Last night, I popped in on TS Black Swan, headquarters of Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets. Commanding Officer, John Kelly, and Chair of Trustees, Gail Cramp, introduced me to their local team, gave me an update on the cadets’ latest and upcoming activities, and briefed me on the refurbishment since last year’s floods, which created huge disruption for them.
I met all the cadets, and asked them what they enjoyed about the Sea Cadets, and also what they found the greatest challenge. I also looked in, as two of the more senior cadets led sessions for anti-bullying week.
I am a huge fan of what Sunbury & Walton Sea Cadets offer to local youngsters, in terms of practical training, life skills and self-confidence. A lot of volunteers give up an enormous amount of time to give the cadets some brilliant training, take them out on the water and offer all sorts of excursions and programs all over the country. It is one of my favourite local community groups. They are still getting back on their feet after the floods, so if any local businesses are looking for a worthy community cause, I would thoroughly recommend checking them out.