April 8th 2021

Rushden Sea Cadets Get Active To Fight The Lockdown Blues

Rushden Sea Cadets World Health Day

Rushden Sea Cadets

After 12-months of living with COVID-19, many of us are struggling to stay fit and healthy, but following ‘World Health Day’ a group of volunteer staff and youngsters from Rushden Sea Cadets have found a great way to keep themselves and their supporters active, in a bid to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

The Olympic Games will be taking place in Tokyo this summer, after being postponed last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, so the Sea Cadets decided to set themselves an incredible challenge. Together with their supporters, they have been working as a team to walk, cycle, row, swim or run from Rushden to Tokyo, with the aim of getting there before the opening ceremony on 23 July. That’s a total distance of 8,900 miles, travelling (virtually) through 24 countries!

Rushden Sea Cadets Olympic Route

Rushden Sea Cadets Olympic Challenge Route

David Pickles, who is Chairman of Rushden Sea Cadets and the challenge organiser said:

The main purpose of this challenge is to motivate people to get outside and keep active. The pandemic is having an impact on everybody’s lives and regardless of age, this has been a challenge for many of us, including isolation from friends, being confined to our homes, or worries that family or friends might get sick, and all of this is naturally taking its toll on our wellbeing.”

As well as boosting their physical and mental wellbeing, the event is also raising sponsorship money to help fund a series of fun activities for the cadets once lockdown restrictions ease. As with many charities, fundraising opportunities have been extremely limited over the past 12-months and the group relies on donations to be able to keep supporting local youngsters. They’ve raised almost £500 so far, but if you’d like to help them out you can visit their JustGiving page:

Rushden Sea Cadets is part of the national Marine Society and Sea Cadets Charity – a youth organisation that provides a wide range of fun activities to over 15,000 youngsters between the age of 10-18, at almost 400 locations throughout the UK. There is so much more to Sea Cadets than you’d imagine – as well getting involved in fun and challenging activities, such as sailing, windsurfing, rowing and power boating, they also learn about aviation, cyber security, catering and many other activities – all whilst gaining confidence and learning skills for life.

You can learn more about Rushden Sea Cadets by visiting their webpage or find them on Facebook @SeaCadetsRushden or Instagram @SeaCadetsRushden

“The main purpose of this challenge is to motivate people to get outside and keep active." - Chairman of Rushden Sea Cadets, David Pickles.