A REMEMBRANCE event in honour of a late Crossgates Army captain is to overcome Coronavirus and take place virtually.

In April, the family and friends of Captain David Seath had been due to come together for a 5k memorial run, for the fourth successive year, in his memory, only for the COVID-19 pandemic to intervene.

It has been held each year in Dunfermline's Pittencrieff Park on the same date as the London Marathon to raise money for charity in honour of Captain Seath, who passed away while taking part in that event in 2016, aged 31.

Running in aid of Help for Heroes, he died after suffering a cardiac arrest just three miles short of the finish line and, following his passing, his family founded the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund in his memory.

Providing support for more than 800 armed forces personnel, veterans living with life-changing physical injuries and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and their families via Help for Heroes' Fellowship Programme, the memorial fund has raised more £315,000 through a host of fundraising events.

Although they had to cancel this year's event, which was due to take place on April 26, the memorial fund have arranged for a virtual version to take place on Sunday October 4.

Captain Seath's brother, Gary, explained: "Going virtual means it’s not simply about running or walking this year; we warmly welcome any activity where you can complete 5K in support of David's legacy. Cycling, rowing, kayaking, running, orienteering, walking, hiking, swimming or even playing nine holes of golf – the list is endless!

"One way in which the funds raised in David’s name have been used concerns the development of regular creative therapy workshops for members across Scotland.

"Members have, and continue, to participate in a wide range of workshops focusing on painting, pottery, photography, poetry and woodwork. The workshops warmly welcome both members and their families to participate in the sessions and what has been produced is the physical embodiment of many emotive and inspirational stories concerning the powerful impact of creative therapy.

"Previously, donations were used to support wounded, injured and sick personnel through Help for Heroes’ Quick Reaction Fund (QRF). A total of 248 welfare grants were awarded in David's name, which provided specialist sports therapy 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."

Taking part costs £5 and, to take part, visit https://captainseathmemorialfund.blog/cdsmfvirtual5k/ to register.