CADETS in South Tyneside are riding the crest of a wave after successfully turning up the heat at their headquarters.
Dozens of cadets at the TS Kelly Unit in Prince Consort Road, Hebburn, felt the cold after their heating system broke down.
But a community campaign, backed by companies, clubs and other local organisations, helped raise £9,000 to restore warmth to the unit.
Coun Ernest Gibson, the Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside, was among about 60 guests who celebrated the successful fundraising campaign this week.
George Bone, chairman of Hebburn Sea Cadets, said: “We wanted to say ‘thank you’ to everyone in South Tyneside who supported our campaign.
“It was wonderful the way people and groups rallied round and we could not have reached our target without the backing of the community.”
Other guests at this week’s celebration were members of the local Royal British Legion and the Royal Naval Association from Sunderland.
The cadets, who sold cakes and held various charity events to boost their appeal, received support from the RAOB, South Shields, HB Hydraulics, the Iona Club, Hebburn, Tyne Tunnel operators TT2, Chase Holmes Estate Agents, ID Hair, Hebburn, Cleadon Rotary Club, and Hebburn community area forum.
Mr Bone added: “We also had a welcome £500 donation from Compac Services (NE) Ltd, the South Shields company that installed our new heating system.
“The company made the donation after being very impressed with the attitude of volunteers down at the unit.”
A total of 35 cadets, aged 10 to 18, attend the TS Kelly unit at Hebburn riverside.
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