Splash cash for sea cadets

PEOPLE are being encouraged to jump aboard and help raise vital funds for the Ipswich Sea Cadets.Work has already started on the Ipswich Sea Cadet's new headquarters to be based at Ipswich Docks.

PEOPLE are being encouraged to jump aboard and help raise vital funds for the Ipswich Sea Cadets.

Work has already started on the Ipswich Sea Cadet's new headquarters to be based at Ipswich Docks.

But £60,000 needs to be raised for the building, which will be used for teaching and drill work and have disabled access.

Cadet chairman Peter Thompson said the building, near the lightship, should be completed in the next five weeks.

So far £6,000 has been raised for the project but organisers are hoping for the tide to turn and donations to flood in.

Mr Thompson said: "By making a donation it is a great way of investing in young people's future.

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"If we do not support the young people of today we are in trouble.

"It is youth organisations like this that make for a better future in the long run and we need adults to encourage this."

Space limitations mean they cannot recruit more until the new building is finished.

Altogether there are 30 Ipswich Sea Cadets aged 11 to 18 years but it is hoped this figure will swell to 80.

Cadets are highly disciplined and are taught a host of skills such as sailing, power boating, rowing and general seamanship work.

They also help out in the community at functions and fundraising events.

Although it is not a recruiting organisation for the navy, many cadets do go on to pursue a career in the forces.

If you can help or would like to make a donation, please contact Peter Thompson on 01473 – 747983.

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