Energy firm sees Hartlepool Sea Cadets set for safer future

EDF Energy donation to Hartlepool Sea Cadets
EDF Energy donation to Hartlepool Sea Cadets

A CASH donation has helped to ensure the future of a naval charity.

Hartlepool Sea Cadets is on an ongoing mission to secure funding that will cover its running costs of around £10,000 per year.

It has had a helping hand of EDF Energy Renewables, which owns and operates the Teesside offshore wind farm.

The charity, which equips young people with a wide range of nautical and life skills, said its existence was in jeopardy unless it continued to receive donations in the future. The firm has given a £1,000 donation from its local community benefit fund.

Eric Priest, president of Hartlepool Sea Cadets, said: “We are very grateful for this donation from EDF Energy Renewables.

“Our running costs are an annual overhead and we’re on a continual mission to secure funding to cover the building costs and insurance.”

“We receive no central funding from the Sea Cadets nationally and without donations our unit would close – impacting on the 50 or so young people who attend a least once a week.”

The organisation was established in 1938 and has been a vital part of the local community.

Volunteers provide training on subjects such as sailing and rowing, as well as cooking, swimming and basic engineering.

The principal aim of the charity is to give young people the life skills to secure employment and become well-rounded human beings.

Karl Burns, technician for the wind farm at EDF Energy Renewables, said: “Dozens of young people have benefited from Hartlepool Sea Cadets which is why we are happy to support it through our community benefit fund.

“The charity gives these people the chance to develop key skills that help them to become more responsible, confident human beings.”

EDF Energy Renewables has supported more than 40 local projects and activities through the Teesside Offshore Community Benefit Fund, which was launched last year by the company in partnership with the Tees Valley Community Foundation.

Through the scheme, community groups on Teesside can apply for financial support for projects, activities and events that benefit local people.

The Teesside offshore wind farm has 27 turbines and produces enough low carbon electricity to supply the average annual needs of approximately 40,000 homes.