16 May 2023
A family’s life is turned upside down when a young person is diagnosed with cancer. Brothers and sisters can be significantly impacted by the long-term illness of a sibling. They need support too.
That's why, every year, we welcome siblings of young people who were supported by the Trust after treatment, to come on an adventure of their own.
And this year, up to 30 siblings are invited to join us for a five-day residential trip at Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre between Monday 31 July - Friday 04 August.
If your child or sibling is aged between 8-17, and has a sibling who has previously sailed with us after cancer treatment, they could be eligible.
Get to know Longtown
Longtown is situated close to the English and Welsh border near Hereford.
Archery, rock climbing tower, stand up paddleboarding, raft building, high and low ropes, plus an internal traverse wall, these are just some of the things siblings could enjoy without leaving the Longtown centre itself!
Then, the nearby Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains make the perfect playground to try caving, hill walking, rock climbing and gorge walking as you soak up the spectacular scenery.
A number of pick up points across the country are available for young people to travel from to Longtown or you can arrange your own travel.
The difference it makes
Like young people who are treated for cancer, many of their siblings never get to meet others like them who have been through the same as them. There is a unique understanding between these young people, who often cope with enormous practical and emotional upheaval when their sibling has had a cancer diagnosis.
Many siblings find talking about their shared experiences, often for the first time, comes naturally during this trip and it helps them. But there is no pressure to.
Find out more and sign up now