Major award for Peterhead Sea Cadets

Eileen Buchan is presented with the award from John Parker Jones at the Northern Area Conference
Eileen Buchan is presented with the award from John Parker Jones at the Northern Area Conference

Peterhead Sea Cadets' Unit Management Team has won a top award celebrating the success of the recent programme to refurbish the unit’s headquarters in Peterhead.

Chairperson of the UMT, Eileen Buchan, was presented with the Ledger Trophy at the Sea Cadets Northern Area Conference by MSSC Business Development Director John Parker Jones.

The unit refurbishment is a culmination of a five-year fundraising project to upgrade the building safeguarding it for future generations of Sea Cadets in

Peterhead.

The project started with an ambitious fundraising campaign by the Unit Management Team to raise £150,000 to replace the roof structure and also upgrade facilities.

Work began in August 2015 with the first phase of the project, which involved removing asbestos dust and the asbestos roofing from the building, supported by Peterhead Port Authority who generously funded the removal of the asbestos. The next phase was to replace the roof structure before upgrading the interior of the building, refurbishing the main deck, office and classroom facilities.

While work was carried out at the unit the Sea Cadets were based at Peterhead Marina during the boating season before moving to a temporary base at the Cadet Training Centre in Boddam for winter shore-based activities.

Commenting on the award Eileen said: "Winning the Ledger Trophy is a great honour and culminates five years of fundraising to secure the future of our Sea Cadet premises.

"Achieving our goal has been very much a team effort and we have been overwhelmed by the generous support received from our local community and businesses.”

Captain Peter Adams RN, Northern Area officer said: "I was delighted to see the Ledger Trophy go to the Peterhead Sea Cadets Unit in recognition of the truly outstanding work undertaken by Eileen Buchan and her Unit Management Team that has worked tirelessly over the years to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to house and equip the Peterhead Sea Cadets.

"However, ultimately this money has been raised to help young people get on in life through providing a first-class Sea Cadet experience that instills confidence and values as well as providing skills, qualifications and adventure. Never seeking praise or reward, Eileen and her team are the epitome of selflessness. They are fitting winners of the Ledger Trophy that recognises exceptional achievement, and it is fetching that they have done so with exceptional modesty"

Now that the refurbishment is complete the UMT has embarked on a new challenge focusing on to fundraising for new boats and equipment.

Officer In Charge of TS Caledonia Sub Lt Marleen Mowatt RNR, said: “This award is fantastic recognition for the commitment and dedication of Eileen and her team who have worked tirelessly over the past 5 years to see this project to fruition.”

"Building on the units success Peterhead Sea Cadets are always keen to hear from former cadets and enthusiastic individuals who are interested involunteering with the Sea Cadets to continue their positive work in Peterhead."

Their next fundraiser is the Sea Cadets Christmas Card Collection which starts on Fridayl, December 2 until Thursday, December from 15, from 7pm to 9pm at the Seagate in Peterhead with the card delivery taking place on Saturday, December 17.