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  • Cheeky Little Request!

    Hello everyone!

    It's not often I ask much, and this one's quite cheeky.

    Anyone who's been to Warsash or Southampton may be familiar with SS Shieldhall, a 1955 built steamship that now operates out of Southampton during the summer on short pleasure trips.

    Shieldhall is a lovely little ship that I've volunteered on a few times, but there's now a danger that she may be converted into a static exhibit or scrapped completely if funding can't be put together for dry-docking in 2011. Scrapping would be a terrible situation and would mean many years of work would go down the drain, and the blood, sweat and tears I put into chipping and scraping paint off a deck vent last week would have been in vain!

    So, what can you do?

    If you're in the Southampton area, come to Berth 29 on Wednesdays or Saturdays at 10:00. To get there, go to Dock Gate 4, tell them you're going to Shieldhall and continue through the roundabout. Turn left onto European Way and keep going until you see the yellow signs. No booking required, just turn up with a boilersuit and preferably some safety shoes. It's also an idea to bring a packed lunch and you'll need £10 on your first visit (for students, £15 otherwise) to join the society. The guys on board are always happy to see new volunteers, especially cadets, and you can volunteer on deck or in the engine room.

    If you don't have the time, or are too far away, then they'd really appreciate donations - it really doesn't have to be much, especially when you're a cadet and things are a bit tight, but every penny counts and even £1 will help. To give you an idea, £11 will pay for one minute of dry-docking.

    There are a number of donation options:

    By cheque directly to the society. Go to SS Shieldhall website.

    By PayPal to OfficerCadet, who will pass donations on to the society. Go to our donation page.

    Thanks for humouring me everyone and I'll be sure to keep everyone updated!

    Chris
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    Re: Cheeky Little Request!

    Hi everyone,

    Just a bit extra - our advertising revenue to date will cover our running costs for next year. Since we're not here to make a profit, I'm going to send advertising revenue over the next few months to Shieldhall. It's a simple and pain-free way for you to help. I can't say exactly what you need to do in case the Googleans give me a slap on the wrist, but I think it's quite obvious.

    Chris
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      Re: Cheeky Little Request!

      Chris, out of interest.. when you say that volunteers are welcome to help in the engine room, what exactly requires doing?
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      • #4
        Re: Cheeky Little Request!

        Can I count this as sea time towards my 2/Es hehe.

        Will send a donation through mate.
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          Re: Cheeky Little Request!

          I suppose you could do, apart from the fact you'd only be signing on for a day at a time on trips! :-p Might take a while to build up.

          Received that through, thanks very much. Forgot to say that they actually have a JustGiving site now, so I'll organise to send yours and others donations over this week.

          On behalf of the volunteers and the ship, thanks a mill for all the generous donations so far. The appeal is currently near the £10,000 mark!

          http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk

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            Re: Cheeky Little Request!

            Do you have a target amount for the drydocking?
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              Re: Cheeky Little Request!

              They're looking for £80,000, mainly because the only place they can drydock is in Falmouth so the fuel cost is huge. They've got nearly £10,000 over the last month, can only hope that some big corporate types feel like chipping in.
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