Last Saturday we included in the news update a piece on the Dartford and Crayford Seas Scouts Unit.   They had reported that they were presently in a critical financial crisis.  The basic running costs of the Unit amounts to about £11000 a year and without further income, there is only enough money to run the Unit until the end of this month. The sad fact is that without further income, the unit faces closure after providing more than 70 years service to the youth of Dartford and Crayford.

They have now provided an update to their plight.  Dartford and Crayford Sea Cadets Unit which has been in existence since 1942, when and since then, it has trained thousands of cadets, many have gone in to the Royal Navy. They get no financial help from the Government towards our running costs as they are a registered charity.  They may soon have to sink below the waves unless they get help now.  If you would like to make a donation, you can do so easily by texting ANSN01 plus an amount (£1, £2, £5 or £10) to 70070 (i.e. to donate £10 text ANSN01 £10″ to 70070).  You can add Gift Aid to your donation by following the instructions in the reply message; this enables the taxman to give an additional 25% on top of your donation at no cost to you.

For the longer term, some of the measures that they are looking into to with a view to helping their financial situation are:-

  • Capital grants to help install solar panels for heating and water which hopefully might generate a small income from selling it back to the grid.
  • Talks with Dartford Council with a view to a reduction in rent and variation of the lease which would allow the venue to be hired out, not to sub-let as such, which is against the lease.
  • Looking in to the possibility of getting major grant funding to rebuild the venue to be able to derive an income from it.
  • Selling a professional photoshoot package which would generate a percentage of sales from as well as a calendar.

To keep up to date with their progress, their website can be found at sea-cadets.org/dartfordcrayford; on Facebook at Dartford and Crayford Sea Cadets and on Twitter @TS_Anson

About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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