Guidance on pre-trip illness

What should I do if I've been or feel ill before my Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust sailing or outdoor adventure?

Last updated: 6 February 2024

Nothing matters more than keeping young people safe on our trips.

We support young people after cancer, including some who are clinically vulnerable. So, to keep everyone as safe as possible, there are a few things we ask...

Please do not come on your trip if you have...

  • a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, plus any of the other official COVID 19 symptoms, which can be found on the NHS website (
  • diarrhoea or feeling or being sick.
  • a high temperature, a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, a cough, red, sore, watery eyes, plus any of the other official measles symptoms, which can be found on the NHS website (
  • you do not feel well enough to go to school/work or do your normal activities.

If you have any or a combination of the other symptoms, but do feel well enough to go to school/work and do your normal activities, please contact us to discuss.

Please be reassured, if illness stops you coming on your trip this year, it will not affect your chance to come back next year.


Vaccination against COVID-19 and/or measles is not part of the trip eligibility criteria and/or a requirement for anyone taking part in Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust activities in 2024. But, due to the personal protection offered by the vaccination against serious illness and death from COVID-19 and/or measles, we strongly encourage everyone involved in our activities to be vaccinated in line with Government guidelines.


If there is any change to the national guidance around COVID-19 and/or measles, we will update this webpage and contact all young people (or parents/guardians) directly if anything is needed for or affects your trip.

Contact us

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact the team at [email protected]

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