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Sailing on the seas of success thanks to £10,000 donation Sailing on the seas of success thanks to £10,000 donation

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Published by Michelle Hallmark for Walsall Housing Group in Housing

A donation of £10,000 has been given to a community cause that works to support young people across Walsall.

Walsall Sea Cadets, established in 1943, has received a much needed boost thanks to leading housing provider whg.

 The organisation, which uses water-based activities as a way of encouraging young people to play a positive role in society, plans to splash the cash on a new minibus and office equipment. Its previous mini bus had to be scrapped after it caught fire following a return journey from a competition in Portsmouth, leaving expensive hire as the group’s only option.

The remaining £5,000 has been invested in computers, printers, tables and chairs for the Walsall-based unit, making life easier for the twelve local staff operating the day-to-day procedures that enable the operation to sail smoothly.      

Anne Daker, a volunteer on the Walsall Sea Cadets Committee, said: “The whg grant has made a substantial difference. Our eighty local sea cadets can now look forward to benefitting from transport to and from competitions that they work so hard to participate in.

“Also, our - often-forgotten - twelve hard-working local staff now have the resources they need to keep our Sea Cadets riding the current wave of good fortune.”

The housing provider has handed out the grant as part of its Local Neighbourhood Fund. The fund is managed by five local committees and is used to support community-based projects. Since it launched in 2009 more than £500,000 worth of grants have been allocated to local community causes.

Gary Brookes at whg said: “We are delighted to have been able to help out in this way. Supporting well-run organisations which demonstrate how they improve the quality of life for individuals and health and sense of community in our neighbourhoods is of vital importance to us.”

Other organisations benefiting from the latest round of funding include Short Heath Royal British Legion branch and Brownhills Memorial Hall, WS3 Kids Oasis Camp which received £950 to help take young people on a week-long summer camp and a £900 grant for North Willenhall and Bloxwich Model Railway Club for a scheme to enable young and older people to create a model railway.

Customers with potential projects can call whg to discuss the Local Neighbourhood Fund on 0300 555 6666.

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