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

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.

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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."

Finn was just six when he began experiencing severe chest pains. Doctors told him they were caused by anxiety, but the only thing making him anxious were the chest pains. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, finishing treatment aged eight, but relapsed the following year.

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