SEA cadets are appealing to local businesses to help them sail through the financial storm.
The men and women who run TS Deva Sea Cadets have been established since 1943 – but its future now hangs in the balance as a shortage of funding threatens its survival.
Bosses at the Chester branch of the Sea Cadets say they cannot rely on the donations and support of parents who send their 10-18 year old children to the site on Crane Wharf, Crane Street, Chester twice a week.
Josie Parry from the unit is appealing to local businesses to offer help to shoulder the day-to-day costs of running the building.
She has asked supermarket giants Sainsbury's if the cadets can pack bags to rise money and is enquiring with B&Q and Abbey Glass about the possibility of aquiring unwanted returns and off cuts.
“The floorboards on the top deck are the most important. One or two people started to say they're putting their heels through.
“I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
“It costs us £2,400 for insurance alone and we estimate it costs £8-10,000 just to keep the building running.
“The Ministry of Defence don't support it and it's a listed building so anything that's done needs to be done the way they want.
“Things have got to be put back in the same state they were in in the first place which adds to the expense again.”
The unit operates as an independent charitable organisation with the backing and support of the national organisation.
If you are aged between 10 and 18 and live in the Chester area and want to have fun, make new friends, learn new sports and much more, then call the organisation on 01244 315604 or just come along.