A cancer diagnosis has a devastating effect on all members of a family and we provide them with the opportunity to spend quality time together away from the stress of living with the disease.
Families in these circumstances are often unable to afford a break as the diagnosis causes financial stress due to reduced work hours or having to give up work completely. These families can never take a day "off" from cancer and it dominates all aspects of their lives. They often live with the worry, stress and uncertainty for many years.
We are increasingly receiving referrals where the outlook is not positive and the families ask us for a last family holiday together to create memories for the children.
Our respite programme consists of family sailing days,riverboat adventures, cruises, park and resort breaks and sailing weekends for youngsters recovering from cancer. We also support young carers who sacrifice their childhood for the sake of their families by giving the whole family a break.
We rely completely on donations and the sailing community has been incredibly supportive from the start. We are so grateful for the help we have received from clubs and individual sailors across the country over the past 16 years.
How to support us
There are various ways to support us. Many clubs host small regattas or social events or take part in our Tea by the Sea event during the sailing season. We also host 24 hour liferaft challenges at various locations during the year. Individual sailors taking part in big races often use it to help us by raising sponsorship. We are grateful for any support, big or small.