What do you do?
We take young people between the ages of 8-24 sailing to support them in rebuilding their confidence after cancer.
Where are you based?
We have two bases – one on the South Coast of England in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and the other on Scotland’s West Coast in Largs. The Trust operated solely from Cowes for its first 10 years before the first trips were run from Largs in 2013. See What We Do for full details.
How do you recruit your young people?
Young people come to us either through our contact within each of these hospitals or units, usually a nurse or CLIC Sargent social worker, who recommend which young people they think would be benefit most from a Trust trip, or as self-referrals.
I have a yacht, could you use it for the Trust?
We charter our trip yachts during the summer season, and are always blown away by people’s generosity in lending the charity their boats. If you have a yacht near Largs or Cowes between June and September, and would like to support the Trust by loaning us your boat for a trip, we would love to chat to you.
Full details, including minimum specifications, can be found at the Lend/donate your yacht section of the website.
Are you anything to do with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation / Circular Economy?
No. Although Dame Ellen MacArthur DBE is the founder of both the Trust and the Foundation, to avoid confusion over the two different areas of work the Trust was renamed the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust in 2010.
For more information about the Foundation/Circular Economy visit www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org
How are you funded?
The Trust receives no government funding and relies on donations and support to run our operations. We receive help from the business community, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, related charities, sailing regattas and events and the general public, supplemented by Gift Aid.
Where can I find your accounts?
Company and Charitable law requires the Directors to prepare accounts for each financial year, which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company and of the surplus or deficit of the company for that period.
The Trust’s annual reports are available to download from the Publications page.
Who are your Trustees?
The Trustees cover a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience on all aspects relating to the Trust. Maintaining the right balance of expertise across the Trustees is a key consideration in inviting a new Trustee to the Board. Induction and training to their role as Trustees in undertaken by all.
How do I become a Trust volunteer?
There are two types of volunteer role you can get involved in – either as a land-based volunteer helping to man the Trust tent and promoting our work at various events throughout the year, or as a trip volunteer (sailing or medical) on the water.
You can find out more and how to get in touch at the Get Involved section.
I’d like to fundraise for the Trust how can you help me?
The only limit to what you can do is your imagination! You can either come up with one of your own fundraising ideas or sign up for one of our Trust events or challenges.
In turn we can help you with the best ways to make your efforts as worthwhile as possible. All the details can be found on the Fundraising pages.
How do I donate in my will?
There are a number of people each year who, once they have looked after those they love, leave a small gift to the Trust.
It’s always an honour to be chosen. If you would like to consider doing this, details can be found on the Donate page.