A SEA cadets groups has secured the long-term future of its base thanks to a charitable donation.
Hartlepool Sea Cadets had leased its headquarters at the town’s marina since the purpose-built facility opened in 2000.
But a £100,000 donation from the charity, Hartlepool Youth, has ensured the sea cadets will have a permanent, independent base for decades to come.
Paul Harrison, treasurer of Hartlepool Sea Cadets, said: “This is a fantastic location for the sea cadets and we could not have it any better, being so close to the marina and all the facilities we have here.
“With Hartlepool being such a proud maritime town, we have an active sea cadets and securing ownership of our HQ means that we can look forward to a very active future.”
Hartlepool Youth is a charitable trust that aims to improve the lives of young people by providing leisure and recreational facilities and opportunities.
Founded in 1932 as West Hartlepool Boys’ Welfare Club, the charity has helped shape the lives of thousands of youngsters.
Charity chairwoman Jeanette Henderson said: “At Hartlepool Youth, we are all about helping young people achieve their potential via leisure and sports, and we were happy to assist the sea cadets in securing their base so it can be enjoyed for many years to come.”