No fewer than 186 young people under 18 will be supported in rebuilding their confidence after cancer as the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been awarded £130,505 of funding from Children in Need.
More than 62 young people will be given the opportunity to set sail on a first-time trip from the Trust’s South Coast base on the Isle of Wight over the next three years thanks to funding granted from Children in Need.
Since 2012, Children in Need have been great supporters allowing the Trust to reach more young people during the difficult phase of rebuilding their life after cancer.
Being in the bubble of cancer treatment strips confidence for young people, but thanks to the ongoing support from Children in Need, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust can continue to give young people the opportunity to look ahead to a positive future.
The number of young people setting sail on Trust trips has dramatically increased since Children in Need provided funding to support the opening of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s Scottish base in Largs, which opened in 2013.
The four-day sailing trips are a unique and life-changing experience for the young people that join them, but they are about much more than just sailing. “Sailing is just a vehicle”, says Trust founding patron Dame Ellen MacArthur.
“It’s about regaining your life. The joy of the trips is overwhelming, there are always transformations, thanks to the ongoing support from Children in Need, we can continue to provide a lifeline for young people to start to rebuild their lives and confidence after cancer.”
This funding was made possible thanks to the generosity of the public who raised £60.7 million during the 2017 Children in Need appeal last year. Tune in to the BBC appeal show tonight (Friday 16 November) at 7:30pm and help Children in Need top that total and raise even more to support of young people in need across the UK.