07 February 2023

Ancasta and the Trust inspiring brighter futures

More young people living through and beyond cancer will be inspired to believe in a brighter future thanks to a new partnership between the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Ancasta Group, one of Europe’s largest yacht sales and service organisations.

Caledonian Hero sailing on a sunny day in Largs More than 2,830 young people from across the UK have sailed with the Trust since its launch by the history-making yachtswoman in 2003. But currently the charity can only support 1 in every 10 young people it could each year.

To help more young people benefit from Trust support after cancer, for every new boat sold, Ancasta will donate the cost for one young person to go on a four-day sailing adventure with the Trust for the first time. Ancasta will also support the charity through team fundraising, volunteering, and awareness-raising activities.

A history of transforming young lives together

Nick Griffith, Ancasta Managing Director, said: “Having witnessed the wonderful work the Trust does, and met a number of the young people they support, we are delighted to assist in giving more young people access to this wonderful and immensely productive programme.

“All the team at Ancasta, along with our clients and suppliers, are very proud to be involved with the Trust. Hopefully Ancasta’s involvement will encourage others to get involved in helping the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust achieve its admirable target of doubling the number of young people they can get on the water.”

Ancasta and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust have a history of transforming young lives together.

Following the advice and support of Ancasta, in 2016 and 2017 the Trust launched two specially adapted Beneteau Oceanis 45s - Caledonian Hero and Solent Hero – to make sailing more accessible for young people, especially those who live with mobility and sensory challenges from their treatment and/or surgery. The work to adapt the boats was undertaken by Ancasta Yacht Services in Hamble.

Accessible to all young people who have a cancer diagnosis

Last year, 519 young people enjoyed a Trust sailing or outdoor adventure. By the end of 2025, the Trust aims to double the number of young people it supports in one year, to work with almost 17% of all young people it could.

Frank Fletcher, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust CEO, said: “In March, our Ambitions 2023-25 will be launched with the aim to be accessible to all young people who have a cancer diagnosis in the UK and have the biggest impact possible on every one of them.

“Knowing we have Ancasta’s support towards achieving these ambitions is really significant. On behalf of all the young people we support I want to thank Nick and the team for their commitment and passion to inspiring even more young people believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.”

Because of the Trust, young people have fun, gain a new sense of purpose and self-worth, rediscover independence, and feel optimism for the future. They realise what they are capable of again, feel accepted and no longer like ‘the only one’.