Two years after their minibus “lifeline” was stolen, Preston Sea Cadets have finally raised enough money to buy a new vehicle.
The 15-year-old bus was taken from the organisation’s headquarters on Strand Road in 2012 and later found abandoned with significant damage.
Now, thanks to some serious fundraising and selling off of equipment, the cadets are back on the road.
Chairman, Steve Hills, said: “We have dedicated the bus to the memory of our former chairman and President, Richard ‘Dick’ Cauces, whose legacy fund kick-started our appeal and whose decades of hard work and commitment raised the funds for the equipment we sold and the purchase of the previous minibus.
“It has come just in time for the summer boating season so the bus will be used to transport the cadets to the marina to do their boating activities and will be used to take them on courses and companions.”
Both cadets and volunteers held jumble and table top sales, race nights, bag packs, sponsored walks and opened their gates at weekends to offer refreshments to those using the Guild wheel to raise money.
Steve added: “We also raised enough to insure the bus for a year and in August we have been give the opportunity to take our young cadets to the French battle fields for the anniversary of the First World War.
“This has been kindly given to us by two brothers and former Marine Cadets who went on to serve in HM Royal Marine and now do battle field tours, as a thank you to Preston Sea Cadets for the great times that had in their youth.”
Steve said: “We still need to maintain the bus as well as look after our building and fund activities.
“We are also looking to raise money for our aging drill deck that is nearly 100 years old and is the last remaining part of a field hospital set up on Moor Park for injured soldiers returning from the front lines.”
Anyone who wishes to help as a volunteer or to help with finding funds and helping with fundraising event should contact Prestonscc@gmail.com