About us

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that inspires young people aged 8-24 to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

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The difference we make

Cancer treatment can be very lonely with long periods of isolation away from friends, family and school.

For many young people, simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis isn’t possible. That is why when treatment ends, our work begins.

Through sailing and outdoor activity, young people…

  • build confidence by making friends with others who have had similar experiences - often for the first time.
  • rediscover independence away from home and outside of their ‘cancer bubble’.
  • begin to realise what they are capable of again.
  • stop feeling like the ‘only one’.

Their mental wellbeing improves, and they can start to re-establish their place in the world by getting back into education or employment and reconnecting with their friends and families.

Every young person should feel valued, accepted, optimistic and independent living through and beyond cancer.


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Graphic detailing the different effects cancer can have on a young person

The Trust won’t ever drop you or forget about you. It will always be there for you.

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The history of the Trust

From Dame Ellen MacArthur’s early inspiration to how we got to where we are today.

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Finn's Story

We’ve not had much control over our lives because of the experiences we’ve had. It’s really nice to be able to reclaim that.

No longer feeling in control after a diagnosis is normal. His first trip put Finn back in the driver's seat.

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