans and their families, through Help for Heroes.

There’s no need for a Just Giving page, simply an £8 participation fee and it would be great to see you share your pics using our social media handles on the day.

Thinking about improving your fitness?

The evenings are starting to get lighter and now is the perfect time to start thinking about working towards achieving your fitness goals through our Virtual 5K.

Already into your fitness?

If you’re already well into your fitness, why not challenge yourself to work towards achieving a PB on top of your donation, through our virtual 5K.

No matter your motivation, keep in touch us and share your story: gary.seath@outlook.com

Thank you for thinking about supporting the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Show us some love this February!

Show the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund some love this month by entering the #easyfundraising Valentine’s Giveaway, which could win us a £500 donation! ♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹For a FREE entry, all you have to do is visit the competition page and click any of the listed retailers to buy a wee gift for that someone special in your life! This would make a BIG difference to us during this difficult time, so please take a moment to get involved!

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Endeavour ethos of former pupil Captain Seath lives on through school award

An annual award, established to recognise the endeavour ethos of former pupil, Captain David Seath has announced its latest winner, Amy Stewart.

The Endeavour Award reflects the ethos demonstrated by Captain David Seath as an Officer of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, including commitment, dedication, leadership and resilience.

“The establishment of the award was to encompass David’s qualities encapsulated in the testimonials and hundreds of messages and cards at the time of his tragic death as well as reinforce David’s leadership ethos to future generations.

“Amy is our fourth recipient of the Endeavour Award and, like Ciara O’Hara, Michael Doherty and John Fleming, I am confident she will build upon her positive experiences in secondary school to build a very bright, promising future.”

This year takes on added significance as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and many pupils were considered, who demonstrated considerable resilience and determination to achieve desired grades and move on to positive destinations, such as further study.

This year’s winner, Amy Stewart,  from Rosyth, was nominated having demonstrated the endeavour ethos by taking a leading role in fundraising as part of the school’s Rotary Interact Group as well as and commitment to her studies and progression to further study. 

“During my time at St. Columba’s I always loved being a member of the Rotary Interact Group where we organised events raising money for local charities. In my final year at the school I became one of the leaders of the club and as a group we managed to arrange many different events for charities before the schools shut due to covid. 

“When the school closed I felt worried about what was going to come next with exams and the leavers activities that we had planned. Of course none of those things went ahead which had been a damper on the end of my high school experience. 

“However after receiving this award I felt much more fulfilled and confident in my role within the school and the wider community, and now I have progressed to Queen Margret University to become a primary school teacher, which has been a life long dream of mine.”

Support David’s Fund through your Christmas Shopping

Starting your christmas shopping this weekend? Why not shop online through EasyFundraising.com and help generate donations in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Over 4,300 shops and sites will donate to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund at no extra cost to you – so you can raise donations when you buy gifts, decorations, your festive food shopping or anything else! 

Simply choose our cause and get shopping!

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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