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Sea Cadets appeal for HMS Sheffield memorial minibus

Sea Cadets may not be able to do activities without a minibus

Sea Cadets may not be able to do activities without a minibus

A Sheffield charity which provides activities for youngsters has issued an urgent appeal for help to raise money for a new minibus.

Sheffield Sea Cadets, based in Stanley Street, need to raise about £7,500 after their current vehicle broke down. Group members are set to make their new bus a memorial and tribute to HMS Sheffield.

The charity, which has naval ties, wants to buy a silver minibus and call it The Shiny Sheff after the ship which was sunk during the Falklands War in 1982.

Unit leaders say the bus is vital to the group, being used to transport youngsters to training in Stocksbridge as well as for programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Unit chairwoman Teresa Smith said: “If we don’t have transport then we can’t take them anywhere. It’s fundamental to the training programme we have for the cadets.

“We go sailing at Stocksbridge and take them across the area. They just can’t go on the courses unless we make other arrangements for transport, which we can’t afford.

“We need it the sooner the better. It’s so important to get a replacement.”

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation has already promised the unit a donation of £2,500 - but only if it can raise the other £5,000 soon.

Vice chair Yvonne McDonagh said: “They have pledged us the money but it’s on condition we raise the rest in a year. We are doing everything we can to raise it, and all our usual fundraising.

“It’s the major bugbear of our officer in charge that there’s no official HMS Sheffield memorial. We preferably want a silver one so we can call it The Shiny Sheff.”

 

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