The Ellen MacArthur
Cancer Trust is a national charity that takes young people between the ages of
8-24 on sailing trips to help them rebuild their confidence after cancer
treatment and re-engage with education, employment and society.
The Trust was set up
15 years ago by internationally renowned yachtswomen Ellen MacArthur after she
was invited to go sailing with a group of children with cancer, organised by
French charity A Chacun son Cap. In Ellen’s own words this was the best days
sailing she has ever had, realising there was no such charity in the UK she was
inspired to set up something similar. Thus, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Why we are needed…..
Today, 11 more children and young people will
hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Only after treatment
ends, and the doctors and nurses have done their work, can a young person start
rebuilding their life. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer
Trust provides the bridge between treatment and a young person seizing the
future they may never imagined possible.
How does sailing work towards helping young
people regain confidence?
people are initially invited to take part in a four-day sailing trip on yachts
in the Solent on the South Coast of England or on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland,
which are run throughout the summer holidays.
atmosphere a boat creates has an incredibly positive effect on the young
people, concentrating very much on what they can achieve rather than what they
cannot. We have discovered that the maritime environment has immense power to
re-engage young people, enabling them to get away from their illness and build
new positive lives. We see them evolve from being quiet and introverted to
being confident, fun loving and inspiring young people.
After the initial
trip, the Trust annually invites them back to take part in other sailing events
until they are 24. These events include Round the Island Race, a week-long
residential week at the Bradwell outdoors Centre in Essex, Outdoor Adventure in
Cornwall, Water Park in the Lake District and cruising in the West Coast of
Scotland, and the East Coast of England.
Inviting the young
people back to take part in other events enables the Trust to establish ongoing
longer-term support that many young people need. Once the young people are over
24 we train those who are interested so they can return as volunteers.
For more information please visit: www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org
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