The Promenades Shopping Centre has named the Bridlington Sea Cadets as its Charity of the Year 2018.
The announcement follows an invitation to the people of the town to nominate the charity they want the Promenades to work with over the next 12 months. A total of 20 nominations were received from the community, which was whittled down to a shortlist of five deserving causes who went on to be interviewed as part of the process.
Bridlington Sea Cadets were chosen as the Charity of the Year 2018 and will now benefit from the centre’s fundraising support, with a series of events organised to raise money.
As well as being Charity of the Year 2018, the Bridlington Sea Cadets will also partner the Promenades on the Promenades Extraordinary People Awards 2018, an annual awards ceremony that has become a highlight of the town’s social events calendar.
Carl Brown, centre manager for The Promenades, said: “We are absolutely delighted to name Bridlington Sea Cadets as our Charity of the Year. The nominations allowed the people of Bridlington to decide who should benefit from our fundraising support over the next year, so this is very much the people’s choice.
“We were overwhelmed by the response and it was a difficult job to pick an overall winner from so many worthy causes but after a tough process we were unanimous in our decision to support Bridlington Sea Cadets, who do so much wonderful work with the young people of the town. We’re looking forward to the year ahead and all of our customers supporting the charity to make a real difference to the work that they do.”
Bob Taylor, head of fundraising of the Bridlington Sea Cadets, said: “We are thrilled to be named as the Promenades’ Charity of the Year, especially as the selection process gave the judges such a difficult decision to make. We offer our cadets, who are aged 10-18 years, fun, friendship, adventure and the opportunity to learn new skills with waterborne and land-based activities and great facilities.
“Bridlington Sea Cadets is part of the Sea Cadet Corps, a nationwide voluntary uniformed organisation, the Sea Cadets are one of the oldest youth groups in the country going back more than 160 years.
“Working with the Promenades on a variety of fundraising events over the next 12 months will help us raise money to keep making a difference for our cadets. As well as supporting all the activities we offer, fundraising allows us to reduce the cost of training courses and voyages for our cadets.”
The Promenades Extraordinary People Awards, which celebrates the hard work of individuals and unsung heroes in Bridlington, will also raise funds for Bridlington Sea Cadets.