Her Majesty, The Queen marks platinum jubilee with special programme of celebration events

Her Majesty The Queen, becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.

Her Majesty continues to carry out a full programme of engagements, from visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State, to leading the nation in Remembrance and celebratory events – all supported by other members of the Royal Family. 

The Queen sees public and voluntary service as one of the most important elements of her work. The Queen has links – as Royal Patron or President – with over 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations. These vary from well-established international charities to smaller bodies working in a specialist area or on a local basis only.

Her patronages and charities cover a wide range of issues, from opportunities for young people, to the preservation of wildlife and the environment. Having Her Majesty as Royal patron or president provides vital publicity for the work of these organisations, and allows their enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised.

#HM70 | #PlatinumJubilee

Catherine Munro | Going the extra mile to fundraise in support of David’s legacy

On Sunday Catherine Munro will tackle the second of two momentous challenges in a month, which has raised over £1800 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund so far.

Having run a 50km ultra marathon on 01 May, Cath is swapping her trainers for cleats and cycling 160km (100 miles) in the RideLondon100 event.

It’s been a busy month for Cath and her family, with her young children also running and cycling impressive distances. Not to be left out, while Cath is cycling down south this weekend, her children will cycle a specific challenge of their own. Please keep your fingers crossed for no punctures!

Cath said:

“We will be doing these events in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. Dave and I met in halls on Day 1 at Aberdeen University; we went on to work together, live together and have a whole lot of fun together! A guy so full of verve, humour, energy and cheekiness, he was simply a joy to be around.

“He chose the military as his career, and his grit and determination saw him become an officer in 29 Commando Regiment. Tragically, while running the 2016 London marathon to raise money for Help for Heroes, Dave collapsed at the 23 mile mark and died. The gaping hole that he left in so many people’s lives has been impossible to fill, and six years on the loss is still as raw as ever. 

“Dave’s passion for helping veterans was evident in his life and his legacy lives on through the Memorial Fund that his family set up in his name. The Fund provides financial grants to service personnel through Help for Heroes and has so far raised a phenomenal £330,000 and counting. 

“I would like to do my bit to help veterans and their families, which is why I have chosen to raise funds in Dave’s memory. I know that his cheeky smile and glinting eye will spur me on when I’m needing it most.”

Donate in support of Cath’s amazing efforts in support of David’s Legacy

5K fundraising event raises over £1200 in memory of Captain David Seath

Over one-hundred and forty supporters came together on Sunday 24 April to raise over £1200 through a hybrid 5K run/walk event held in support of a memorial fund established in memory of Dunfermline-born Captain David Seath.

Captain Seath tragically died running the London Marathon in support of Help for Heroes and the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K has ran for the past six years in Pittencrieff Park and virtually during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Ran as a hybrid event for the first time this year, over eighty supporters joined the Seath family in Pittencrieff Park for a 5K run or walk, whilst others completed virtual alternatives across the UK, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Over £340,000.00 has been raised in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund since its foundation in 2016, and funds raised from Sunday’s event will support veterans and their families across Scotland, through Help for Heroes.

Gary Seath, Founder of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, said:

“As a family, we wish to offer our sincere gratitude to the local community and beyond for generously supporting our 5K hybrid fundraising event in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

“The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was established for one very specific reason, which was to continue what David started when he chose to run the London Marathon in support of the charity Help for Heroes.

“Veterans and their families have faced many unique challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic and funds raised will ensure specialist one-to-one and peer group support is delivered by Help for Heroes across Scotland.

“From mental health support, addressing complex support needs to delivering regular social, sporting or creative activities, David’s legacy continues to rebuild lives, forge new connections and provide pathways to brighter futures.”

Many taking part had a strong link to David and the wider Seath family. Some had attended school or university together, competed against one another through sports as well as served on operations in Afghanistan with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery.

Cara Coventry, who attended the same primary and secondary schools, said:

‘It was a pleasure to be able to run with Gary and honour the life of Captain David Seath. The camaraderie shown by his family and friends was a very fitting tribute, making it a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all involved.”

Chris Duff, who used to run with David at Pitreavie Athletics Club, said:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5k run. Special thanks to the volunteers on the day and those who helped organise the event. It was great to get together in person to remember David and raise money for a fantastic cause.”

Did you miss our 5K fundraising event and wish to make a donation in support of David’s legacy? You can do so by clicking the button below.

Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K (Hybrid)

Join us with friends, family or work colleagues in Dunfermline or complete a virtual 5K anywhere, anytime over the weekend of 23/24 April in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Raise funds in David’s memory to support veterans and their families across Scotland

We continue to live in unprecedented times; all of which has had a considerable impact on veterans and their families across Scotland, when we think about lockdown restrictions, the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan and events in Ukraine.

Run, walk, cycle, dog-jog and pram push – it all counts!

Our fundraising event warmly welcomes the communiy to raise funds in support of David’s legacy; it doesn’t matter if you’re seriously into exercise or simply starting out on your journey to getting fitter, what’s important is you’re there.

What does hybrid mean?

There’s two ways you get involved in our 5k fundraising event:

  • Join us at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline for a 10:30am start.
  • Complete a virtual 5K wherever you are, anytime over the weekend.

What will the funds raised help to support?

Funds raised will support the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund to help veterans and their families, through Help for Heroes, who are working within communities across the country to meet their specific needs.

Whether that means mental health and wellbeing support to a friendly voice on the phone, a home visit to sporting or creative activities, getting involved in our 5K fundraising event will make a huge difference to the lives of so many across Scotland. 

About the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund

The fund was established following David’s tragic death running the 2016 London Marathon in Support of Help for Heroes. David was born and raised in Dunfermline and the community has so generously come together ever since to raise funds in his name.

To participate, please book tickets through Eventbrite by clicking the button below, which are priced at £5 per person.

Quiz fundraising event postponed until November 2022

Quiz night promotion

Dear supporters,

We hope this email finds you well.

Due to the ongoing situation concerning COVID-19 Pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Quiz event at the Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline until Friday 18 November 2022.

Although it is possible to host our quiz event under current restrictions, we do not feel it is right to encourage our supporters to gather in considerable numbers, given the highly infectious nature of the Omicron variant.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for their continued support during these unprecedented times, and we look forward to hosting our 5K run/walk as well as our quiz fundraising events later this year.

Book tickets: https://bit.ly/3H63DxY

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Remembrance Day 2021

Today we remember those whom made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country and personnel who returned from conflict with life-changing physical and psychological wounds. Today is also about recognising the contribution made by all who have served in the British Armed Forces, as well as their friends and family who stood behind them when it mattered the most.

As a family, today is a very poignant day. We remember the life of Captain David Seath, who served with distinction in Afghanistan with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and later in the Middle East with 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.#remembrance | #remembranceday | #lestweforget2021

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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