Hartlepool cadets row around the world

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HARTLEPOOL Sea Cadets joined members from around the UK in a mammoth challenge to row around the world in 80 hours.

Dozens of Teesside cadets racked up 144 miles on rowing machines at The Sports Domes, at Seaton Carew.

That was added to the 24,900 miles covered by 175 Sea Cadet units who were taking part – the equivalent of rowing around the globe.

The challenging effort was the latest in a fundraising campaign to replace the charity’s iconic flagship, TS Royalist, which is now over 40-years-old.

The new ship will cost £5.5m and before the rowing challenge last weekend, the charity had raised more than £4m.

Teesside Sea Cadets are still counting the exact amount of money they raised, but members say it’s between £400 and £500, eclipsing their £250 target.

Clare Braham, Teesside Sea Cadets’ sergeant, said: “We had around 30 cadets taking part and they did a fantastic job.

“It was hard work for them, but the rowing machines were on the go non-stop.

“We’re not sure exactly how much we have raised, but it’s a lot more than we had hoped for.”

TS Royalist takes around 1,500 cadets to sea every year and is used to help young people develop confidence and face challenges away from dry land.

People can still donate to the charity’s fundraising effort by visiting www.justgiving.com/TeessideSeaCadets.