Last updated: 18 November 2021
THE TRUST WILL WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FULFIL THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- They are being/have been treated for a condition coded as cancer or have a bone marrow failure syndrome.
- They have had their 8th birthday by the time they come on a trip (*exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for other Trust activity.)
- They have been diagnosed before their 25th birthday. The upper age limit of 24 is flexible and each young person will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the agreement of the CEO and Operations Managers.
- There is no limit to how far post treatment a young person is to be eligible.
- They must reside in the UK.
- They must be 12 months post bone marrow/stem cell transplant and have started their re-immunisation process/have been advised by the treating team that they can return to work/school/college etc. The Trust is happy to discuss this further if needed.
- They must be able to self-administer any required injections.
- If the young person is undertaking ALL maintenance treatment, they can attend if they are well-established on their maintenance phase and in a stable condition.
- If the young person is still receiving any treatment or is at risk of neutropenic fever they will be required to have a full blood count taken in the week before the trip. These results must be: Neutrophils over 1.0, Haemoglobin over 80, and Platelets over 70.
- They must have the movement range to be able to get themselves in and out of a bath. There are wheelchairs available, but we are currently unable to accommodate full-time wheelchair users on this type of yacht trip. For young people who are full-time wheelchair users, have very poor mobility, or require a high level of support from the staff we run annual canal trips on fully accessible canal barges in partnership with CanalAbility.
If you are in any doubt about a young person’s eligibility, please contact the team on 01983 297750 (Isle of Wight) or 01475 672770 (Largs).
Vaccination forms part of our risk assessment to minimise the COVID risks as much as possible, both to the young people and their families and the Trust team (skippers, volunteers, full-time staff) who will be involved in the trips.
We will continue to review our position in line with Government advice and with our medical advisers. We need to find the appropriate balance between young people being able to get the support they need while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Please find our up-to-date position on vaccinations by age-group on our website here - Vaccination Update
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