SEA cadets have scored a quadruple boost after a wave of organisations stepped in to support their future.
A whopping £30,000 donation from Seaham Town Council will help renovate an old building for use by Seaham Sea Cadets so they can use it as their new base, while Seaham Marina has provided a berth so members can moor their boats.
The cadets are hoping to move from their dilapidated home in Princess Road into their new building at the Naval Club in North Terrace in February.
In a further boost, the town’s branch of Sainsbury’s has nominated the unit as its charity of the year, while the mayor, Councillor Barbara Allen, has donated £500 to buy specialist sailing suits for the youngsters.
She said: “On behalf of Seaham Town Council, the councillors all agreed we would like to donate this specialist sailing equipment to the Sea Cadets.
“We hope you find great success with the move into Seaham Marina and the navy club premises and we will provide any assistance we can.”
The cadets are planning to rename their flagship TS Brazen as TS Seaham, in honour of HMS Seaham, a vessel built during the Second World War.
As part of the move, the group is putting together a memorial display of photographs and memorabilia and they are appealing for people who may have had relatives on the ship, to come forward to contribute material.
As the vessel was funded with help from the community, the cadets feel that the display will help to relive this example of community spirit.
Chairman Paul Barber said: “The reason we want to do it is to keep the memory of the HMS Seaham alive and to create a permanent memory.”
The Seaham unit is recruiting young people aged 10 to 18 to join them for adventure and fun both on and off the water.
It is also on the look-out for volunteers to help out behind the scenes. For information, visit www.sea-cadets.org/seaham.