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TWO DOVER & DEAL SEA CADETS AWARDED SURPRISE P&O FERRIES BURSARY
TWO lucky local sea cadets have been awarded a surprise P&O Ferries bursary worth £275 each at the Annual Sea Cadets Awards and Presentations Evening in Dover last week.
The special P&O Ferries bursary was awarded to Leading Cadet Laura Potts (17), who was named ‘2017 Cadet of the Year’, and Cadet First Class Alex Blyth (13), who was named ‘Most Improved Cadet’, respectively. Laura and Alex did not know about the special award, which was presented by P&O Ferries’ Corporate Communications Officer, Jacqueline Burns (pictured), in front of 30 other friends, cadets and juniors from the Dover & Deal Sea Cadets, which forms part of the UK’s oldest nautical youth charity.
The bursary allows Laura and Alex to take part in a week-long training exercise onboard a dedicated vessel, learning many different vital skills including teamwork, navigation, engineering, meteorology and catering. They will be onboard 6 days/5 nights and make long term friendships built upon fun and adventurous activities.
The award ceremony was held in front of a packed audience of 180 people, at Dover Town Hall, with live music, and a video of the previous years’ achievements. As a Sea Cadet you can go to sea, learn to sail and do adventure training, plus get extra skills to give you a great head start in life.
Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries will be visiting the Unit on 18 May 2017 with a presentation on careers at P&OF to the whole unit.
SLt (SCC) Sarah Butler RNR said: “Dover and Deal Sea Cadets is very grateful to P&O Ferries for this sponsorship. The bursaries will provide the opportunity for these two cadets to experience life onboard one of our three offshore vessels (TS Royalist – sail training brig, TS Jack Petchey and TS John Jerwood – both motor training vessels) learning many different skills including teamwork, navigation, engineering, meteorology and catering. They will be on board 6 days/5 nights and make long term friendships built upon such adventurous experiences. Bursaries of such training enables young people from varied backgrounds and often with limited family resource to be able to experience this often once in a lifetime opportunity.”
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