Canterbury Sea Cadets can announce today that they have been awarded £50,000 of National Lottery money by Sport England as part of their Inspired Facilities Programme. Since their last announcement they have also received a further £20,000 from Viridor Credits, following two earlier tranches totalling £62,000, and their builder, Provian (part of the Brett Group) have given up their profit margin and reduced their quote by £12,000. Together these mean that the Sea Cadets have raised around £290,000 – just enough to commence Phase 1 of the project: the (whole) exterior and ground floor of the building.
Sea Cadet Committee Chairman Jo Rohan said: “It has taken four years of hard work fundraising to come to this point. This will be a dream come true for our youngsters and offers huge opportunities to the wider community and local schools.
Stephen Taylor of The Roger Wenn Partnership, who is managing the project pro bono commented “This is great news and we look forward to working with the Cadets and the rest of the team in delivering the exciting new facility”
Dave Sharpe, unit commander said: “This offers opportunities for walking out in to Kent for day walks, and canoeing and small boating on the river, from Canterbury to Sandwich and an outside area for young people to take part in leadership skills and team work, cooking, camping, squad training ,first aid and lots more.”
Julian Brazier, Sea Cadet president added: ‘Without the help of so many people and organisations we would not have got here. Jo and her committee have raised the money. Stephen is managing the project pro bono. Clague gave us thousands of pounds worth of work unpaid. Provian are quoting at cost and our other Consultants BSF and Kontrax are all working at below market rates, all greatly helping the overall viability of the project. Our generous donors include Viridor Credits, the Marine Society and Canterbury City Council which is giving us a £25,000 grant as well as a lease on the land and has been very helpful in all the negotiations.
Canterbury Sea Cadets are open to young people aged 10-18. Those wishing to join or adults wishing to help should ring Mrs. Jo Rohan on 07925144037or Dave Sharp on 07921 295598.