Bid for two tickets to the final day of the Scottish Open 2018

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Fancy going to the final round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open on Sunday!?

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has teamed up with it’s good friends at Lothians Veterans Centre to run a special auction for two day passes to the final round of the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club on Sunday 15 July 2018.

Tickets for the final round have just sold out, so simply place your bid (the current bid stands at £80) before the auction closes at 3pm on Saturday 14 July 2018. Tickets can be collected at the ticket office at Gullan Golf Club.

The proceeds will be divided between both causes.

 

To place your bid, contact gary.seath@outlook.com

MRM Brand conquer Tough Mudder Scotland raising over £1000 in support of David’s legacy

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Our sincere thanks to Craig Letton and his incredible team at MRM Brand, who completed #ToughMudderScotland last week, raising over £1000 in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

David was a close friend of MRM CEO Craig Letton and his wife Gemma. David and Craig studied Management together at the University of Aberdeen and formed a strong friendship through playing Lacrosse together for the Aberdeen University Lacrosse and for Scotland.

Craig said:

“As CEO of a marketing software company called MRM, I signed up my team to take part in Tough Mudder Scotland and chose to use this as an opportunity to  fund raise on behalf of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

 “I met David Seath in my 1st week staying at Crombie Halls at Aberdeen University. Both David and I were studying Management and had also recently joined the University Lacrosse team.

 “During my 4 years at Aberdeen, I spent a huge amount of time with David studying, partying, working out and playing lacrosse. As a result, we formed a very close relationship and we stayed in touch after leaving Aberdeen where David joined the military and I moved to England for work.

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” In 2016, David tragically died running the London Marathon and in his memory, his brother Gary setup the Captain Seath Memorial Fund which so far has supported over 250 personnel and veterans living with life changing physical injuries and PTSD through Help for Heroes.

” It is with great pride that all of the MRM team were able to complete the Tough Mudder course and were able to raise over £1,000 for the Captain Seath Memorial Fund. It’s great to know that David’s legacy continues to live on through the memorial fund and we were able to contribute to such a great cause.”

Gary Seath said:

We are incredibly grateful to Craig, Gemma and the team at MRM Brand for completing Tough Mudder Scotland in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. As a family, we are overwhelmed that so many of David’s friends, from his time at Aberdeen University, have come forward to raise money in support of his legacy, which demonstrates a real and lasting esprit de corps; something David valued very highly as an Officer in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

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“For Craig and the team to have raised over £1000 at a time when fundraising can prove challenging is an exceptional effort and, thanks to their efforts, our work with continue supporting personnel and veterans, living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma in David’s name, through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised £280,000 and provided over two-hundred and fifty welfare grants to personnel and veterans of the British Armed Forces living with life-changing physical injuries and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes, the charity David was running for that tragic day.

David’s memorial fund is making a huge and lasting difference to its beneficiaries. Every donation made in his memory is used to support Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) which provides specialist sports 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.

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

Sammy’s bake sale raises over four hundred pounds in support of David’s legacy

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Our sincere thanks to Sammy Fyfe, whose bake sale raised £440 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. The event was held at Carnock and Gowkhall Community Hall on Sunday 10 June 2018, which was well supported by the local community.

Sammy produced a delicious range of sweet and savoury baking for the event as well as homemade rhubarb jam. Guests also had the opportunity enter a raffle, which included a fantastic range of restaurant, activity  and beauty vouchers.

Sammy also set up a just giving page for those who could not attend on the day and our sincere thanks to everyone who donated in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Gary Seath said:

“We are delighted that Sammy’s bake sale has proved a huge success and very grateful for the considerable effort she has made with regards to baking a wonderful array of treats as well as promoting the event and The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.”

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised £280,000 and provided over two-hundred and fifty welfare grants to personnel and veterans of the British Armed Forces living with life-changing physical injuries and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes, the charity David was running for that tragic day.

David’s memorial fund is making a huge and lasting difference to its beneficiaries. Every donation made in his memory is used to support Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) which provides specialist sports 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.

Team Edinburgh Napier University Complete EMF2018 Marathon Relay support of David’s legacy

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We are delighted to announce that Team Edinburgh Napier University completed the #EMF2018 Marathon Relay in an incredible time of three hours and forty-five minutes. 

The team, who work together in Development and External Relations Department of the University, have raised over £400 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, which supports personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma in partnership with Help for Heroes.

The team, which included Ben Waite, Craig Shearer, Alan Bree and Gary Seath, generously nominated The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund as a result of working alongside Gary, who established the fund following the tragic death is brother of Captain David Seath (29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery), who died running the 2016 Virgin London Marathon.

Gary Seath said:

“Sunday proved a fantastic, memorable day and I am overwhelmed with regards to commitment and dedication the guys have demonstrated in terms of their preparations and application which, ultimately, has led to the fantastic finishing time. I am also very thankful my colleagues Leigh Dilks, Karen Goodman, Alison Punnet and Lucille Bluefield, who generously gave up their Sunday to support our efforts.

“It’s overwhelming when I think about what has been achieved through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund and the warmth and support I have received at Edinburgh Napier University as well as the fundraising initiated by colleagues is greatly appreciated by both my family and I.”

So far, the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has supported two hundred and fifty personnel and veterans living with life changing physical and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes, the charity Captain David Seath was running for during the 2016 London Marathon.

Alan, Ben and Craig said:

“It was great to get behind such a worthy cause and our participation was made only possible to a strong sense of team spirit as well as the support and encouragement of friends, family and colleagues at Edinburgh Napier University. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has made a donation in support of our efforts and look forward to taking on future marathon relay events as Team Edinburgh Napier University.”

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund is making a huge and lasting difference to its beneficiaries. Every donation made in his memory is used to support Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) which provides specialist sports 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.

If you wish to donate in support of Team Edinburgh Napier University’s efforts, please visit their Just Giving page: https://bit.ly/2J7aNHn

Jim Gallagher completes EMF2108 Marathon in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund

 

IMG_0652We are delighted to announce that Jim Gallagher completed the #EMF2018 Marathon in an incredible time of four hours and two minutes on Sunday 27 May 2018.

We are incredibly grateful to Jim and his wider family for their continued support. The Gallagher family are regular attendees of our fundraising events throughout the year and we were overwhelmed when Jim kindly signed up to run the EMF2018 Marathon earlier this year.

Jim is a Naval Officer as well as an experienced marathon runner and, despite his many commitments, managed to maintain a disciplined training schedule during the harsh winter/spring weather. Now that the race is over and the blisters have began to heal, he has very kindly shared a few words with regards to his experience.

 “My training for this race didn’t go as well as I had hoped due to family and work commitments (and maybe a wee bit of laziness…) so I was very happy with my time of 4:02:17! The weather was kind to us. It was forecast to be 22 degrees but the east coast har came in to save the day! 

“I chose to run for the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s a great cause! Providing sports equipment, respite breaks and PTSD therapy all help to get wounded (physically and mentally) service personnel and veterans back on their feet. 

“Secondly, the way that David’s family have channeled their grief by setting up this fund to help others shows great courage. I didn’t know David but we went to the same school, I think I was three years above him, and he was also an Officer in the UK Armed Forces like me. Different cap badge but same big family! 

“I’ll definitely run another event for the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. Maybe not a marathon though…”

If you would like to donate in support of Jim’s fantastic efforts, you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jimgallagher

We offer our sincere thanks to Jim for his commitment and dedication towards supporting the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Carnock Community Bake Sale in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund

ImageWe are delighted to announce that Sammy Fyfe will host a bake sale in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, which will take place at Carnock and Gowkhall Community Centre on Sunday 10 June 2018, from 1300hrs-1600hrs.

Sammy shares her thoughts with regards to choosing to support the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund:

“After attending other events run by the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund in the past year and seeing the great work carried out by those getting involved and the work that David’s Fund does in conjunction with Help for Heroes, I was hoping to get involved a bit more directly this year with the annual sporting events, but due to unforeseen health issues I’ve been unable to participate. I was quite disappointed by this, but decided to take a different approach and use the skills and interest in baking that I’ve developed during this time of poor health to contribute instead. 

“I’ve got high hopes for this event and it’s spurring me on and keeping me occupied during this time of hardship. There will be lots on offer including home made bread, jams, cakes, tray bakes, confectionary and other baked goods so even if cake isn’t your thing hopefully there will be something for everyone. There’s also going to be other chances to raise funds on the day including a raffle where the main prize is a hamper filled with various homemade products. 

cupcakes-bake-sale-23348909I’m looking forward to seeing how many people turn up to raise money for this great cause. The event will be held on Sunday the 10th of June from 1pm to 4pm at the Carnock and Gowkhall Community Centre and it would be great to see people from both within and out with the Carnock area coming along to have a tea or coffee and a cake or even just popping in to see what’s on offer.”

Gary Seath said:

“I greatly admire Sammy’s commitment and dedication towards supporting the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. I know how keen Sammy was to participate in Tough Mudder this year and, sadly, this has not been possible. However, the resilience Sammy has shown to come up with an alternative means of supporting David’s legacy is fantastic and we very much look forward to coming along and supporting her efforts on 10 June 2018.”

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised £280,000 and provided over two-hundred and fifty welfare grants to personnel and veterans of the British Armed Forces living with life-changing physical injuries and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes, the charity David was running for that tragic day.

David’s memorial fund is making a huge and lasting difference to its beneficiaries. Every donation made in his memory is used to support Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) which provides specialist sports 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.

If you can’t make it along but wish to support Sammy’s efforts, you can donate through her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bakeforheroes

Pete Alexander completes six endurance races in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund

Pete Alexander served with David in Afghanistan and the Middle East with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery, whom we first met when he joined us in London to complete the 3.2 miles David tragically could not finish.

As a fully qualified Tandem Skydiving Instructor, Pete organised a skydiving fundraising event which raised over £5000 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund in August 2018.

Since then Pete, who is currently posted in the Middle East, has embarked on a series of endurance races in support of David’s legacy which has included the Amman, Tel Aviv and Wadi Rum Full Moon Desert marathons as well as the Dead to Red Relay Race (275KM) and the Red Sea Half-Marathon.

Most poignantly, Pete was determined to run the London Marathon and we are delighted to announce that he successfully completed this year’s race in an incredible time of three hours and fifty-six minutes.

Pete has very kindly shared his experiences through the following piece:

Two Years on and Still Inspiring

“Dare I say it, one of the most annoying things about Dave is his natural ability to push those around him to take an extra step towards bettering themselves without even realising we’re being pushed.  The recognition of this trait in him defines him as a natural leader; one who we would all rally around without the need for him to jump and down in frustration.  I fell into his trap of bettering myself last year when I was unable to take part in the Virgin London Marathon 2017 due to a posting to the Middle East.  An easy combination of him wanting all his friends and family to take that extra step or go that extra mile in life mixed with the sense of brotherhood towards him and his passion for supporting those who went before him led me to postponing my place in London to 2018, but also adding another 5 events to the list.

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“It all started with the Amman Marathon in Jordan on October 15th 2017.  In temperatures hitting 29oC, it wasn’t exactly a graceful performance. The premature closure of water aid stations didn’t help and indeed added to frustrations but the determination to finish wasn’t lost.  Severe cramps set in to both calf muscles as I sweated out my body weight in salt. I eventually crawled across the line in an inspiringly disappointing time of 5hrs 22mins. 

“Run Jordan, who had organised the Amman Marathon also hosted the follow on event in Aqaba; The Red Sea Half Marathon held on 7th December 2017.  Being later in the year, it was slightly cooler but being a 4hr drive South, the temperature was still in the 20’s, despite being an early morning race.  Being back at sea level as opposed to the 900m above sea level experienced in Amman was a huge help as the finish line was crossed in 1hr 37mins. Somewhat better than October’s efforts!

“The next event was the first of what I knew were going to be two beasts in the six I had planned; The Dead to Red Relay Race.  Teams consisting of up to 10 people faced the 275km journey from Wadi Mujib at the Dead Sea to the beaches of the Red Sea.  The race commenced at 1600hrs on 8th March 2018 with teams running throughout the night on little to no sleep with the winning team crossing in a time of 13hrs.  14th place out of 28 teams was not an undignified result with a finishing time of 16hrs 32 mins.  A further 16hrs and 32mins was then very quickly pushed out by the entire team but in more of a horizontal position before fellow team members returned to the UK and Abu Dhabi!

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“It was then back to the marathon distance for the final three events with the next event in Tel Aviv.  The city hosted a fantastic event with a wonderful course, which took in the entire length of the Tel Aviv coastline and through the historic city of Jaffa.  I’m not entirely sure that the stretch through the fish market helped but thankfully those smells were short lived.  As mentioned, Dave’s natural ability to drive us reflected in the way I conducted my training to better myself and I got a new personal best (PB) when I crossed the line in 4hrs 08mins (my original PB was 4hrs 31mins in London 2011); no onset of cramps this time! It still wasn’t good enough though.

“This was it; London. I’d missed out the previous year and it was what this journey for me was all about.  Dave’s inspiration and pushing continued.  I was back in the UK on home soil and I wanted to better my time and I wanted sub 4hrs.  Record temperatures were set to hamper the London Marathon and they didn’t let us down either, hitting the highest ever recorded at 24.1oC. I was comfortable with this. I’d been training and racing in hotter temperatures but complacency wasn’t something I wanted to get on the wrong side of.  We shuffled to the start line and then we were off.  Sadly people were collapsing due to exhaustion with the heat but I wasn’t prepared to let it happen to me.  I wasn’t going to let Dave down.  This had to be done for him and in the best time for me.  The last 3 miles were always going to be hard both physically and emotionally but I crossed in 3hrs 56mins.  It was done. I had my new sub 4hr PB which I wanted so badly, but without losing sight of why I had done it; something that will never be lost.  

“I wasn’t allowed to stop there though.  I still had the sixth event (and second of the two beasts) to complete; the Wadi Rum Full Moon Desert Marathon.  It was just 5 days later. It was also at night. And on sand.  I knew Dave would be settling into his ringside seat with a big bucket of popcorn for this one! In 2014 I had been in Jordan with Dave as his Gunnery Instructor as he took part in Op Cougar.  His jaw had hit the floor with the beauty of the country as did mine and Friday 27th April didn’t let me down as I found myself under the full moon in the desert with 16 other plucky (or stupid) individuals with the towering landscape all around us that had once provided so much solace for TE Lawrence.  I was already tired before I’d even started and within the first six miles, I knew the rest was going to hurt as my legs started letting me know. Again, not a graceful performance but I had already come to terms with my main effort being just to complete it which I did in 6hrs 20mins.  Having achieved a sub 4hr marathon just 5 days before, I wasn’t going to beat myself up! 

“As I sat down at the end of the race (marking the end of the six events I’d promised I’d do) with a bottle of water in one hand and a beer in the other, I looked up to the sky and thanked Dave.  I thanked him for lighting the way with a full moon, thanked him for the spectacular thunderstorm that he’d sent to keep me on my toes, thanked him for being a friend and thanked him for being an inspiration and keeping me going throughout the last 5 months.  He’ll never stop being either a friend or an inspiration and even though I want a break, I’ll keep training and competing.  I guess it’s not a bad thing that he’s so annoying after all.”

We offer our sincere thanks to Pete for his monumental efforts and continued support of David’s legacy and you can donate through his just-giving page

Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Beneficiary’s Photography Business celebrates first anniversary

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We are delighted to announce that Captain David Seath Memorial Fund beneficiary, Steve Mills, recently competed his first year of business as a professional photographer.

A welfare grant from the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was awarded to Steve, through Help for Heroes, as a means to purchase specialist photography equipment and enrol on courses to support the development of his business aspirations.

One year on Steve’s business, OneShot Photography, continues to grow from strength-to-strength which specialises in bespoke photography, both in the studio and on location. Steve has also founded Recovery Through the Lens which promotes photography as a positive medium for veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Steve said:

“My first year has been very steady. I have been building up my portfolio and working on myself, to ensure I can manage my mental health in order to cope with any stresses that I may experience on the journey. I have been working on a Community Interest Company (CIC) which I have now registered at Companies House. It is called ‘Recovery Through the Lens’ and the aim is to help other Veterans through the medium of photography. I also have my first exhibition coming up, 4th – 18th June, at the local library, its only a small step, but things seem to be moving in the right direction. This has all been made possible by the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.”

Community completes 5K run/walk to commemorate the life of Captain David Seath

IMGP2755Over two hundred runners, walkers and dog-joggers completed the 5K circuit around Pittencrieff Park to commemorate the life of Captain Seath, who tragically died running the 2016 London Marathon, on Sunday 22 April 2018. 

The event was supported by the Lord Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman who acted as official starter for the event which raised an incredible £1400 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Gary Seath said:

“We wish to thank the local and wider community who supported the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K run/walk event on Sunday 22 April 2018. It is very difficult to express in words how it feels to look around Pittencrieff Park and witness so many from the local community with you to commemorate David’s life. The warmth and generosity of our supporters is incredible, a real ‘esprit de corps’ as David would have phrased it, which contributed to a poignant sense of commemoration and legacy.”

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised £276,000 and provided over two-hundred and fifty welfare grants to personnel and veterans of the British Armed Forces living with life-changing physical injuries and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes, the charity David was running for that tragic day.

David’s memorial fund is making a huge and lasting difference to its beneficiaries. Every donation made in his memory is used to support Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) which provides specialist sports 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.

Memorial stone in memory of Captain Seath laid at Commando Monument

We experienced a very poignant, memorable day at the Spean Bridge Commando Monument on Tuesday 24 April 2018, where a memorial stone dedicated to David’s memory was officially laid in the Garden of Remembrance.

The Commando Monument was built to commemorate members of the Commando Regiment who died during the Second World War, and is located six miles from Achnacary Castle where the Commando Basic Training Centre was established in 1942.

During World War Two, candidates arrived at Spean Bridge railway station, and their first assessment was to march the seven miles to Achnacarry Castle, past the site on which the monument now stands. 

The candidates who completed the intensive training formed an elite commando fighting force which conducted a series important raids throughout the war, such as St Nazaire, as well as land on Sword Beach as part of the landings in Normandy.

World War Two claimed the lives of 1,700 Commando personnel and a total of eight Victoria Crosses were awarded to members of the regiment. 

An area of remembrance has been established a short walk from the monument and is the location where the ashes of many of the commandos, who served during World War Two, have been placed and memorials have been laid commemorating the lives of Commandos who have died in recent conflicts. 

Gary Seath said:

“It was an honour to witness the unveiling of a memorial stone, dedicated to David’s memory, at the site of such historical significance for the Commando Regiment. As an Officer of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, David was incredibly proud to have completed the All Arms Commando Course and earn his coveted Green Beret, which has been worn so proudly since the first generation of Commandos who trained in the Spean Bridge region during World War Two. I wish to offer my sincere thanks to Ian Bertrand (29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery) as well as Carlos Hamlet and Matt Burton (105 Regiment Royal Artillery) for making this wonderful memorial project happen.”

Ian Betrand, a close friend of David as well as a member of 29 Commando Regiment RA, has led this particular memorial project with regards to the acquisition of the Aberdeen Granite, sourcing a stone mason and composing the statement of memorial. 

Ian provided a wonderful short speech prior the unveiling of the memorial stone and we were all greatly touched by his sentiments as well as humour with regards to how he ‘acquired’ the Aberdeen Granite.

Ian was joined by two of David’s close friends Matt Burton and Carlos Hamlet, both of whom have served in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery and provided fantastic insight with regards to the formation of the Commando Regiment.

We wish to offer our sincere thanks to Ian Bertrand (29 Commandon Regiment RA) as well as Matt Burton/Carlos Hamlet (105 RA) for their dedication and commitment to making this very special act of remembrance possible.