20 July 2023

Still time to raise #200for20

We are now officially 20 years old! Help us celebrate by making a life-changing difference to more young people this summer.

Our #200for20 challenge is in full swing and the amazing Trust community are finding no end of ways to raise £200 for our 20th anniversary.

You can still take part and mark this milestone in the Trust’s history by joining our #200for20 JustGiving page, where you will find all sorts of wonderful fundraising ideas.

No idea too big or small

John’s granddaughter has been supported by the Trust, so he took to the great outdoors and walked 125 miles of the Pennine Way across May and June. He raised over £500 and saw some stunning sights along the way, all captured on his fundraising page.

Charlie recently joined us on the Isle of Wight for another sailing adventure, and his family put together a banquet of a bake sale, pictured to the right, raising over £1,000. What a feast!

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust CEO Frank Fletcher has organised an epic walk from one end of the Isle of Wight to the other, from Sandown to Cowes. Joining him will be Emily, who since being supported by the Trust has sailed for Great Britain in the European Blind Match Racing Worlds, and will this year volunteer with us for the first time.

Also volunteering for the first time this year is Isla, who ran 100k throughout May for #200for20! They raised over £300 from this incredible effort. We can’t wait to see Isla and Emily on sailing adventures for years to come.

Elsewhere in the Trust offices, there is a challenge to go 20 days without Irn Bru (gasps were heard in our Scottish base!).

The difference it makes

By September, over 3,000 young people will have been on transformational sailing adventures with the Trust since we launched in 2003. That year, five young people from Great Ormond Street Hospital sailed from the Isle of Wight on our first ever trip. This year, around 700 young people are joining us on the water and at adventure centres all across the UK.

It is incredible to look back, but we are all about brighter futures. Over the next three years, we want to increase the amount of young people we can support following their treatment from 9% to 16%.

We know young people do not pick up from where they left off after their treatment ends. We know the difference the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust makes to their mental wellbeing, helping them feel more accepted, independent, and optimistic. Help us inspire even more brighter futures as we look to the next twenty years.