£1k cash boost for borough sea cadets

A community group has been awarded £1,000 towards two weekend excursions for borough youngsters.

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets were given the cash raised through Sport Relief by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland .

The cash will pay for two weekends away at Derwenthaugh Boat Station enabling them to work towards a variety of boating qualifications, as well as having some fun and adventure on the river Tyne.

Commanding officer Jane Fox said: “Whitley Bay Sea Cadets strive to give young people from our region the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and fun and we are thrilled and feel very humbled to have been given this amazing opportunity.

“Cadet feedback from the first weekend has been fantastic, and we are really looking forward to our weekend in August.”

Mark Pierce, head of policy, projects and programmes at the Community Foundation, added: “Organisations such as the sea cadets not only teach young people valuable life skills and accredited qualifications but they can help raise the aspirations of young people and you never know, maybe in the future there will be a lot more super-yachts harboured on our quayside.”

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets are currently recruiting young people aged ten to 18 to join them for nautical adventure and fun, go to www.sea-cadets.org/whitleybay for more information.