Sea Cadets launch national campaign to find old shipmates

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Sea Cadets, one of Britain’s most endearing youth charities, is asking Britain ‘Were you a Sea Cadet?’. Charity records show that over the last 70 years almost one million people have been a Sea Cadet at some point, that’s one person in 60 of the UK population, and the charity wants to reconnect with them to build up a picture of Sea Cadets now and then.

Over the years the charity has seen some famous names grow from ex-Sea Cadets including, Sean Connery, Paul O Grady, Dan Snow, former deputy prime minister John Prescott, jazz musician Kenny Ball and actor Paul Bethany. And with 400 units across the country and 14000 young people taking part every town will have former Sea Cadets in it.

The charity, established in 1854, wants to hear from former cadets who can help the charity, either with a one off donation, a spot of volunteering or who might just be interested to hear what Sea Cadets and in particular, Stonehaven & District Unit, has been up to.

Sea Cadets is driven by the support of the Royal Navy and the 8500 volunteers who help inspire and train young cadets each week. Volunteering is for many a real vocation, but it is often claimed that Sea Cadets is one of the country’s best kept secrets, yet with one in every 60th person having been a Sea Cadet it seems everyone should know a former Sea Cadet.

Across the UK 14000 young people aged between 10 and 18 get involved in Sea Cadet activities, learning vital life skills like leadership and team working via challenging adventure activities on a naval theme. They can earn extra qualifications too which can boost confidence and give young people a head start in life. This is only possible with the incredible support of volunteers who use their own skills, knowledge and experience to guide, coach and encourage the next generation of sailors.

Former Sea Cadets can get in touch with the charity by visiting the website: <> , emailing us at or call: 01569 762918 or write to us at: ‘I was a former Sea Cadet’, Stonehaven & District Sea Cadets, Unit Headquarters, High Street, Stonehaven.