Tiverton Sea Cadets row the distance for a new minibus

The Tiverton Sea Cadets and their supporters embarked on an ambitious rowing challenge to raise funds for a much-needed new minibus.

Starting on May 27, the team rowed 1,104 miles to Santander on a rowing machine, symbolising a journey from Plymouth to Spain and back. This initiative was organised by Hays Travel and supported by Exe Valley Leisure Centre.

Doc Savage, chairman of the Tiverton Sea Cadet Trust, kicked off the event saying: "Everyone has been invited to join in the effort during the week and have a go, put some money in the tin, and also enter our raffle, which is a whole suitcase full of holiday goodies, including an inflatable duck."

The Tiverton Sea Cadets, ranging in age from 10 to 18, benefit from the support of the Trust.

Doc highlighted the active and vibrant nature of the unit: "The Trust’s role is to raise money for the unit. The unit itself has a wide variety of cadets. They row up and down the canal two to three times a week. It’s a very active unit, a lot of very good cadets doing an awful lot for the community.

"The money for this event today is raising money for a new minibus as our current one is falling apart. We need to raise some money for that. Anyone else who wants to give generously, then the sea cadets need it as it’s an awful lot of expense."

The community’s response has been positive, with many stopping by to check on the progress and contribute: "We’ve had lots of people coming in to see how we're getting on and hopefully they’ve put their hands in their pockets," Doc said.