Dover and Deal Sea Cadets
There are some 400 Sea Cadet units around the UK, providing an environment where young people in the community can receive instruction in naval tradition and practice, often provided by former naval officers. Each Sea Cadet Unit has charitable status, and raises its own funds to meet running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC – the Marine Society & Sea Cadets. The Sea Cadets Corps works in partnership with the Royal Navy and receives support from commercial shipping companies and other organisations in the Maritime sector. Its core purpose is to celebrate Britain’s maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.
Dover and Deal Sea Cadets catchment area includes Folkestone and Canterbury, as well as Dover and Deal. In 2015 the unit requested a grant from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust towards the purchase of a new safety boat and trailer, to replace a 30 year-old boat that lacked speed and capacity. The new 4.8 metre custom-built rescue and safety boat is expected to have a 20- to 30-year life span.