ARRIVA - Arriva donates minibus to Chatham Royal Marines Cadet Unit

Arriva donates minibus to Chatham Royal Marines Cadet Unit

Marine Cadets Mini 120x106Arriva bus company has donated a Ford Transit minibus to the local Royal Marines Cadet Unit based in Chatham.

The 16-seater has replaced the unit’s existing vehicle and gives the cadets a more comfortable bus in which to travel to their various events.

Together with the trailer it tows, the minibus has been painted in Arriva’s blue livery in the company’s Paint Shop at Maidstone and carries striping in the unit’s colours, together with its name and crest.

Arriva’s Regional Publicity Manager, Richard Lewis, said “We are pleased to be able to continue a long-standing relationship with Chatham Royal Marines Cadet Unit by giving them a minibus to replace their existing vehicle which had reached the end of its life.

“We hope that this will make travelling to and from their events a better experience for the cadets.”

Marine Cadets Mini bus 2 120x106Accepting the keys of the minibus from Arriva’s Regional Managing Director, Heath Williams, the Unit’s Chairman, Steve Kocak, said “We are extremely grateful for Arriva’s generous donation and very thankful to their regular help and assistance.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Williams for his help and support to our unit.

“Having a minibus is vital to the unit to offer the cadets the full range of training, as it takes place all over the country. Not having one, as happened last year, has a massive impact on what we can offer to the cadets. We are indeed very thankful for this brilliant donation.”

Marine Cadets Minibus 3The Marine Cadets are based in Chatham and work in partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding. They receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the maritime sector and their core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.

For more details about the Chatham Royal Marines Cadet Unit, email