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November 30th 2016

Community gets on board with Kettering Sea Cadets’ SOS plea after fire

Damage from the fire at Kettering Sea Cadets 2

Damage from the fire at Kettering Sea Cadets

Kettering Sea Cadets have started a fund-raising initiative to help them get shipshape after the Wicksteed Park boat shed was destroyed by fire last week.

Thanks to a wonderful response from the local community, they have already raised over £3,000 of the £5,000 they are looking to get together to replace equipment lost in the blaze on Tuesday, 15 November.

Damage from the fire at Kettering Sea Cadets

Kit built up over the last 10 years including sailing equipment, musical instruments for the band, engines and an all-important safety boat was destroyed in the fire.

Insurance will cover some, but not all, of the costs of replacing the equipment but to ensure cadets have the same opportunities as ever in 2017, they have launched a Just Giving appeal that’s already being warmly backed by the local community.

Andy Barnwell, Chairman of the Kettering Sea Cadets, said: “The cadets were absolutely devastated when they found out about the fire, but since then we have been on the move to put things right again.

“We all know we’ll never get back what the kit is actually worth to us and has taken over 10 years to build up.

Damage from the fire at Kettering Sea Cadets 3

“We’ll also need new storage facilities which will need ‘kitting’ out, but our aim is to have everything sorted so that our 55 plus cadets will be back on the water on 1st April 2017, ready for the new season.

“It’s a tall order but I like a challenge and the supportive response we have had so far has been tremendous.”

The Kettering Sea Cadets’ Just Giving page can be found athttps://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sea-cadets

 

“The cadets were absolutely devastated when they found out about the fire, but since then we have been on the move to put things right again."