New superstore helps sea cadets sail towards target

A fund-raising appeal by Chorley Sea Cadets has been kickstarted by the town’s newest supermarket.

The cadets hope to raise enough for a new minibus as they prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary next year.

Chorley sea cadets, Gemma Abbott, 15, and Jordan King, 14, as  Gordan Cadman fills up the first tank with store manager, Paul Wilcox. Picture by Mark Waugh.

Chorley sea cadets, Gemma Abbott, 15, and Jordan King, 14, as Gordan Cadman fills up the first tank with store manager, Paul Wilcox. Picture by Mark Waugh.

They were given a boost when they received a £2,000 donation from Asda at the official opening of its new petrol station on Bolton Street, Chorley, on Friday.

The sea cadets, in their current 10-year-old minibus, launched the petrol station by being the first to fill up.

They also collected their £2,000 cheque, which will be added to the £500 donated by Coun John Walker from his year as mayor.

Gordon Cadman, commanding officer for Chorley Sea Cadets, said: “We do activities every weekend and we can’t manage without our minibus.”

Richard Higson, chairman of Chorley Sea Cadets, added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Asda for their generosity.

“The donation is a welcome boost to our jubilee fund.”

The cadets are aiming to raise around £10,000 and will hold raffles and other fund-raising events to reach their target.

The launch of Asda’s petrol station saw the first customers visit the new site.

People can now order their shopping online and pick it up at the supermarket.

Asda will officially open at 10am on Monday, six months after building work started.

More than 400 people will work there, including 300 new employees and 60 workers who have transferred from other Asda supermarkets.

It will be the largest Asda store opening this year.

And manager, Paul Wilcox, said he does not want to hit existing businesses in Chorley.

He said: “The opportunity of Asda in Chorley is to bring more customers into Chorley.

“That’s been my goal since the outset.”

Local organisations already given support by Asda include Chorley Football Club, Living Waters Storehouse and Tatton Community Centre.

And Danny Cronin, Asda’s community life champion, hopes to work with Chorley Little Theatre to see if they can get funding from Asda.