Southport Sea Cadets Boat Presentation & Blessing of ‘MAY 101’

Father David of Our lady’s of victory in Hightown blessed Southport Sea Cadets new boat ‘MAY 101’ at their headquarters at Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport on Tuesday evening (11th June 2013).

Cherry Tree Lodge helped raise donations  through  fundraising.

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Gordon Ferguson (owner of Cherry Tree Lodge) said: We consider the youth are the future of our great country.

How well they are brought up, taught, guided and encouraged by us all, will determine the country’s success or failure.

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The Cherry Tree Lodge, owner, managers, staff, residents and their families are very pleased indeed to be active supporters and fund raisers for such a worthwhile cause.

Last year we all decided to raise money for the Southport Sea Cadets because they needed a boat. We managed, with others, to raise sufficient money to enable their dream to finally come true.
Whilst one competition boat is all well and good, a second boat is now very much needed. This will enable the cadets to race against each other, which will stimulate the competitiveness of all the participants.

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Above: Southport Sea Cadets Chairman John Walters and Gordon Ferguson

For these reasons Cherry Tree Lodge is again fully supporting the Southport Sea Cadets by starting to raise money for their second boat and we hope that this will be “very soon” with everyone’s help.

The 8th of June was in fact the 25th Anniversary of Cherry Tree Lodge and we had a great celebration. As a side issue we raised £272.60 which we are donating to the Southport Sea Cadets to kick start the collection.

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Above: May 101 sets sail

Today, we are blessing and launching May 101. To assist in this great event we are supplying freely to everyone the barbecue food, the drink and celebratory toast.

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Pat Shanks & Gordon Ferguson (Cherry Tree Lodge) kick start the next boat  fundraiser with a £272.60 cheque donation

For your part, please contribute as generously to the fund as you can. Really stretch yourselves, dig deep not only in your pockets but in your wallets and cheque books. We not only need your money but the sea cadets also need your support in any way you can give it. Remember “Cast your bread upon the water and it will be returned to you tenfold”.

If anyone would like to come forward with any good fund raising ideas that we can all get involved with, please contact us.

Why “May 101”

When CTL were planning the presentation of our donation to the Southport Sea Cadets it was decided by all concerned that it would be a lovely event if our oldest resident of our home presented a cheque to the youngest cadet.

Our oldest resident at that time was a really lovely resident called May Gidman. She was very popular with everyone and the staff nicknamed her “Aunty May: Aunty May also happened to be our oldest resident ever, at the grand age of 101

After the presentation the subject of the name of the boat was talked about and someone suggested calling it “MAY 101”

This was unanimously and very enthusiastically agreed.

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Pictured above is May

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