Rushden Sea Cadets get active to fight the lockdown blues


After 12-months of living with COVID-19, many of us are struggling to stay fit and healthy, but with Wednesday, April 7, being ‘World Health Day’ a group of volunteer staff and youngsters from Rushden Sea Cadets have found a great way to keep themselves and their supporters active, in a bid to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

The Olympic Games will be taking place in Tokyo this summer, after being postponed last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, so the Sea Cadets decided to set themselves an incredible challenge.

Together with their supporters, they have been working as a team to walk, cycle, row, swim or run from Rushden to Tokyo, with the aim of getting there before the opening ceremony on July 23.

That’s a total distance of 8,900 miles, travelling (virtually) through 24 countries!

David Pickles, who is Chairman of Rushden Sea Cadets and the challenge organiser said:
“The main purpose of this challenge is to motivate people to get outside and keep active. The pandemic is having an impact on everybody’s lives and regardless of age, this has been a challenge for many of us, including isolation from friends, being confined to our homes, or worries that family or friends might get sick, and all of this is naturally taking its toll on our wellbeing.”

As well as boosting their physical and mental wellbeing, the event is also raising sponsorship money to help fund a series of fun activities for the cadets once lockdown restrictions ease.

As with many charities, fundraising opportunities have been extremely limited over the past 12-months and the group relies on donations to be able to keep supporting local youngsters.

They’ve raised almost £500 so far, but if you would like to help them out you can visit their JustGiving page:

Rushden Sea Cadets is part of the national Marine Society and Sea Cadets Charity – a youth organisation that provides a wide range of fun activities to over 15,000 youngsters between the age of 10-18, at almost 400 locations throughout the UK.

You can learn more about Rushden Sea Cadets by visiting their webpage or find them on Facebook @SeaCadetsRushden or Instagram