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.
IMPACT OF OUR WORK
There are many issues that affect young people after treatment for cancer, 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.
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.
“Joe enjoyed the whole trip but sailing with Ellen was the highlight. Joe will be back hopefully next year and I know when he is 18 he will volunteer. It was lovely to see him looking forward to something so much. Thank you so much for asking Joe on the trip. Words cannot express our gratitude. It was something we talked about when Joe was very ill in hospital. Just pleased his dream did come true!”
- Mother of Joe, 15
“Tyler gained lots of confidence and lots of new friends who he is still in touch with. I’m really glad he went. To meet children who have been through the same thing is invaluable. Whilst sailing, Tyler met a volunteer who had had the same cancer as Tyler and was in his twenties. That gave him a lot of hope for the future.”
- Mother of Tyler, 15