A north-east group has raised more than £3,000 to fund a new base for its members.
Fraserburgh Sea Cadets has outgrown its facilities in both the town and Sandhaven, where it launches a fleet of boats.
It currently has a waiting list of about 30 children who are desperate to join, however they are unable to accommodate such large numbers as the group does not have the room.
The cadets can only host up to 30 children at any one time due to the limited space it has within the quayside property in Fraserburgh and the cabins it has erected at Sandhaven harbour.
But now efforts to replace both buildings with a 60 person facility have been buoyed by the group’s Christmas fundraisers.
A spokesman for the cadets said yesterday it had raised £3,637 towards the effort.
Youngsters had taken part in activities including bag packing at local supermarkets and taken collections during Santa’s tours around the neighbouring communities.
All of the money will go towards helping Fraserburgh Sea Cadets raise the remainder of the £240,000 it needs to have its new base up and running by 2018.
The spokesman added: “Thank you to everyone that has supported us.”
“There’s so many young people out there that would benefit from what we’re doing here.
“We’ve invested over £100,000 in the facilities here already so we can provide things like sailing, wind surfing and rowing by qualified instructors.”
Anyone who can support the project should visit www.sea-cadets.org/fraserburgh