crisis hits Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets
future of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's long-running Sea Cadets
unit is under threat due to a funding crisis prompted by the loss
of a major sponsor, it has emerged this week.
Roberts, Chairwoman of the group, attended a meeting of the Town
Council to appeal for grant funding of £2,000 to keep it running.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were self-sufficient until last
year but are really struggling without our main sponsor."
are finding fundraising incredibly difficult and have been cutting
back on costs. We've
applied for many different grants from different organisation but
many don't provide funding for running costs - they are for specific
projects. We need a one-off grant to keep running for the forseeable
pictured, added: "A further blow has been the loss of our unit's
minibus after it failed its MoT. This is a catastrophe for us -
we depend on it for getting our cadets to events."
Janet Keen said: "Of all the youth groups in the area, I think
our cadet units are among the most important providers of youth
services. They provide a solid foundation for the rest of their
young people's lives. It's particularly distressing to hear that
the Sea Cadets only have enough funding to the end of May."
councillors awarded a grant to the unit of £1,000 to safeguard
the organisation through to the autumn until its new management
team has had time to put plans in place for the group's future.
Top, Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets last year and, above,
Chairwoman Carol Roberts at this week's council meeting