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Memorial fund raises £250K for military charity

Memorial fund raises £250K for military charity

Almost a quarter of a million pounds has been raised for charity to commemorate a soldier from Plymouth who died while running the London Marathon this year. Captain David Seath was running the marathon to raise money for Help For Heroes when he collapsed three miles from the finish and couldn't be revived. 

The 31-year-old, who served with the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, has been remembered by friends and family through fundraising efforts to continue his work for Help For Heroes.

His friend Captain James Walker-McClimens started a JustGiving page after his death to keep the donations coming in. David's mother, Libby, and brother, Gary also recently received a Hero Award from the charity for all their hard work fundraising in David's honour. 

In the seven months since his death, they have managed to raise just shy of £250,000 for Help For Heroes, which supports servicemen and women, veterans and their families. The money they have raised has already helped 154 wounded, injured and sick personnel and veterans, which is absolutely amazing. 

Help For Heroes nominated Libby and Gary, along with James, for the Hero Award to recognise the dedication they have shown, as well as their courage for turning such a tragedy into a positive thing. They were given the award at a ceremony held at Tedworth House, one of Help For Heroes' recovery centres.

Libby said: "David lived life to the full, he made the best of every opportunity offered, he loved people and invested in them and as a result, he has left an amazing legacy.

"He absolutely has and we are truly grateful to you all. Thank you all so much.”

David's family set up the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund in May, which has continued with fundraising efforts since, including skydives and champagne teas. It has made an effort to connect with communities across the UK to raise money and inspire others to get involved with Help for Heroes.

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