AN SOS by Wisbech Sea Cadets for help to keep the struggling unit afloat has resulted in a small ripple of response.
In August, the Citizen highlighted how TS Falcon could be forced to close if it can’t find £5,000 a year to keep it running along with extra volunteer help.
Fenland MP Steve Barclay saw the story and got in touch with the unit to offer his support. The article also resulted in two new people coming forward with a view to joining the committee.
Peter Harvey, chairman of the unit, which is based at Sandyland, is still beating the drum for funding.
Mr Harvey said he was pleased Mr Barclay had noted the unit’s plight and hopes the MP can use his influence at a higher level to help.
He explained money is the key issue. Unlike the Army and RAF cadet organisations, which have some funding from the military and Ministry of Defence, the Sea Cadets are not supported to the same extent by the Royal Navy and they have to raise their own money.
“I am keen to bang the drum at as high a level as possible and also locally so that someone will see this is singly unfair and will like what the Sea Cadets do and the benefits gained,” said Mr Harvey.
Mr Barclay has met with Mr Harvey and spent time on Thursday with the cadets at their evening meeting.
He told the Citizen: “I have been to a number of groups in the constituency and I think what the Sea Cadets do is fabulous work, it is important for the community.
“I was concerned to learn the unit is facing potential closure and want to lend my support.”
Back in August Mr Harvey warned closure cannot be ruled out if a way can’t be found of ensuring the unit’s financial future.
The unit is still appealing for help from individuals or companies with fundraising or donations.
Newcomers are also welcome to be part of the committee. If you can help contact Mr Harvey via email at: email@example.com
The unit provides twice weekly training for around 30 young people aged 10 to 18 who learn a variety of skills.