A FAMILIAR face from Scarborough’s fishing community is gearing up for his 11th Great North Run.
Fred Normandale, of Castlegate, is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Scarborough Sea Cadets.
The group needs to raise tens of thousands of pounds for essential maintenance and renovation work to the Sea Cadet Hall in East Sandgate.
Mr Normandale, who has been president of the Sea Cadets for more than 30 years, said the group is facing a huge repair bill as the building is in desperate need of attention.
He added: “They’re launching a fundraising campaign and I wanted to take this opportunity to raise some funds.
“The Sea Cadets have brought on some wonderful young people. We want to keep the fabric of the building and the group, or we will lose part of our heritage.”
The 62 year old is calling on former cadets, local businesses and Scarborough people who are proud of the organisation to help via donations.
He has pledged to match whatever he raises out of his own pocket, effectively doubling the amount.
Mr Normandale does not have a set target figure for his fundraising efforts, but says he will be happy if he can raise around £3,000.
He has already had a £100 from a local Rotarian to kick start his fund.
Mr Normandale explained that the Sea Cadets are planning a three-phase development and need around £20,000 for the building’s south face and £12,000 for the east face.
More investment will then be needed to radically redevelop part of the building and create a new parking area.
Mr Normandale will be doing the 13-mile Great North Run on September 18.
He normally runs in aid of two organisations close to his heart – the Sea Cadets and the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which runs the tall ships called, Lord Nelson and Tenacious, for able bodied and disabled people.
But this year he will be giving all the money to the cadets, as he believes they are in immediate need of the cash.
Mr Normadale said: “I’m looking forward to the run. I’ve perhaps not done as much training as I could have done, because I’ve been out a lot on the tall ships recently!
“But it’s a great event with a fantastic atmosphere. People are really friendly and help the runners by handing out sweets and cheering them on.
“It’s like a carnival and really good fun.”
If you would like to sponsor Mr Normandale, sponsor forms have been left at the Sea Cadet Hall in East Sandgate and the Leeds Arms pub.
Or you can call Fred on 07802 940666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All help will be greatly appreciated.