A Birkenhead business is donating £1,000 to a Merseyside sea cadets’ unit to honour two brothers who have jointly given more than 100 years’ of service to the community group.
Carolyn and Alex Flynn, managing directors of Flynn Refrigeration, are giving a company donation to Wallasey Sea Cadets, which Alex and his children have all been members of.
The donation is set to be invested in central heating upgrades in the cadets’ meeting hall on Victoria Road, and also support broader activities for the 45 young members. Birkenhead-based Flynn Refrigeration delivers the complete refrigeration and air-conditioning package for marine, industrial and energy sectors – including supply, installation and maintenance services.
Mrs Flynn praised the charitable organisation’s work and its stalwart local volunteer-leaders, including brothers John and Ted Mason.
“This year instead of sending Christmas cards to all our customers and suppliers, we decided to give £1,000 to the Wallasey Sea Cadet unit,” said Carolyn. “At Flynn Refrigeration we are passionate about the maritime community and also nurturing young talent. We believe the Wallasey Sea Cadet Unit provides a hugely worthwhile service for young people in the area. We want this message to go out to as many businesses and residents as possible.
“We also wanted to commend the immense dedication of John and Ted Mason who have volunteered at Wallasey Sea Cadets for more than a century between them.”
Alex Flynn said: “I had a terrific experience as a sea cadet taking part in all sorts of activities and got to travel across the UK. It engaged me with the maritime fraternity which has proved an excellent avenue both personally and professionally.
“My children, Perry, Joshua, Laura, Charlie and Georgia, have all been cadets. Like me, they got a huge amount out of it taking part in important annual events such as Remembrance Sunday parades. This year’s donation is all about giving something back. The leaders in my day, John Mason and his brother Ted, are they are still active today. They’re fantastic role models and figure heads for the cause.”
Cadet leader John Mason said they were thrilled with the generous donation from Flynn Refrigeration.
“Sea cadet units are charitable organisations and rely on fundraising and donations,” he said. “This gift is a great boost towards upgrading the building and our activities. Most importantly, the cadets will benefit.
“We know Alex Flynn and the broader family well, and it’s a very generous gesture. We are always heartened when local businesses go the extra mile to show their support.”
Mr Mason, aged 76, has been active with the cadets for 45 years while brother Ted, aged 73, has given 60 years’ service. He recently donated new ceremonial colours to the unit in memory of his wife Grace, who died earlier this year. The new colours were consecrated at a service in St Nicholas Church, Wallasey.
The Wallasey unit meets at St James Hall on Victoria Road, a former church dating from 1912. Nationally, the Queen is the patron of all sea cadet units. However, the Wallasey unit is the only individual unit with an additional Royal patron – the Duchess of Cornwall.
Mr Mason said the connection comes after the Duchess launched the HMS Astute submarine, which is affiliated to the Wirral area and serves as a training vessel for the Wallasey cadets.
For more information contact Alex Flynn Email info @flynn-refrigeration.com Tel: 0151 691 6130 Visit: www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk.