Help for Heroes elite athlete, Invictus Games medallist and BBC sports presenter, JJ Chalmers, has recorded a special message of thanks to supporters of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund Golf Day.
The fund was established following Captain David Seath’s tragic death, who was running the London Marathon in support of Help for Heroes.
The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £298,000 which has been used to support personnel, veterans and their families in David’s name, through Help for Heroes.
Funds were previously used to support 148 beneficiaries through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) as a means to support structured recovery pathways concerning life-changing physical and psychological wounds.
Funds are now uses to support over 800 personnel, veterans and their families in communities across Scotland, through Help for Heroes Fellowship Programme, as a means to build networks of support and solidarity at a local level.
As a Help for Heroes elite athlete and Invictus Games medallist, former Marine, JJ Chalmers has rebuilt his life following life-changing physical wounds suffered as a result of an IED Blast in Afghanistan.
JJ is also a member of Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme, who kindly recorded this message of thanks.
You don’t need a formal handicap or, indeed, be a seasoned competitor to participate, as George and Alisdair illustrate below! Our golf day is simply about warmly welcoming teams of friends, colleagues and family along for a great day’s #golf in support of David’s legacy.
View our video from last year’s event below.
Our golf day welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities! Let George and Alisdair illustrate that for you below!
Our event warmly welcomes teams from the Armed Forces community as well as well as teams of family, friends and colleagues.
We are delighted to announce that the #CDSMF50KChallenge has raised over £1500 in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.
Gary Seath, Wade Cormack, Ben Waite, Kirsty Gray, Ali Dourley, Nicky Freedman and Kathy Henly successfully completed ten park run routes across central Scotland, which equates to an incredible 50 kilometres (31.6 miles) in one day. An estimated one hundred runners joined the team throughout the day at the various Park Run routes.
The funds which have been raised in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund will provide social, sporting and learning activities, support, camaraderie and a wide range of opportunities to almost eight hundred veterans and their families and carers across Scotland through Help for Heroes Fellowship programme.
Gary Seath said:
“The #CDSMF50KChallenge proved a truly memorable day and I am sincerely grateful to the commitment and dedication our running and logistical support teams demonstrated throughout the nineteen hours.
“We began with what I can only describe as the most tranquil experience ever; I will never forget that particular run in Cramond watching a beautiful sunrise developing across the River Forth and the waves gently rippling against the sea wall, amidst the gentle hue of early morning. I think we all agreed it was a really spiritual moment which set us up for the day ahead.
“We were buoyed on further as we learned a number of inspirational individuals who joined us at Cramond had decided to join us for the duration, most of whom had ran the 2016 London Marathon on the day David tragically died and had, in actual fact, ran passed him, which was very emotional and poignant to reflect upon so early in the day. It’s difficult to find the words to describe how you feel when there’s a commitment to your brother’s legacy in a manner like that. However, their support was greatly appreciated and, in my book, they are all heroes and, indeed, heroines.
Following the initial phase at Cramond, the team completed park run routes at Portobello Meadowmill, Vogrie, Livingston, Falkirk, Loch Leven, Lochore Meadows, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.
Gary Seath continues:
“The weather proved tremendous and we were blessed with stunning scenery throughout the day and it was a real joy to run such a contrast of urban parklands, manor estates, woodland and country parks. What truly blew us away was the support we received from so many runners who joined us at the various park runs, many of whom decided to join us for several more of the phases. We simply cannot thank everyone enough for their support, passion for our cause and generous donations.
The overall success of the event often overshadows the invaluable contributions of those behind the scenes and, in this case, we are determined that this does not happen.
“Our running and logistical teams deserve huge praise with regards to the dedication, endurance and commitment demonstrated over a period of nineteen hours and ten park run routes. Throughout the day, the team spirit was fantastic and, despite not having met a number of our team until the day itself, rapport was easily established along the way, through humour, solidarity and a real focus on the objective. Both Naomi Waite and Alison Skinner also played such a very important role behind the scenes, who ensured our running team was transported and well looked after throughout the day as well as undertaking group photo coordination for social media (no mean feat, I assure you!).
“A special note of sincere thanks must, of course, go to Ben and Wade, who have selflessly committed themselves to this specific challenge event and, indeed, David’s legacy over the past six months. The guys have a wealth of running experience, knowledge and contacts within Park Run circles which proved vital with regards to how we assessed, managed and, ultimately, completed the challenge. Without their contribution, the event would not have been as successful, it’s as simple as that.
“A further detail which many won’t be aware of is the generosity of Loch Leven’s Larder, who generously paid for lunch for the entire team, prior to taking on Loch Leven park Run phase. An exceptional gesture and greatly appreciated by everyone, considering how ready were ready for some proper sustenance. A further note of thanks must go to all Park Run Directors and runners, who gave up their Friday morning, noon and evening to ensure we did not run further than we had to. In addition, your words of support and generosity kept us going throughout the day.”
“This entire experience has highlighted the true power of community spirit, determination and selfless commitment. Our #CDSMF50KChallenge served to bring runners, veterans, friends and family together in support of David’s legacy in such a unique way. I previously said it would be essential that we embody the commando spirit in the same way David did as an Officer in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery as a means to complete this task; I think we certainly did that and proved what dedication, commitment and resilience as well as community spirit can accomplish.”
A group of colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University are showing true team spirit by taking on a 50k in a day running challenge to raise funds for a cause close to one of their hearts.
Gary Seath, whose brother David tragically died during the 2016 London Marathon, works in the Development and External Relations department of the University. He and fellow colleagues Ben Waite, Craig Shearer, Barbara Kidd and Wade Cormack will mark the longest day of the year – Friday June 21 – by running 50km, the equivalent of ten Park Runs, across Scotland in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.
Gary established the fund following the death of David, 31, a captain in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery who collapsed just three miles short of the London Marathon finish line. Captain Seath was running that day to raise money for Help for Heroes – a charity close to his heart. Since his death more than £290,000 has been raised in David’s memory to support Help for Heroes’ services for serving personnel and veterans of the British Armed Forces living with life-changing physical injuries and psychological trauma. All donations to the Captain Seath Memorial Fund are now used to support Help for Heroes’ fellowship programme for veterans and their families in Scotland.
The Longest Day 50K Challenge team will complete ten parkrun routes across central Scotland on Friday June 21, 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 a team is an integral part of the university’s values and, once more, we will work as a team to accomplish this considerable challenge to raise money in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.
“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 provide logistics and moral support to our team on the day. 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 member Ben Waite, who was part of last year’s Edinburgh Marathon team, said: “It’s great to get behind such a worthy cause once again. 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 year’s challenge event.”
All donations to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund are 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.Previously, donations were used to support wounded, injured and sick personnel through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF). A total of 250 welfare grants were awarded in David’s name, which provided 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.
Help for Heroes provides recovery and support for all those and their families who have been affected by their time serving in the British Armed Forces. We are here for wounds both visible and hidden and are driven by the belief that those who put their lives on the line for us, deserve a second chance at life for them and their families.
Every day, seven men and women are medically discharged from the Armed Forces, their lives changed forever.
Since Help for Heroes was founded in 2007, it has supported over 21,000 individuals. This is done in a variety of ways, from welfare advice and psychological support; new career and fellowship opportunities (for both the wounded and their loved ones), to courses and activities designed to benefit their physical and mental wellbeing. Much of this support is available at the Charity’s four Recovery Centres.
It’s not long now until Gary Seath and his colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University will run 50 kilometres in one day on in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund on Friday 21 June 2019.
The Longest Day 50K Challenge includes park run routes across central Scotland on the day, including Edinburgh, Meadowmill, Vogrie, Portobello, Livingston, Falkirk, Loch Leven, Lochore Meadows, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.
Should anyone wish to join the team at specific locations, we have produced a schedule of estimated time of arrivals below.
Our sincere congratulations to Nick Rose who completed the EMF Marathon in an incredible time of three hours forty-one minutes. A close friend of Captain Seath, Nick has now completed two marathons in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund and has organised a team to participate in our annual golf day for the past three years.
“I Just want to say a big thank you to all those who donated generously towards my Edinburgh Marathon run on Sunday. Your contributions helped raise over £400 for the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund/H4H which is fantastic. Day started off wet as forecast but dried up by the end. Set off a bit quick but gained enough time to set a new PB at 3hrs 41mins.”
We offer our sincere thanks to Nick for his incredible dedication, commitment and energy with regards to supporting David’s legacy. If you are inspired by Nick’s story and wish to get involved in challenge fundraising, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund are 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.
Previously, donations were used to support wounded, injured and sick personnel through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF). A total of two hundred and forty-eight welfare grants were awarded in David’s name, which provided 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.
That’s why we continue to work with David’s chosen charity, Help for Heroes. By doing so, we can be confident that every single donation to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund really does help to rebuild lives.
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 two of our ‘Meet the #CDSMF50K Team’ feature, it is our pleasure to introduce Wade McCormack.
“I have been running for the last twenty years. I began when training to play Lacrosse for my home town when I was around ten years old. I quickly found that I enjoyed spending time running, it gave me space and time to think and enjoy the outdoors. I ran throughout high school for the cross-country team and dabbled a bit in track. When I went to University for my undergrad and masters I continued to run a bit but it slowly fell off the priority list. When I moved to Scotland in 2013 to being my PhD I fell in love with running again. Running along the seaside and up hills was amazing! I started to race again choosing longer distances, moving up from half marathons to running my first ultra-marathon last year.
“Parkrun was new to me moving over to Scotland, as it had not yet taken off in Canada. I thought, wait, I can run a 5k timed run every week for free? What’s the catch? There is no catch, as I found out, just a great way to meet people and do something that I love doing. Whether I am hammering out a PB attempt, pacing a friend or just going out for a more leisurely Saturday morning run, I always enjoy Parkrun. I love you can go to so many places all around the country and if there is a park with trails or a path, there is likely a Parkrun.
“I was introduced to Ben Waite in early 2018, we bonded over our love of running. A reliable source, Ben’s wife Naomi, told me that we were ‘set-up’, to meet at a mutual friend’s housewarming party. We began our Tuesday night runs shortly after. We shared stories and I joined him doing Parkrun on the weekends. One Tuesday evening, Ben told me about an upcoming challenge he was thinking about with one of his Edinburgh Napier University colleagues, Gary, supporting the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. I was immediately interested in doing what I could to help.”
Gary Seath said:
“I am delighted and honoured Wade will join us on Friday 21 June, whose wealth of running experience is a hugely valuable asset to the team. Having met Wade, I was overwhelmed by his energy and passion for supporting David’s legacy and I know a considerable amount of veterans access adventure training programmes, through his work at Venture Trust. Wade embodies the commando spirit in many ways and I am confident his participation will ensure we are both prepared and ready to meet the challenge ahead.”
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.
The local community commemorated the life of Captain David Seath by running and walking 5K around Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline on Sunday 28 April, raising over £1100 in support of his legacy, which was established in his name following his tragic death running the 2016 London Marathon.
On what proved a wonderful spring day amongst the cherry blossoms of Pittencrieff Park, over one hundred and thirty runners and walkers completed 5K to mark the 3.2 miles Captain David Seath tragically did not finish when he tragically died running the 2016 London Marathon.
Now in its third year, the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K run/walk event contributes to a wonderful sense of community, solidarity and positivity on the day the London Marathon takes place, which brings all ages, abilities and many groups from the local community and beyond together.
The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has raised over £294,000 which has been used to support two hundred and forty-eight personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma, through Help for Heroes, the charity which Captain Seath was running in support of during the London Marathon.
Gary Seath said:
“April is a very difficult time for our family and our 5K commemorative event provides a very important, positive focus on the day the London Marathon takes place. It’s a wonderful experience to warmly welcome so many from the local community to the event, which contributes to a fantastic sense of community spirt, positivity and solidarity.
“Equally, it’s overwhelming to witness attendees of all ages and abilities participate in our event, all of whom are passionate to commemorate David’s life and support his legacy through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. It doesn’t matter whether you complete the 5K distance in seventeen minutes or an hour and a half. What does matter is ensuring everyone who attends experiences the immense feeling of being part of something very special and that their support is greatly appreciated.”
The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund has recently announced that all fundraising will now support the development of Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme in Scotland, through its Band of Brother and Band of Sister Networks.
The funds will be used to support personnel, veterans as well as their loved ones to access vital life-long support at Phoenix House in Catterick as well as an opportunity to engage regularly with one another in communities across Scotland through a range of sporting, educational and social activities.
Chris and Emma Hoefling, said:
“It is inspiring to see the local community coming out to support the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. The event is so accessible; no matter your age or ability, anyone who wants to join in is made to feel welcome and enjoy the day within a picturesque setting and support David’s legacy.”
Ryan Cridland said:
“It proved a fantastic event and we will be back next year. Hopefully both the event and David’s legacy will continue to grow. All those involved should be so proud of what they are continuing to achieve.”
Lorraine Abbot said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed it as I did last year it’s the whole friendly atmosphere when you are there. I am a runner and have done the London marathon but that’s not what I was there for. I am there to support our heroes and raise funds to do this. Roll on the next event.”
The event attracts ex-servicemen and women to participate and make a contribution towards David’s legacy, supporting fellow personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological wounds.
Steve Allwood, a Royal Navy veteran who served in the Falklands Islands campaign, said:
“The Captain David Seath Memorial 5K Run/Walk event was extremely well organised, very friendly and a warm welcome and encouragement is provided to all participants throughout the course in Pittencrieff Park. We are always happy to support a very worthwhile cause.”
Steven Bowman, an Army veteran said:
“As a former serviceman it was a great honour to run the 5k In memory of captain David Seath. A warm welcoming, well run event which supports a fantastic charity in Help for Heroes. I would definitely recommend to people of all ages and abilities to get involved.”
We offer our sincere thanks to 1145 Dunfermline Squadron RAF Air Cadets for their continued support as official Event Marshals. 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. 1145 Squadron continue to raise an incredible amount in support of David’s legacy and have established an annual award in his name.
We also wish to acknowledge the incredible support we continue to receive from both Fife Council and Dunfermline Park Run, who have made an invaluable contribution towards the success of our 5K commemorative event, behind the scenes, for the past three years.
This week we commemorate three years since Captain David Seath tragically died running the #LondonMarathon.
The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was founded to establish a lasting legacy for
David. So far, his legacy has raised over £293,000 which has been used to support #veterans and personnel, living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma, through Help for Heroes Official. We wish to sincerely thank everyone who has generously supported David’s legacy!