Donations pour in after Captain David Seath dies during London Marathon

The army officer was running to raise funds for Help for Heroes, but collapsed and died just before the finish; more than £130,000 has been pledged on two fundraising pages

Captain David Sneath
Captain David Sneath

Donations of more than £130,000 have been made to Help for Heroes in just 24 hours in memory of an army officer who collapsed while running the London Marathon on Sunday.

Captain David Seath, who was 31 and was running to raise funds for H4H, suffered a suspected heart attack at the 23-mile mark and died later in hospital.

His fundraising page on the website JustGiving had received donations totalling more than £54,000 for the charity as of Tuesday morning.

A page set up in his memory by Seath’s friends had attracted further donations of more than £77,000 at the same stage on Tuesday.

This page says his friends and colleagues are planning to walk in his honour the final three miles of the marathon route from the point at which he collapsed on Sunday.

Seath’s own page, which had an original fundraising target of £250, has received more than 3,300 donations while the other page has taken more than 5,000.

Seath’s mother Libby said in a statement: "David has achieved more in 31 years than most people do in 70. He lived his life on the edge and to the full. He was running to raise money for Help for Heroes, a cause which was very important to him."

Bryn and Emma Parry, co-founders of Help for Heroes, said in a statement yesterday: "David was doing something extraordinary by running the London Marathon to fundraise and support his fellow soldiers who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses.

"Help for Heroes sees every fundraiser as one of team Help for Heroes and we are devastated by the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his regiment and his friends."

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