GROUPS of cadets had a huge boost when a council granted them £14,000 towards a new minibus.
Fareham Borough Council agreed to provide the 1350 Fareham and District Squadron in Farm Road, Titchfield, with the grant as it needed a new minibus for the excursions the cadets take across the area.
The council agreed to pay for half of the minibus on the condition that the cadets found the remaining cash themselves.
And they’ve now managed to raise the remaining £14,000 they needed by applying for a variety of grants from trusts and county councillors in and around the area.
A total of 85 cadets will benefit from the new minibus, as it will also be used by a group in Portchester.
Commanding Officer Brett Beaumont said: ‘It’s great news. It’s what we need to deliver things for the cadets and for all the activities. It allows us to take as many cadets away as we can.
‘The old vehicle was 15 years old and it was on its last legs. ‘It will be fantastic. It means they don’t have to worry about taking the vehicle on too long a journey. It will be a safe journey for them and will really will help them out.’
The cadets, aged between 13 and 20, take part in a variety of events across the area.
This includes adventure training, abseiling, shooting, BTEC qualifications and the Duke of Edinburgh award.
‘It’s a good opportunity that presents itself,’ added Mr Beaumont. ‘We put the application in and it came to fruition. We are grateful to all of those who contributed.
‘Hopefully we will get the new minibus within the next two or three months. We want it in place for the summer camp before we go away for weeks on end.’
Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘They take young people in and give them extremely worthwhile training and discipline. I was in that squadron when I was that age and I found it to be a great benefit.
‘They do absolutely excellent work and that’s why I was pleased to support them.’