The Sea Cadets is something of a family affair for the Marsh family from near Harrogate.
And they have gone the extra mile – or 60 extra miles to be precise – to raise £500 for their local unit where son George, aged 14, is a cadet and mum Lorraine is a parent volunteer.
“I enjoy cadets because I get to meet new people and have great opportunities to go off-shore,” said George who is a pupil at Rossett High School in Harrogate and has been a cadet with the town’s Sea Cadets for three years.
New skills and fun
“The bonus is getting qualifications and developing new skills whilst having fun. I enjoy the drill and formality and how it builds self-respect and self-discipline. ”
He and mum Lorraine completed the Nidderdale Way in two days – considerably quicker than the three to five days recommended for the trek – and raised sponsorship in the process.
Lorraine said: “Due to Covid-19, units have lost six months of fundraising while still providing the cadets with support though virtual meetings, challenges and sailing. I wanted to set a challenge for myself to do something to help raise some of the lost income to keep the units running.”