When a young person is diagnosed with cancer, it doesn’t just affect them. It’s felt by the whole family.
Siblings of young people in recovery need support too. Their lives are turned upside down by changes at home and often feel side-lined because of the attention their sibling needs.
Our siblings trip supports brothers and sisters of young people who have sailed with the Trust before. And applications for the 202o trip will be opening soon.
This trip is is a chance for siblings of young people who have sailed with the Trust to escape the uncertainties and stress of home life, while meeting other teenagers in the same situation, all the while having loads of fun at a week-long residential.
Held at Essex Outdoors Bradwell, there’s an exciting mix of activities on the water and on land, from canoeing on the river to archery.
Petra’s sister Rowan had been in and out of hospital for 10 years. Their mum, Beth, said Petra was left to get on with things on her own because Rowan needed lots of attention.
The trip gave Petra a chance to switch off for a week and was a ‘huge help’. “I made some lovely friends and did things I didn’t think I could do. It was amazing!”
Her mum agreed, saying Petra came back ‘empowered, confident and happy’. It was a chance for her to be around others who understand what a cancer diagnosis means for a family, since her school friends don’t always get what her life is like.
Feedback across the years asked for more sibling support, and feedback since the trips began in 2018 has shown the benefits to whole families. “I can honestly say it was the best trip of my life,” said Petra. “I had so much fun.”
In 2020, the trip will be held at Bradwell in Essex from Monday 27 – Friday 31 July and will be for siblings aged 13-17.
To be eligible, you must be a sibling of a young person who has sailed with the Trust before, and you cannot have attended the previous siblings trips. More than one sibling is able to apply so long as they fit the above criteria.
The option to apply will be coming soon. On this application, there will be the chance to give details of a sibling or siblings who would be suitable for the trip. There will be more information available in the coming months.
Transport will be freely available from designated pick-up points across the country.
Due to the physical nature of the activities, we are not currently able to accommodate full-time wheelchair users. Any questions regarding accessibility should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.