A GROUP of sea cadets who were targeted by vandals are a step closer to getting back on the water thanks to a donation.
After seeing the story about the problem faced by Hebburn and Sunderland Sea Cadets, members of Sunderland Rotary Club extended a special invitation to chairman George Bone.
We’ve raise around £1,500 so far, which is a great start, but we still need a lot more to get the boats and get the kids back out on the water.George Bone, chairman, Sea Cadets unit management committee
George visited the Ashbrooke-based club and was presented with a cheque for £500 towards the cadets’ £10,000 fundraising target.
The cadet unit, based at Prince Consort Road, in Hebburn, are aiming to raise the funds after their rowing boats were so badly vandalised they were left condemned – meaning they were stranded on land.
They want to raise the funds to buy two Trinity 500 boats – specifically designed by the Navy and the sea cadets – which cost £2,950 each.
They also need the cash to turn an old rifle range at the building into a secure boat storage area and classroom.
Rotary Club member, Brian Dodds, said: “Our president Phil Rudd saw the story and wanted to help.
“We didn’t realise until after we contacted George that the club was merged with the Sunderland cadets, after its premises in Hendon burned down.
“The sea cadets is a very worthwhile organisation, with lots of volunteers, and we’re hoping to help get them back on the water.”
Mr Bone, chairman of the Sea Cadets unit management committee, added: “We’re very grateful for the money, which we’ll be putting towards our new boats.
“We’ve raise around £1,500 so far, which is a great start, but we still need a lot more to get the boats and get the kids back out on the water.”