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

Stay Safe!

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!

Donate: https://bit.ly/3lgpEP6

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.