Ellen MacArthur goes sailing with A Chacun Son Cap, a French charity for children with cancer and leukaemia.
The Ellen MacArthur Trust is officially launched on 2 January – it has one part-time staff member with then Trust manager, Martin Noyle, overseeing things.
The inaugural Trust trip sails out of Cowes on 20 July, with five young people from Great Ormond Street Hospital. The following week a group from Southampton General Hospital sails too.
More hospitals are recruited and trips increased including the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) and University College London Hospitals (UCLH).
Decision is made to work with young people until they reach 18 or remission date.
Long-standing relationship with the Little Britain Challenge Cup (LBCC) begins.
Named an official charity of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race – first Trust crew takes part in the iconic race in what is the first Return To Sail activity.
Starts working with Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham for the first time.
Frank Fletcher, who has volunteered with the Trust since the start, was appointed full-time manager / CEO in November.
CLIC Sargent Bristol added to groups Trust works with.
Through the Trust’s association with UKSA, three young people from NICFC join a leg of the historic Gipsy Moth IV voyage, flying to Panama to begin their journey of a lifetime to the Galapagos.
Named as the official charity to Skandia Cowes Week 2006-2008 – eight young people sail as part of a Trust crew as part of Return to Sail.
Gordon Applebey lends his yacht, Scarlet Oyster, to the Trust for the first time and becomes a close friend to everyone involved with the charity.
The Trust’s first annual fundraising Ball is hosted.
The Trust’s elevated profile sees new groups from The Royal Marsden Hospital, Addenbrookes Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, CLIC Sargent Cardiff and CLIC Sargent Scotland join trips for the first time.
The Trust’s Return to Sail programme continues growing as the first residential activity week takes place at Essex Outdoors Bradwell.
The idea for graduate volunteers is born with Dan Monk, who first sailed with the Trust in 2004, supported through his Yachtmaster qualification and skippering his own Trust trip.
Three young people, this time from QMC Nottingham, join the Gipsy Moth IV leg in Crete, spending five days sailing in the Mediterranean.
Gordon Applebey sadly passes away in February leaving an incredible Trust legacy. Having skippered Scarlet Oyster in the 2006 and 2007 Round the Island races, he was instrumental in the Trust’s first Round Britain voyage by pledging Scarlet to the trip.
New hospitals from Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield join trips from the first time.
Bradwell increases to two weeks.
Eight graduate volunteers return to support Return to Sail activities.
The 2009 Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain voyage is announced.
The Trust is donated its first yacht from the Poole Sail Training Trust.
The Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain voyage sets sail in May – the crew includes one young person who sailed on the very Trust first trip in 2003.
New hospitals from Liverpool, Cornwall, Leicester and Oxford join trips from the first time.
Run the first Trust Graduate Training Week, with several young people working towards their Competent Crew qualifications and returning as volunteer mates.
Two Trust boats take part in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
Named as the official charity of the West Wight Triathlon.
The charity is renamed The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust with the new message ‘rebuilding young people’s confidence’.
Work with young people from Newcastle for the first time as the Trust runs 25 summer sailing trips.
The Trust’s first four-day trip for 18-24s is piloted.
Four Trust boats take part in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
A Longer Cruising week is offered for the first time through Return to Sail. Four yachts sail to Brixham and back, stopping at various ports along the way.
Graduate Training grows with 15 young people now over 18 passing their Competent Crew qualification and returning as volunteers during the summer.
The Return to Sail programme is extended to include a North-based residential in the Lake District at Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre.
Over 18s Return to Sail is launched with a four-day sailing experience on the world famous, gaff-rigged pilot cutter, Jolie Brise. These ran each year until 2014.
Hosted the first annual BT Tower fundraising event in London.
Over 18s Return to Sail grows with first trip to Bradwell.
Trust celebrates its 10th birthday
Two trips run from Largs in Scotland for the first time thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The Trust Youth Board is launched to give young people a voice on decisions affecting the Trust and to feed ideas to the main Board of Trustees.
Young people Kristie Reid and Lucie Carrington are selected to take part in the 2013-14 Clipper Round The World Race, with the Trust as the race’s official charity.
Claire Amaladoss becomes the first young person to join the Board of Trustees. Claire first sailed with the Trust in recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2007.
The first Return to Sail longer cruising trips are run from Largs.
Surf’s up as a third Return to Sail residential trip was introduced at Outdoor Adventure in Bude, Cornwall.
East Coast cruising is offered for Over 18s as well as U18s for the first time.
The Trust’s first widening access canal boat trip with CanalAbility launches in Essex.
With thanks to the Peoples Postcode Lottery, the Trust purchases its first Largs based yacht ‘Moonspray’.
To kick off 2017 the Trust launches it’s second ‘Round Britain Challenge’ taking a total of 125 young people on a 17-leg, 2,400 nautical mile relay round Great Britain.
A uniquely adapted yacht ‘Caledonian Hero’ is welcomed to the Trust, thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery. Its bespoke adaptations and additions allows the Trust to accommodate trips for young people whose mobility may be limited.
20th May 2017 – Our Round Britain adventure begins!
Dame Ellen MacArthur officially starts the voyage as ‘Moonspray’ sails out of Largs Yacht Haven bound for Glasgow, with a crew of young people who all first sailed with the Trust in recovery from cancer.
24th September 2017 – Our Round Britain voyage draws to a close.
After 127 days, 2,400 nautical miles and with 125 young people as crew over 17-legs, ‘Moonspray’ completes her Round Britain voyage and sails back in to Largs Yacht Haven.
The generous support of the Peoples Postcode Lottery in 2018 enables 663 young people to go on Trust trips, allowing them to rediscover a future they may have never imagined possible.
The Trust launches our pilot ‘Siblings Trip’!
When a young person is diagnosed with cancer family dynamics change, impacting relationships with siblings who often, experience feelings of guilt, worry, and loneliness.
in 2018 we are very excited to extend our support by running a pilot ‘Siblings Trip’. We will be taking 25 siblings between the ages of 8 and 17 to the residential outdoors activity centre in Bradwell.
It’s our 15th Birthday!
On the 18th July 2018 the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust celebrates 15 incredible years of supporting young people in recovery from cancer.
Over our 15 years we have taken a phenomenal 1,906 young people on a first time sailing trip across our two locations at Cowes, Isle of Wight and Largs, Scotland.
Here’s to the next 15 years!