For some years now we have supported the Edmonton Sea Cadets. They form the carpet guard at our Mansion House banquet and also the “cadet of the year” receives the Robert Thomas Memorial Award – in memory of our Past Master.
This year the charitable trust awarded them a grant of £3,000 and this is what their chairman said:
“On behalf of our Unit, I am writing to thank the Worshipful Company of Actuaries for their most generous donation. Needless to say it is very much appreciated and will be put to good use on behalf of the Cadets. In particular, we would like to thank the Master for being instrumental in initiating the generous increase in your donation- very much appreciated.
This year, we will be sending more cadets to experience off-shore sailing, thanks to your Company. Also we will be able to ensure their attendance-more than ever before- at both local and national courses; maintaining the minibus is expensive but since we are so inconveniently located it has really helped this year in getting cadets to their training events.
Individual bursaries will be offered to those who cannot attend such courses as seamanship, sailing, first aid and drill due to financial hardship.
Significantly, this year will see the commencement of the London Energy rebuild- and consequently it will also herald the start of our nomadic future; for approximately 2 years after the demolition of our present abode, we will be housed in a series of different rooms in London Energy buildings, surrounded by an enormous building site. As you can imagine, this will be a trying period- we will have to work hard to keep the Unit going. This is where your donation will be especially supportive – in being able to transport cadets to where our boats are moored for example; to help pay for the boat storage and to continue our programme of off-site training.
Additionally, James would like me to say how much he and the cadets enjoyed the Carpet Guard duty at the Mansion House dinner. It is a very special occasion for them- they have a glimpse into a world very different to their own; they feel proud and privileged to be part of such an evening. James himself was impressed by the extremely warm welcome extended to them all. Thank you.
We are always very grateful for the WCA’s generosity; your support is massively appreciated, contributing as it does to facilitating the development of these largely underprivileged young people.
I look forward to seeing you at some point in the autumn, in the meantime,