What did you do for the community (local, national or international)?
I am the chairman of Seaham Sea cadets. The Sea Cadets is an independent charity and I am in charge of providing finances and facilities to support the sea cadets. The sea cadets are aged between 10-18 years old and the facility provides fun and educational activities with a nautical theme. These activities include kayaking, power boating, sailing, navigation, military drill and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Why did you volunteer?
I was asked to take over as chairman because of the time I spent working in the Royal Navy before I became a teacher. At the time my son was a cadet too so I had knowledge and insight into the area which was really useful for the role.
What have you gained from such an experience?
A sense of achievement, especially when I raised £250,000 to build new premises on the seafront of Seaham – ensuring a modern facility for generations to come.
Top volunteering tip: Do what you enjoy, a hobby can easily become a volunteering role.