Trusts and Foundations

Charitable Trusts and Foundations are a primary source of Trust income. They play a vital role in more young people believing in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

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Partnerships shaping futures

The Trust receives no government or statutory funding. We rely wholly on donations and fundraising activities to continue making a life-changing difference to young people in recovery from cancer.

We believe building strong lasting relationships with our funding partners achieves the best outcomes for all – the young people, the funder and the Trust. Through developing a funding model that promotes sustainable investment, we can plan with confidence while showing greater ambition in our impact on young people.

We have received grants to meet both the costs of specific voyages or activities, as laid down in the terms of the grant, and enjoyed access to unrestricted regular funding to help us achieve outcomes determined by the Trust with the funders’ agreement.

If you are a Charitable Trust or Foundation interested in working with us, or if you could make an introduction to someone who sits on the Board of one of the UK’s 10,000 Trusts and Foundations, we would love to hear from you.

There is still much to do and we remain highly ambitious for our young people.

Our impact

Making a real step change in how we measure our outcomes and impact to prove and improve what we do was a key 2020-22 Ambition.

Working with impact specialists, Trust Impact, we developed our Theory of Change, and introduced the independently-verified Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale to measure how trips affect young people’s wellbeing.

Impact measurement is now at the heart of shaping what we do, to do more of the things that make the biggest difference to improving young people’s mental wellbeing. Over time, our Theory of Change will also evolve in line with this evidence.

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Bigger Impact, Brighter Futures - Our Ambitions for 2023-25

'Bigger Impact, Brighter Futures' lays out our three-year Ambitions to be even more accessible and inclusive to all young people who have a cancer diagnosis in the UK and ensure every young person we supports experiences belonging and improved mental wellbeing with the Trust.

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Laura's Story

It’s a really nice break from the real world.

Laura had finished her treatment for ovarian cancer, but she still needed help making sense of what she had been through. She rediscovered herself on the water with others she could relate to.

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