About us

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that supports young people aged 8-24 in rebuilding their confidence after cancer.

When treatment ends our work begins because, for many young people, picking up where they left off before their diagnosis isn’t possible.

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The difference we make

Cancer treatment can be excruciatingly lonely with long periods of isolation away from friends, family and school. For many young people, picking up where they left off before their diagnosis isn’t possible. Only after treatment ends can they start rebuilding their life from the devastation of cancer.

Imagine losing a leg and having a false one fitted, or suddenly not being able to balance or co-ordinate your body as you always have done, or your hair's got really thin in places.

Imagine growing up having periods of debilitating tiredness or discovering your can't have children. Now imagine living with the constant anxiety of the cancer coming back or how other people think you look.

This is where we come in...

Through sailing and other UK-wide adventure activities, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust supports, inspires and empowers young people aged 8-24 to embrace their future with optimism after treatment for cancer.

Young people build confidence by making friends with others who have had similar experiences - often for the first time - rediscovering independence away from home and learning new skills. Most importantly, they stop feeling like the ‘only one’.

Young people feel more positive about getting back into education or employment, reconnecting with their friends and families and reestablishing their place in the world. They discover a future they might never have thought was possible.

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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Our impact

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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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