A CUP cake campaign could be a real sweetener for a South Tyneside cadet appeal.
Parents and supporters plan to sell cakes and hot dogs as part of a £9,000 heating appeal by Hebburn Sea Cadets.
The appeal was launched recently after part of the unit’s heating system broke down.
Pubs and firms throughout Hebburn have received appeal letters, asking them to donate cooking ingredients, which will then be used to bake cakes to be sold at the unit headquarters in Prince Consort Road, Hebburn.
The appeal total stands at £2,110, but George Bone, chairman of Hebburn Sea Cadets, said the unit has “more fundraising plans”.
He said: “We have submitted an application for a £5,000 grant to the northern area of the sea cadet movement, and we will hear on April 1 if we have been successful.
“We have also contacted a South Shields company about carrying out the repair work on the heating system, in order to keep this contract local.
“They will hopefully start work, as soon as we have the money available.
“We intend to again approach Hebburn community area forum for further financial support.”
The latest appeal was launched after an earlier crisis hit the unit two years ago, when it was wrecked by flooding.
Mr Bone added: “If all the money comes in, the work on repairing the heating system could start next month.
“We are asking Hebburn companies and pubs to either donate a small amount of cooking ingredients or make a small donation, and I’m sure some will respond.
“After a slow start, the appeal really appears to be taking off.”
Hebburn Sea Cadets has already received financial support from the town’s Iona Club and local industry, including workers based at A&P Tyne shipyard. To donate, call Mr Bone on 07595 050 780 or e-mail email@example.com.