During the current coronavirus lockdown, and just a few weeks before their 13th birthdays, Cardiff Sea Cadets Harry Mullan and Finan Simmons watched a MacMillan Cancer Support TV advert.

Knowing that this particular charity had close links to Harry’s family, the two boys decided they should do something special to raise money for such a worthy cause.  So instead of having their joint virtual birthday party, as was originally intended, they decided upon a non-stop 24-hour games marathon in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, their ultimate objective being to raise around £100.

With consoles set to “play” mode and essentials such as pop, crisps and sweets at the ready, the boys started at 4pm, gaming through the evening and into the night and as the sun rose they found that their target had not only already been met, but been exceeded three-fold and by mid-morning it stood at over £300!

Although weary, they played on and at one minute past four, the two Sea Cadets downed their handsets and found that, after 24 hours of non-stop gaming, they had raised a staggering £815!

Lieutenant Trevor Harris, Commanding Officer of Cardiff Sea Cadets, praised their achievement saying they deserved a big “Bravo-Zulu” (Naval terminology for “exceptionally well done”).

Cardiff Sea Cadets meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9.15pm at their Headquarters in Ty Llewellyn Morgan Street Cardiff. Although temporally closed at the moment due to the lockdown they are still enthusiastically working with cadets virtually.

Cardiff Sea Cadets are still actively recruiting Cadets and all young people aged 10 to 17 are eligible and welcome to join. So why not come along and see what the Sea Cadets can offer you?

Contact us at: sea-cadets.org/Cardiff

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