On 17-21 April a team of Sea Cadets will be rowing the length of the Thames to raise funds to replace their flagship TS ROYALIST.
Whether at sea or on land, the Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development - by learning new skills and working in teams - we offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.
Established in 1856 the Sea Cadets was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the unit building.
Today, 14,000 young people based in 400 units in towns, cities and ports across the UK are challenging themselves and developing new skills, like sailing, boating and rock climbing - supported by 9,000 volunteers, biggest supporter is the Royal Navy, plus we receive corporate support from the commercial Maritime sector.
We run a fleet of small boats for training purposes, and have a fantastic flagship, TS ROYALIST, a Tall Ship which has, for the past 42 years, provided opportunities for 12-18 year-olds to experience life at sea in a unique environment, and pick up some very valuable sailing and life skills along the way. Unfortunately, like all good things, ROYALIST is coming to an end and needs replacing. We have been lucky in securing a great deal of support from our many friends in the wider world of business and the community, but need to find a proportion of the replacement cost from our own resources.
To that end, a team of hardy souls from the Sea Cadets Headquarters, aided by Abingdon Sea Cadets (TS Marlborough), are rowing the length of the Thames, from Abingdon to Tower Bridge, between 17-21 April. Whilst this is going on, units from all over the country will also be rowing, paddling or finding other fun ways to cover the entire distance around the globe in order to help raise the funds to replace ROYALIST. The team will be leaving Abingdon at 7 am on the morning of Thursday 17th April.
Lieutenant Kev Anderson, as well as being a serving Naval Officer, currently at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, at Shrivenham, is the CO of TS Marlborough and will be one of the rowers going from Abingdon to London, whilst many of the unit’s staff and cadets will be found in Abingdon Market Place at the same time, on rowing machines, trying to row further than he does.
Please consider helping him raise his target of £500, by either visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/events/rowtheworld/95804, or you may wish to spend a pleasant day in Abingdon, and make a contribution to the team in Abingdon Market Place, on Saturday 20 April.