WHAT WE DO
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people aged between 8-24 sailing to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness.
In the summer of 2000, some months before the start of the Vendee Globe Round the World race, Ellen MacArthur went sailing in France with a group of children with cancer and leukaemia.
IMPACT OF OUR WORK
There are many issues that affect young people after treatment for cancer and leukaemia, and we find the teamwork involved in sailing, combined with spending time with peers who have been through similar experiences, can have a positive effect on confidence and therefore recovery.
“We have done so much this week, barbeques, water fights, football, and sailing! We’ve had loads of fun. I love boats, and it has been exciting to learn from such a great crew. I couldn’t pick the best thing about this week, although meeting Ellen was awesome! I would come back any day!”
- Cameron, 16
“Samuel returned great, full of life, beans energy, enthusiastic, more confident and less worrying of new challenges in life. He enjoyed everything! He actually said it was too short and needed to stay a few more days.”
- Parents of Samuel, 15