Race to raise cash for Scout HQ
IT IS a race against time for St Austell Sea Cadets as they look to raise the rest of the cash needed to buy the land their HQ currently sits on.
The group has managed to raise £60,000 of the £80,000 they need to purchase the land in just six weeks.
Sea cadets from TS Hood have been looking for a new home since 2014 when the group, which has been based in Boscarne Crescent, Mount Charles, since 1975, was told it must vacate the premises as the owner was looking to build on the land.
Now the land underneath their HQ has gone up for sale and the group has been offered first refusal.
The sea cadets have raised £60,000, helped by a £10,000 grant from St Austell Town Council, and at a meeting with councillors commanding officer Benjamin Nash said their headquarters in London had now agreed in principle to give £50,000 towards the cost of the project.
A Crowdfunding page has now been set up to help find the last £20,000 needed to buy the property.
A spokesman from the sea cadets explained: “Unfortunately, two years ago we were given the news that when the lease of the land was up our landlord wished to develop the site. The two years are up in June.
“Recently, the landlord has been successful in achieving his planning permission. However, he has now offered St Austell Sea Cadets first refusal to purchase the land for £80,000, before going to auction.
“We have managed to secure £60,000 of this already in just six weeks. We have exhausted all options for St Austell Sea Cadets to move to an alternative premises and although we have tried, nothing has been sufficient for our needs.
“We now need to raise the remaining £20,000 to secure the future of St Austell Sea Cadets as a well-run, thriving unit to support the young people of St Austell and its surrounding areas.
“We have 30 cadets between 10 and 18 years old and staff volunteers with new interest weekly. It would be a real shame for us to close due to something that is potentially within our reach.”
Anyone who is able to donate should visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/land-purchase?utm_source=pledgethanks&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=facebookshare&utm_content=2017-04-06T18%3A39%3A26%2B0100