11:18AM, Tuesday 12 May 2015
Fundraising has begun to raise the £65,000 needed for the Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets to secure their base for another 30 years.
The TS Windsor Castle is the oldest unit in the Sea Cadet Corps and has been based at its current location in Stovell Road since 1986.
Their patron is the Queen and the unit was first established in 1899.
However, the lease on the council-owned property ends next year and the charity has 10 months to raise the funds to secure the lease for a further 30 years.
Plans to raise the cash needed include a three peaks challenge in September and the group are keen to hear from anyone interested in helping with the fundraising.
Caroline Levy, whose daughter Sophie joined the cadets when she was 12, spoke about the good work the group does.
“It gives them such a good footing in life. It teaches them so much,” she said, adding Sophie was quite shy when she first joined. “She has just flourished. It is such an important part of the community.”
She added they are determined they will get the money somehow.
Seventeen-year-old Sophie, who was the Berkshire District Lord Lieutenant Cadet for 2014-15, passed the Cadet Aviation Instructor qualification in October and so far is the first and only cadet in the country to achieve this.
“She has learned to fly before she has learned to drive a car,” a proud Caroline told the Express.
The Duke of Edinburgh visited the group last summer at an open day, where Sophie presented him with a plaque bearing the group’s badge.
The sea cadets range in age between 10-18.
Activities the cadets take part in include watersports, camping, seamanship, first aid, weapons training, fieldcraft and map reading.
The unit is run entirely by volunteers.
To find out more and to contact the group, visit www.sea-cadets.org/windsoreton.
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