The canal boat trips are for young people who are full-time wheelchair users, need more 1-2-1 support, or are anxious about their mobility.
This trip is for 8-17 and 18-24 year-olds.Register for a trip Contact the team
It’s hard to explain how only four days on a boat can be so transformational. You have to live it to understand it. The result is very special.
There will be a qualified medic to help cover all necessary medical needs of the young people on the trip. Your medical information comes from the medical and consent form you fill in prior to the trip, so make sure you include all relevant, up to date medical and non-medical information you feel we should know about.
Just as in 2021, we will be asking everyone who is eligible to be three weeks post-COVID vaccination by the time of their trip (unless medically exempt). We know not everyone who is eligible will have been offered the vaccine yet, but we will ask for proof of vaccination ahead of your trip. So, if you haven’t yet had the jab, but do want to join us for a trip in 2022, please book to have the vaccine whenever you’re able to or you are offered it.
If you've not had your first vaccination yet and/or are nervous about having it, have a read of our Vaccinations Q&A - lowdown from the experts and/or listen to our medical advisor, Dr Dave Hobin, and Trust volunteer and pharmacist, Anniela Etheridge, discuss vaccinations on our Sound Waves podcast.
We will update the below to reflect what will happen in 2022 once next summer's trip plans have been finalised.
There will be four young people on each canal trip.
No way! All our staff and volunteers understand the after-effects of cancer, including fatigue, can last a long time. They can make sure you get as many rest breaks as you need. You will be encouraged to join in all the activities, but won’t be forced to do anything you won’t be able to manage. We always also try to put young people into groups with similar abilities, so no one feels left out. You will surprise yourself.
Nope! During the trips you don’t actually go in the river, so you don’t need to be able to swim. Lifejackets will be provided for when you are on deck or the towpath.
Not as much as you think! Closer to the time of your trip we will send you a Trip Handbook containing all the information you need, including a full kit list. You won’t need any specialist clothing, waterproofs or a lifejacket – we provide all that - just normal clothes, including some warm layers, shoes you don’t mind getting wet and a pillow. You will basically live in joggers/leggings, a hoodie and your Trust trip t-shirt!
The canal boats have a fully equipped kitchen so you will eat a good mix of hearty, home-cooked meals and lots of baking! We try to cater for everyone’s needs and diets and aim to promote a healthy diet. If you do have any special dietary requirements these go on your Medical Form.
Everybody sleeps on the canal boat. The boat you will be on has four main sleeping compartments, with one bunk specially adapted for those with mobility difficulties or who use a wheelchair.
Any phones or valuable electronic equipment are bought along entirely at your own risk and we cannot be responsible for any loss or damage. We recommend these are left at home, but do understand you may want to bring them along for the journey. Network coverage and charging facilities can vary greatly during the trip. Our staff and volunteers will have phones you can use to phone home if necessary and Trust contact will be provided to family and friends should they need to get in touch while you’re away. Because everything is provided, you only need enough money for any extra snacks or souvenirs you want to buy. We suggest no more than £20.
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Are you interested in coming on this Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust trip? Or do you know someone who you think might benefit from joining us? Please fill in the contact form below, or call 01983 297750 to chat to one of our team.
Please note – eligibility information can be found on the trip page.
Do you know a young person aged 8-24 that could benefit from Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust support? Please fill in the contact form below, or call 01983 297750 to chat to one of our team.
Please note - treatment must be finished before a young person comes on a trip. But if you would like to find out more about what support is open to them after your treatment ends we would still like to hear from you.
The week has been the best! I never thought I would get the chance to do this. I’ve made loads of new friends, I’ll definitely stay in touch.