A group of colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University and Park Run will run over 50K in one day, across Central Scotland, in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund on Friday 21 June 2019. In part one of our ‘Meet the #CDSMF50K Team’ feature, it is our pleasure to introduce Ben Waite, who works alongside Gary Seath in the Marketing and External Relations Department at Edinburgh Napier University.

Ben describes his reasons for getting involved:

“Gary and I began working together at ENU just over two years ago. I quickly became aware of his story and the wonderful work Gary and his family has carried out in memory David. I have come to think that Gary doesn’t sleep as, between his full-time job and charity work, he is one of the busiest people I know.  He really has inspired me and I felt I have to do what I can to help.”

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“Last year we ran the Edinburgh Marathon Relay as team ENU and had a wonderful experience. We really didn’t want it to stop there though and, being a very keen park runner myself, we thought up this year’s crazy challenge. We have put a lot a thought into it and (though I am a bit nervous) I really can’t’ wait.”

Ben is heavily involved within Park Run, and recently completed his own personal milestone recently:

“I’ve been a regular park runner for 4 years now, completing my 100th two weeks ago. I also volunteer regularly and am part of the Edinburgh Park Run core team. I’ve acted as Run Director quite a few times and love the role. Park Run in general has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.”

Gary Seath will run alongside Ben on 21 June, who said:

“I am very grateful with regards to the continued support Ben has provided in support of David’s legacy. In my experience, fundraising challenge events succeed thanks to the incredible dedication, resilience and will of participants to complete the task. It is clear that Ben embodies the aforementioned qualities within everything he does, both at Edinburgh Napier University and his spare time, and I am very much looking forward to running alongside him, once more, on 21 June 2019.”

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £290,000 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.

All donations to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund will now be used to support Help for Heroes’ fellowship programme in Scotland. The Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters networks provide social and learning activities, support, camaraderie and a wide range of opportunities to almost 800 veterans and their families and carers across Scotland. So whether your donation today helps a Veteran learn new skills and gain confidence, or supports a family respite day or enables Help for Heroes staff to be there when a Veteran is in need; you can be sure you’re helping local heroes in David’s name and memory.

Make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cdsmflongestday50k

 

2016_CHA_033 Captain David Seath_Poster A4 2 V2We are delighted to announce The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund’s proposal to support the development of Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme in Scotland has been approved.

The Fellowship Programme supports personnel and veterans, living with life-changing physical and psychological wounds, as well as their loved ones through their Band of Band of Brother/Band of Sister network across Scotland.

Personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological wounds receive life-long access to rehabilitation, sports therapy and psychological well-being support as well as the opportunity to engage with fellow personnel and veterans through a range of creative, sporting and social activities. 

Welfare support is provided to the loved ones supporting those who have encountered physical and psychological wounds through regular opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances as a means to build rapport and solidarity.

We offer our sincere thanks to Help for Heroes for approving our wishes to increase the impact of David’s legacy in Scotland and we look forward to providing updates in the future.

Please donate in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund by clicking this link

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We were delighted to learn recently that photography, produced by Captain David Seath Memorial Fund beneficiary Steve Mills, featured as part of #HelpforHeroes #CreativeForce #Exhibition.

The exhibition launched at Mall Galleries #London last year which showcased an emotive, visceral collection of photography, paintings and model-making, highlighting the power of creativity with regards to supporting recovery from life-changing physical and psychological wounds.

Steve exhibited a specific image, titled ‘My Safe Place‘, who said:

“The photograph I have chosen to exhibit is of my safe place. This is where I go when I need some time out. I have this photograph on my wall at home; sometimes just looking at it is enough to bring me back.

“Being creative gives me a focus, when I am out with my camera I lose all track of time. It enables me to get outside of my own head and forget what’s troubling me for a while.”

Our sincere congratulations to Steve; an inspirational story, demonstrating how #creativity can be accessed as a pathway towards recovery.

View online exhibition: https://bit.ly/2MqoaRt

We are delighted to announce that Gary Seath and his colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University will run 50 kilometres in one day on Friday 21 June 2019 in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

50kTitled The Longest Day 50K Challenge, the group will complete ten parkrun routes across central Scotland on the day, including Edinburgh, Meadowmill, Vogrie, Portobello, Livingston, Falkirk, Loch Leven, Lochore Meadows, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.

The group of #TeamNapier runners are buoyed on by their fundraising success last year, when they completed the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Relay and raised over £400 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Gary Seath said:

“We face a contrasting set of challenges, compared to last year’s EMF Relay event, and we all have a clear picture in our minds what we need to do as a means to successfully complete the Longest Day Challenge. Working as part of team is an integral part of the university’s values and, once more, we will work as a team to accomplish this considerable challenge as a means to raise money in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.”

#TeamNapier also includes a logistical support team of colleagues, who will also mobilise, once more, for this particular challenge event.

Gary continues:

“It’s overwhelming and incredibly inspirational to witness my Edinburgh Napier University colleagues who have trained hard throughout the winter. It’s also important to recognise our wonderful colleagues who will ensure our team are supported on the day with regards to logistics and moral support. We may not endorse power bars and pumpkin seeds but the the jam donuts, Haribo and kind words of encouragement is as integral to our success as the the dedication, commitment and endeavour we must show as a means to complete the Longest Day Challenge.

“I am sincerely grateful to my colleagues at Edinburgh Napier University, many of whom have also donated money, attended our fundraising events and completed challenge events in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. Our entire family is greatly touched by the commitment and dedication from all involved.”

#TeamNapier veterans Ben Waite and Craig Shearer will join Gary one more for this year’s event, who said:

“It’s great to get behind such a worthy cause once again and our participation is only possible thanks 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 made a donation in support of our efforts last year and hopefully we can inspire further donations through this years challenge event.”

The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £290,000 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.

Further updates to follow! #CDSMF50KRUN #CDSMFLongestDay

Donate through Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cdsmflongestday50k

 

ceilidh1We offer our sincere thanks to 1145 Air Cadet Squadron, whose Burn Supper Ceilidh event, which was held at the Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline, has raised over £1100 in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Captain David Seath served as a Cadet at 1145 Squadron during the early 2000’s, and it was the breadth of experiences gained as a cadet which developed his leadership skills, prior to studying at Aberdeen University and enrolling at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

David  later served his country with distinction in Afghanistan with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners), who operated in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand Province in 2012 as part of Herrick 16. Captain Seath operated from Main Operation Base (MOB) Price and commanded artillery fire in support ground operations, led numerous combat patrols and delivered training support to Afghanistan Defence Forces.

Upon his return from Afghanistan, David successfully completed the All Arms Commando Course to earn the coveted Green Beret. He served in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery as a Fire Team Support Commander. He would later embark on a tour of the Middle East where he oversaw the training of Kurdish special forces.

The funds will be used to support personnel and veterans, living with physical and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes. Since it was established, the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £290,000 and supported over 250 beneficiaries rebuild their lives.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish our incredible supporters a very Merry Christmas and our best wishes for the New Year.

MRM-TM 1We also wish to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund this year. Thanks to your incredible support, we have raised over £14,000 this year in support of David’s legacy, which supports personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma, through Help for Heroes.

As a family, we are sincerely grateful for the support we continue to receive from the local community and beyond, and wish to thank everyone who has generously donated in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund and attended our annual programme of fundraising events. We have also been greatly inspired by those who have successfully completed challenge events or ran community fundraising events this year in support of David’s legacy this year.

LondonSo far, the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has now raised over £290,000 and supported two hundred and fifty personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma, through Help for Heroes, and we look forward to sharing news in the New Year with regards to the next phase of David’s legacy.  

Should you wish to get involved in supporting the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund next year, please visit our website for further information or contact gary.seath@outlook.com

atc2We were humbled when 1145 Dunfermline Squadron RAF Air Cadets generously established The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund award for #fundraising as part of their annual award ceremony in 2016.

It was an honour to present this year’s winner, Sergeant Megan Stephens, with The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund trophy as well as provide an update with regards to our work establishing David’s #legacy.

Captain David Seath served as a Cadet at 1145 Squadron during the early 2000’s, and it was the breadth of experiences gained as a cadet which developed his leadership skills, prior to studying at Aberdeen University and enrolling at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

atc1David  later served his country with distinction in Afghanistan with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners), who operated in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand Province in 2012 as part of Herrick 16. Captain Seath operated from Main Operation Base (MOB) Price and commanded artillery fire in support ground operations, led numerous combat patrols and delivered training support to Afghanistan Defence Forces.

Upon his return from Afghanistan, David successfully completed the All Arms Commando Course to earn the coveted Green Beret. He served in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery as a Fire Team Support Commander. He would later embark on a tour of the Middle East where he oversaw the training of Kurdish special forces.

We offer our sincere congratulations to Megan as well as our thanks to 1145 Dunfermline Squadron RAF Air Cadets for their continued support, who will host a Burn Supper/Ceilidh event in January as a means to raise funds in support of David’s legacy.

 

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We are sincerely grateful to Kevin Guthrie, who has generously included a tribute to Captain David Seath within his new book, titled ‘Coal & Community; Tales of Coaledge, Crossgates, Fordell and the Hendersons’, and will donate the profits in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

Captain David Seath grew up in the village of Coaledge and his family continue to reside in its peaceful, tranquil surroundings to this day. The village is deeply proud of its mining and agricultural heritage and it was within the fields and country lanes of Coaledge that many childhood friendships were forged through a wide range of sports and activities.

Gary Seath said:

“As a family, we are sincerely grateful to Kevin for making this generous gesture in support of David’s legacy. I have many fond memories of our childhood in Coaledge and we are indebted to so many members of the village who have gone above and beyond with regards to supporting David’s legacy.”

Within yards of the family home stands a war memorial in Coaledge Cemetery, where a memorial bench, in memory of Captain David Seath, was generously installed by the community of Coaledge.

It was  a visit to the Coaledge Cemetery which served as the inspiration for Kevin Guthrie to approach the Seath family, who said:

“When I decided to write the book I wanted it to capture the people and spirit of a unique community. Captain David Seath loved the surroundings of his family home in Coaledge, and he was someone locals could be rightfully proud of. It seemed only fitting that David’s story should feature in the book. He lost his life while raising funds to improve the lives of others, and his passing is still deeply felt around here. It is an honour to be involved in remembering David and helping to promote his legacy in the form of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, which ensures he will never be forgotten and shall continue to help those in need.”

The funds raised will be used to support our work through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, which supports personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes.

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.

To reserve a copy send an email to fordellbook@outlook.com

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Enjoy a sumptuous Burns Supper, followed by recitals of our national poet’s work and ceilidh dancing, on Saturday 26 January 2018 in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

The event has been generously organised by 1145 Air Cadet Training Squadron, with whom David served as an air cadet in the early 2000’s. The squadron have provided tremendous support to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, through a variety of fundraising projects, who have also established a memorial trophy, in David’s name, as part of their annual prize-giving ceremony.

Ticket prices:
* Adult – £25
* Non-cadet under 18’s – £20
* Cadets – £15

Pease contact adj.1145@aircadets.org for booking enquires

Dress code:
Highland or Smart

The funds raised will be used to support our work through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, which supports personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes.

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.